Orchestra returns to rehearsals

Broken Hill Civic Orchestra

The Broken Hill Civic Orchestra is about to get underway for 2024, returning to rehearsals for the first time after the Christmas, New Year, and school holiday period.

“We’re pleased to be starting rehearsals because we’ve got some big things happening in the early part of the year,” Lead Conductor Mark Curtis told the Barrier Truth.

Promising another exceptional year of events, the group of orchestra instrumentalists already have a workshop and concert planned for April with Mark Walton, a renowned music tutor and performer, who will be bringing his Café Latte Orchestra – a large group of amateur musicians from around Australia – who’ll practice and perform with the Broken Hill Civic Orchestra.

Supported by donations from the Broken Hill Y’s Men’s Club and a Broken Hill City Council Community Assistance Grant, the event with Mr Watson promises to be an invaluable and engaging experience for local musicians, as well as the general public.

“It’ll be a great workshop weekend, but then a fantastic concert too for the general public. It’s something we don’t get to do very often. We play with just our small group and that’s it. When you can throw in an extra 30 or 40 players, it’s a great big sound. It’s terrific,” Mr Curtis says.

People wishing to join the Broken Hill Civic Orchestra or those that are curious to learn more are welcome to join the group when practice resumes on Tuesday, February 6 from 7.30pm at the BIU Band Hall on Beryl St, off Iodide St.

“Anybody who plays an orchestral instrument is very welcome to roll on in and see what we do, whether they’re just beginners or whether they’ve been playing for decades, they’re very welcome.”

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