The Melbourne Grammar School Symphony Orchestra will be performing at the Morundah Paradise Palladium this Saturday as part of a tour of 11 regional locations this month.
Travelling over nine days and 3200 kilometres, the tour provides a wonderful opportunity to experience a full orchestra live in these towns.
The Orchestra’s concerts will be of various sizes and levels of formality in venues great and small.
Some nights they’ll perform in modern theatres, others in heritage halls, sometimes in farm sheds, and sometimes under the stars.
“It’s going to be huge,” says Mr Pat Miller, Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra.
“These incredibly talented students will showcase their skills in classical favourites by composers such as Brahms, Elgar and Tchaikovsky, alongside new works written especially for, and about, country Victoria. There will also be film music including the ever-popular Harry Potter theme song, and we might throw in a few surprises along the way.”
The students will also visit local historic and other points of interest each district.
“By performing in, and for, rural communities, we hope our young musicians will gain an insight into life in, and history of regional and rural Australia. We also want our students to appreciate the importance of giving generously of their time, expertise and funds raised to these communities,” Mr Miller said.
The group are travelling on a chartered train complete with sleeping carriages, which will be the orchestra’s home as they bring their music to country areas.
“It’s all-too-rare for country towns to host a full orchestra, so we expect this to be an unforgettable musical adventure for musicians and audience alike,” added Mr Miller.
The Symphony Orchestra presents regular performances at the School, together with Australian and overseas tours most years.
“Providing our music students with a range of performance experiences is an important part of Melbourne Grammar’s music program,” Mr Miller explains.
“It gives them the experience of a professional musician and, we hope, many will explore this as a future career option.”
All proceeds from the Orchestra’s performances will be donated back to local communities.
A bus will be leaving the Commonwealth Bank in Narrandera at 6.30pm and anyone who needs this service should call the Morundah Hotel on 69597414 after 3pm. There are still great seats available.
This article appeared in the Narrandera Argus, 15 December 2022.