Boolarra Bushfire Recovery Concert – March 2020

The Young Volcals of Melbourne choir who will be performing.

The Boolarra Development group is planning a classical music afternoon as a bushfire relief fund raiser. The concert will be held at the Boolarra Hall on Sunday 31 May so keep that date in your diary. Musicians from home and away have agreed to perform for us and it should be another wonderful afternoon.
There will be a quintet of musicians coming to Boolarra from the Peninsula Chamber Musicians. They were such fun and a great hit at our last concert that we are so pleased to have them return.
Formed in 2013, Peninsula Chamber Musicians (PCM) have rapidly developed into an outstanding presence in the artistic landscape of the Mornington Peninsula. Whether performing at intimate chamber recitals or as the energetic Peninsula Chamber Orchestra, the group seeks to touch the hearts of concert goers and inspire the next generation of performers.
PCM was born from the desire to create opportunities and a sense of place for Peninsula based classical musicians. Now, it draws together highly skilled musicians from across the Peninsula and beyond. PCM has achieved recognition and support from members of Melbourne’s professional orchestral community.
Our local Budgeree women’s choir Duenna has also agreed to perform for us again. Last year we gave them a guide as to the type of music we were having and they selected songs to fit that program which were greatly enjoyed. They are very versatile singers and are always a delight. Duenna is an all-female a cappella vocal group that was formed in Budgeree mid-2018. Currently the group consists of nine women from around Gippsland. The group performs a variety of different music, from classical to popular tunes, and has sung at many community and private events over the past year and a half. Last year the group sang in two sections at The Latrobe Valley Eisteddfod, coming first in both. They have performed at the Boolarra Folk Festival for the last two years and have appeared on radio three times, including live on ABC Gippsland radio. Other performances have included the Tyers A Capella Festival, the Cancer Relay for Life, Mirboo North Movie Night, The Next Big Thing in Maffra and various Christmas carol performances at Budgeree, Boolarra and Glengarry. Lead by Budgeree singing teacher, Amber Rhodes, the group is made up with women from all different backgrounds and varying musical experience. Duenna is available to perform at both community and private events in the future. The group is also looking for new members to join them and those interested are able to audition at any time.
Two new performances will also be included.
Timothy Young is Resident Artist, Head of Piano and Chamber Music at the
Australian National Academy of Music
Timothy is organising two pianists from the Academy to participate in the program. Many Gippslanders would remember that Timothy Young was an outstanding student of the local Judy Hall, who grew up in Newborough. After studying at Melbourne University he continued to work and study in Italy. Since returning to Australia he has been one of the musicians in Ensemble Liaison as well as developing musicians of the future at the National Academy of Music.
We are also delighted to be welcoming another choir to Boolarra. Young Voices of Melbourne was founded by Mark O’Leary OAM in 1990, and is now regarded as one of Australia’s finest choral programs for young singers. Its choirs are admired for their passionate performances, engaging repertoire and outstanding Kodály based music education program (Sight Singing School) which is now used in over 45 countries.
This program should have wide appeal and so we are hoping for a full Hall to support this event.