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Three Chamber Concerts 2014
by philip (31st August 15)
Chamber Concerts 2014 (Written by Helen Rankin and included in one of the GVCO Newsletters)

Three Chamber concerts presented by GVCO and Riverlinks held recently at Eastbank Function Room were a wonderful
success. GVCO is always delighted by the size of the crowds attending these annual afternoon series of concerts on consecutive
Sunday's in August/ September. The concerts are offered free to the community. The kindness of donations for the upkeep of our
orchestra are always gratefully received. The three concerts provided a wonderful variety of music.
The first concert was capably compered by Bruce Sterling. He likened the three consecutive concerts to a three course meal, each
concert with delicious tastes on offer, each course bringing its own individual sensations.
Entrée: Melody was the flavour of the day: glorious notes, some floating high, others rich
and deep- the audience entranced by the singing sounds of instruments and voice. The concert
opened aptly with bubbly - the Champagne Flutes, featuring Cindy Abbey, Vicki Prewett, Lea
D’Augello and Rachel Keen performing 'Romance' and 'Minuetto' from Mozart's 'Eine Kleine
Nachtmusik' and finally the popular Rossini's 'William Tell Overture'. Cindy and Rachel later
performed the Doppler Duet - 'Rigoletto Fantaisie'.
Leah performed a solo of 'Danse de la Chèvre', bringing the
imagined dancing goat to life with creative skill. All four flautists
executed their breathtaking flourishes beautifully. Andy Burkitt, a
Year 11 student from Wanganui Park Secondary College preparing for his VCE exam, mesmerised
the audience with the beautiful mellow sounds from his trombone. Year 12 WPSC student Emily
Shields, and student of classical voice teacher Renée Rankin, is currently preparing for her audition
at Monash University. The three solo songs, accompanied by Charlotte Drinnan were performed
with beauty and skill by both ladies..The first song, an Italian piece -'Chi Vuol Comprar', was
followed by 'O Mistress Mine' (Roger Quilter) and Emily concluded with the German liede 'Die
Forelle' - The Trout - by Franz Schubert. Bruce Sterling (piano), Ella Bicknell (violin) and Emma
King (cello) performed Franz Schubert's 1st Piano Trio in B-flat Major with finesse. The concert
concluded with a rich, velvety and professional performance by Lachlan Gallagher, Simon Baldwin,
Andy Burkitt and Jacob Coverdale in a Trombone Quartet. They played three pieces: 'Achieved is
his Glorious Work' from The Creation by Haydn, 'Scarborough Fair' and 'Song for Japan'. Just
wonderful. Entrée had concluded. The second concert was compered by Music Director Wendy Oakes.
Main: The concert opened not with the sounds of rumbling bellies (although you could relate!) but beating drums, heralding
the Shepparton String Ensemble to the stage for the performance of the Opening Title music from Game of Thrones. Gautham
Santhakumar -percussionist in the orchestra and a piano student of Heather Taylor - then sensitively performed 'Kiss the
Rain' (Yiruma) with Shepparton String Ensemble - the beautiful arrangement written by Wade Gregory. The string ensemble
concluded with Lady Gaga Fugue- a fantastic baroque variation of the contemporary song 'Bad Romance' by Lady Gaga.
Wanganui VCE music student Daly Wilson (Saxophone 🎷 ) played Improvisation 1 by Japanese composer Noda, a piece for
showing off the saxophone's sound capabilities and Daly did this with fantastic skill. Charlotte Drinnan, Bruce Sterling and
Wade Gregory- pianists extraordinaire- deftly performed Pizzicato from Sylvia by Delibes and Waltz by Rachmaninov - both
being Piano for Six Hands. The performance, once they had settled on who was sitting where, was jolly and flamboyant. You
would have to like each other 😉
The Willowmavin Quintet, a wind quintet lead by Steven Sargant entertained the audience with their beautiful blend of rich and
regal brass sounds performing two American flavoured pieces: 'Movements Op 16' - Muczynski and 'Pastorale Op 21' by
Persichetti. Felicity Oakes delighted the audience with her beautiful voice, skilfully accompanied by Matt Carrafa on piano.
Chocolates were handed out to fathers as a gift for Father's Day while Felicity sang a favourite ABBA song, 'Thank you for the
Music'. For the following two songs Felicity was joined by strings, music arranged by Matt and preciously including her mother
Wendy for two contemporary songs: the first being 'It's a Fine, Fine Line' and concluding with'Let it Go' from the animated
movie Frozen.
Valued 1st trumpeter 🎺 with GVCO, Chris Revell is also a VCE music student at Wanganui
Park. His performance of one of his VCE pieces - 2nd movement from Haydn's Trumpet
Concerto - was delightfully languid, accompanied beautifully by Charlotte Drinnan. The concert
concluded with the return of Shepparton String Ensemble for the rousing performance of
'Dances for Orchestra' featuring two violin soloists Ella Bicknell and Catriona Saunders in
beautiful harmonic sync. The third and final concert was compered by Charlotte who did a
wonderful job, changing hats several times to accompany performers as well.
Dessert:The final concert, featuring the clarinet section of the orchestra, opened with a
Clarinet Ensemble consisting of Brian Matthews, Carissa Foley, Cindy Abbey, Vicki Prewett and
Amanda Eagle, performing the renowned 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik'- Mozart, followed by the
popular 'The Greatest Love of All'. The concert included three solo performers, Charlotte Drinnan accompanying two of them.
Vocalist Renée Rankin sang three pieces beautifully, including a dark and dramatic liede, 'Verborgenheit' by Hugo Wolf and two
popular pieces: an old favourite of Renée's 'I Dreamed a Dream' and a beautiful new one from Wicked - 'I'm not That Girl'.
The second soloist accompanied by Charlotte was saxophonist Amanda Eagle who skilfully performed 'Fantaisie Pastorale for
soprano saxophone' by Jean Baptiste Singelée. The third soloist was a newcomer,
talented young pianist Charlie Bowmaker, a student of Helen Rankin, who delighted
the audience with his confident, from memory performance of Rachmaninov's
Prelude in C# minor. Speaking of talent, the audience was treated to the premiere of
two original pieces 'The Rising River' and 'Wivenhoe' composed and performed by
pianist Wade Gregory and string players Peter Read, Wendy Oakes, Alphonsus Tan
and Demi Woods. The third and final concert concluded with the delightful Mozart
Clarinet Quintet featuring clarinetist Brian Matthews, with violinists Wendy Oakes and Catriona Saunders, violist Peter Read and cellist Demi Woods. The three course
meal was concluded.
Thank you to all who came to make these concerts such a
success and to the performers for offering their talents to the community

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