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Brenn takes to stage again

Wednesday, 11th November, 2009

Local singing sensation Brenna Ellis will be one of the drawcards to the Philharmonic Society's concert on the weekend.

It could well be one of her last performances in the city for a while as the 15-year-old will be leaving the Silver City next year to further her musical and academic career at Annesley College in Adelaide.

Annesley provides music lessons with tuition from some of Adelaide's leading specialist teachers and professional artists. Brenna will be singing "Popular" from the "Wicked" musical as well as the song "Beautiful" with the full philharmonic choir. The "Looking Forward, Looking Back" concert will take place in the Musicians' Club Auditorium on Sunday from 3pm. The 75th year anniversary concert will be a tribute to the society's past, present and future and will mark their 215th concert. Conductors will be Di Cotterill and Randall Wheatley and musical accompaniment will be provided by Joy Harrison and Michael McKeon. The BIU band will also be performing, playing tunes from Phantom of the Opera, marches and Christmas songs and conducted by Ron Cotterill. The Ladies' chorus from the Philharmonic Choir will sing a song from Westside Story and Edgar and Alice Elgar called "The Snow."

The Men's chorus will sing a song from the "Desert Song", as will Lorraine McIntyre.

The full Philharmonic Choir will also sing a medley of songs including by John Denver, Bee Gees, Neil Diamond, Eric Clapton, Billie Joe and Greenday. Brenna, who has been singing since her days in the Burke Ward School choir, said she was both excited and nervous about her upcoming move to Adelaide. In 2007 Brenna started singing lessons with Marilyn Harris and began participating in concerts and musicals at Theatre 44. She entered her first eisteddfod and won all of the sections she entered. After the eisteddfod the adjudicator told Brenna she had a unique quality to her voice and suggested she move to Adelaide to pursue a musical education if she wished to become a professional performer. In 2008 Brenna started lessons with Adelaide performer and voice teacher Brian Gilbertson. Brenna has also been attending lessons with Dianne Cotterill for just over a year now and with her help has continued developing her voice and vocal style. Brenna said she was looking forward to performing in Sunday's concert as it will mark her first time performing with the Philharmonic Society. Tickets will be available at the door. Entry for adults is $10; concession $8 and family tickets are $20.

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