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Civic orchestra ready for 2020

Thursday, 13th February, 2020

The Broken Hill Civic Orchestra with their newest member, clarinettist and medical student Kathryn Warrick (back row, third from left). PICTURE: Annette Northey The Broken Hill Civic Orchestra with their newest member, clarinettist and medical student Kathryn Warrick (back row, third from left). PICTURE: Annette Northey

By Annette Northey

The Broken Hill Civic Orchestra has bounded into 2020 with a variety of concerts planned. 

Already on their busy agenda is a private function, a bush wedding, where they have been requested to provide music for each and every stage of the event. 

This will include atmospheric music as the guests arrive, as the bride walks down the aisle and also as the newlyweds leave. 

Then, with formalities over, the orchestra will be dishing up some toe-tapping tunes to fuel the celebration. 

Following that will be another private concert for a group of music lovers on their Spirit of Australia Music Tour, hosted by John Howie.

Orchestra Conductor Mark Curtis said Mr Howie has brought tour groups out before and they always had a good time playing for them.

“This event will be in early May, but we will do a concert for the Broken Hill public around this time as well,” Mr Curtis said.

The orchestra is kept busy each year with public engagements such as events at the Regional Art Gallery and collaborations with the Philharmonic Choir, in addition to their own performances in various venues around the city.

But with the inevitability of teenagers going off to the big cities for university and adults and families leaving town for employment, the orchestra is always looking for new players to join the fold.

This year the orchestra welcomes Kathryn Warrick, a third year medical student from Sydney who is on placement here. 

Kathryn is an accomplished clarinettist who was a member of the esteemed Sydney Youth Orchestra and is delighted to have an orchestra to play in while she is here. 

She is even contemplating coming back when she finishes medical school.

Asked what she liked most about the city so far, Kathryn said, “The traffic, definitely the traffic.”

The orchestra welcomes players of any orchestral instrument, but is especially putting the call out to string players. Mr Curtis said players of any ability are most welcome.

“Our aim is to enjoy making music together and then share that enjoyment with our local community,” he said.

Anybody wishing to join is invited to come along to practice which is held at the BIU Band Hall in Beryl Street on Tuesday nights at 7.30pm. For more information, or if you would like to book the orchestra for a private function, call Peter Harvey at Broken Hill Music on 8088 4840.

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