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WILLOUGHBY SYMPHONY GALA CONCERT @ THE CONCOURSE

This spectacular opening concert for 2019 brought together the combined forces of the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, the Choir and Pacific Opera in a delightful performance with an Austrian/Viennese theme with music by Mozart and Strauss . The hall was decorated with huge glorious garlands of flowers in celebratory mode.

Energetically and enthusiastically conducted by Dr Nicholas Milton , the concert began dynamically with the crashing, flurried Polka Schnell Op 324 “ Unter Bonner und Blitz” ( Thunder and Lightning ) by Johan Strauss.

Then we heard a selection of four pieces from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro , the Orchestra with artists from Pacific Opera .During the brisk overture the singers arrive ( dressed as if for a very posh party , the men in tuxedos the ladies in elegant evening gowns ) and make their way to the balconies .Sull’aria , che soave zeffretto ( the Countess Almavira dictating a note for Susanna to take to the Count) was an exquisite duet sung by Emma Nightingale and Michelle Ryan. Porgi , Amor , qualche ristoro another of the Countess’ arias was passionately sung by Hannah Greenshields from her balcony seat .( yes for each piece we had a different Countess) . Deh Vieni non tardar , Susanna’s aria, was splendidly sung by Emily Turner – on stage – with a glittering mask. It was lyrical and reflective. Continue reading WILLOUGHBY SYMPHONY GALA CONCERT @ THE CONCOURSE

LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS 2018: WILLOUGHBY SYMPHONY AND CHOIR

Pacific Opera

Following in the grand tradition of Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, this was a quite British concert with several old favourites included .This year we had works by French and Polish composers included among the British staples. The concert, held at the Concourse, Chatswood where the WSO is the resident orchestra, featured a HUGE cast of performers with the combined forces and talents of the Willoughby Symphony and the Willoughby Choir.The featured soloist this year was amazing Mitzi Gardner who dazzled on her violin.    

Energetic Dr Nicholas Milton AM conducted with enormous enthusiasm ,panache and flair, and introduced the various works and soloists.

Drumroll…..Crash! The concert dashed off to a flying, rather jaunty start with Eric Coates’ The Dam Busters March from the film. Continue reading LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS 2018: WILLOUGHBY SYMPHONY AND CHOIR

WILLOUGHBY SYMPHONY AND CHOIR : OPENS 2018 WITH A GLORIOUS GALA

The Willoughby Symphony and Choir combined to bring us an absolutely superb concert , the first of this year’s season, simply entitled GALA .  They were precisely and energetically conducted by the inspirational Dr Nicholas Milton who also introduced the various pieces and the soloists . The Choir is directed by Chorus Master Peter Ellis The program had an Italian opera theme with works by Puccini ,Rossini , Verdi etc. and the excellent soloists were from Pacific Opera. Continue reading WILLOUGHBY SYMPHONY AND CHOIR : OPENS 2018 WITH A GLORIOUS GALA

Willoughby Symphony : Last Night of the Proms @ The Concourse

Cello soloist Benett Tsai.

Following in the grand tradition of Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, this was a quite British concert with several old favourites included and also featuring some Scandinavian music. Audience members attended the concert fully prepared to enjoy themselves and that they certainly did.

The concert, held at the Concourse, Chatswood where the WSO is the resident orchestra, featured huge cast of performers with the combined forces and talents of the Willoughby Symphony and the Willoughby Choir. The featured soloist this year was astonishing Benett Tsai on cello. Dr Nicholas Milton conducted with enormous panache and flair, and introduced the various works and soloists.

It opened with the stirring yet stately Pomp and Circumstance Military March No.4 by Elgar, a Proms staple and an audience favourite. This was followed by the dramatic nationalistic tone poem Finlandia Op.26 by Sibelius with ominous horns and drums, scurrying strings and rumbling cellos and double bass. The Choir was strong and powerful in the penultimate Finland Awakes and was underscored by tremulous strings. Continue reading Willoughby Symphony : Last Night of the Proms @ The Concourse