Sharing their love of music

June 15, 2017

(Back) Shepparton High School Year student Louisa deBruin, 16, conductor Steven Sargant, Wanganui Park Secondary College Year 11 student Max Diamond, 17, Gouburn Valley Grammar Year 12 student Senara Kulatunga, 17, second violin Phil Oakes and Notre Dame College Year 7 student Liesl Parnell are all looking forward to performing in the Goulburn Valley Concert Orchestra.

The Goulburn Valley Concert Orchestra’s annual performance is sure to strike a chord with many who delight in listening to classical and modern music.

The orchestra includes more than 50 members who vary in age, but share a love of music.

This year’s program includes works from Handel’s Fireworks Suite and Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, Saint-Saen’s Carnival of the Animals narrated by Fiona Kennan, Forty Reasons to be Cheerful by Australian composer Graeme Koehne, and a John William’s medley featuring music from the Harry Potter movies.

Orchestra director Wendy Oakes said the performance would begin with more classical music and then gradually work towards more modern pieces.

Mrs Oakes said the orchestra had been rehearsing at Shepparton High School for about six months and everyone was looking forward to taking to the stage.

Orchestra conductor Steven Sargant will be conducting the entire concert this year and said he was looking forward to it.

‘‘It’s a privilege to be able to conduct a group like this,’’ he said.

The concert will include an impressive line-up of skilled musicians and vocalists.

The orchestra will be joined by vocalists Renée Rankin and Felicity McCowan for a beautiful rendition of Delibes Flower Duet from Lakme.

Choir 36 Degrees South will also join the orchestra for a performance of Handel’s Zadok the Priest and Simon Oakes will join the choir and orchestra to sing Queen’s Somebody to Love as the final musical piece for this year’s concert.

The Goulburn Valley Concert Orchestra will have its annual performance on Saturday, June 24 at Shepparton’s Eastbank Centre, 70 Welsford St.

Tickets can be bought from the Riverlinks Box Office by phoning 59329511.

For the full breakdown on what you can expect to see at the Goulburn valley Concert Orchestra’s annual concert see Weekend Life in the Saturday, June 17 issue of Weekend News.

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