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All stops out for a musical feast

Wednesday, 27th July, 2011

FINE FOOD AND MUSIC: Chef Lee Cecchin and musician Emelia Richardson look forward to entertaining the guests at the Royal Exchange Hotel this weekend. FINE FOOD AND MUSIC: Chef Lee Cecchin and musician Emelia Richardson look forward to entertaining the guests at the Royal Exchange Hotel this weekend.

Locals can treat themselves to good food, music and a nice afternoon out at two concerts by the Civic Orchestra this weekend.

On Saturday night the orchestra will play at the Royal Exchange Hotel, and on Sunday it will present its Winter Concert at the Wesley Uniting Church at 2.30pm. 

According to conductor Mark Curtis, the inspiration for both events came from the ensemble.

“When our orchestra began scheduling its 2011 program, of course we included a Winter Concert in the Wesley Uniting Church,” he said.

“It’s a wonderful building with a great acoustic and our concerts there are always well attended. The afternoon teas that follow are legendary - absolutely scrumptious, old-fashioned country fare. 

“They’re provided for a small charge by members of the Uniting Church, and they’re a great finale to our concert. 

“This is also when our supporters give us some great feedback about the concert.”

Mr Curtis said the orchestra also wanted to try something different this year, so they approached Terrie Clark, the Manager of the Royal Exchange Hotel, with the idea for a dinner concert.

On Saturday night diners will be treated to a seven-course degustation dinner prepared by chefs Paula Clare and John Hart and their mentor, Lee Cecchin. The Broken Hill Civic Orchestra will provide the music to add to the atmosphere of the occasion.

“The event was booked out within days of it being advertised - and there’s a waiting list,” Mr Curtis said.

But he said everyone was still welcome to come along to the Wesley Uniting Church and enjoy their Winter Concert and watch some local talent.

“We always like to feature younger musicians in our community, so on Sunday we’ve invited Fulu Komolafe to play some piano works, and Myles Burt to play guitar,” he said.

 

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