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WILLOUGHBY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT : DISCOVERY @ THE CONCOURSE

The latest in this year’s series of concerts by Willoughby Symphony Orchestra , entitled DISCOVERY opened on a sombre note with Dr Nicholas Milton making the sad announcement of the passing of legendary inspirational conductor and educator Richard Gill.
Tributes and very moving short speeches were made .

Dr Milton conducted energetically and precisely and the Orchestra was in magnificent, glowing form.

The concert opened with Composer in Residence Nigel Westlake’s Cudmirrah Fanfare which listeners might be familiar with from the 1980’s when it was used as the theme music for ABC Radio National. It was flowing and vibrant with its stirring, surging melody. The Orchestra was large in number, and there was an augmented percussion section for this piece.

The bulk of the first half was the striking Brahms Double concerto – Concerto in A minor for violin, cello and orchestra in 3 movements with guest stars Dimity Hall on violin and Julian Smiles on cello in a passionate, most moving and powerful performance.

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WILLOUGHBY SYMPHONY CHAMBER SERIES – TALL TALES

This image: Madeleine Retter                                                    Featured image: Alex McCracken

The second of the new chamber series of concerts by Willoughby Symphony at the Zenith Theatre at Chatswood was most exciting with some sensational performances and excellent ensemble work. The various short works were mostly presented in chronological order of composition .The program was introduced and led by Madeleine Retter of the WSO. Continue reading WILLOUGHBY SYMPHONY CHAMBER SERIES – TALL TALES

Paper Planes

The inspirations for Robert Connolly's film-  James Norton left and  Dylan Parker right
The inspirations for Robert Connolly’s film-James Norton left and Dylan Parker right

Light as a feather, plain sailing and unapologetically old fashioned film fare, PAPER PLANES is an aeronautical origami featuring a central role by Ed Oxenbould and a top billing support slumbering turn by Sam Worthington.

Ed and Sam play son and father, Dylan and Jack, in the aftermath of losing their mother and wife.

The kid is coping better than the severely depressed dad and possesses a keen eye on the local feathered fauna. This ornithological interest transplants itself, osmosis like, in his ability to fold fabulous paper planes.
Such is the intuitive ingenuity of his aerodynamic designs, Dylan secures himself a spot in the national heats to contend for the world paper plane championships in Japan. Continue reading Paper Planes