Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Goulburn Valley Concert Orchestra turns 20

David Lee June 2, 2016

THE Goulburn Valley Concert Orchestra (GVCO), under the direction of Wendy Oakes OAM, will be celebrating 20 years of bringing high quality, orchestral music to the audiences of the Goulburn Valley.

In honour of this occasion, The GVCO and Riverlinks will be presenting two concerts at Eastbank Performing Arts Centre held on Saturday, June 18 at 7:30pm and on Sunday, June 19 at 2pm.

The musicians of the GVCO will be joined by the choir 36 Degrees South for several choral pieces and the vocal talents of Renée Rankin, Felicity McCowan and Simon Oakes will be put in the spotlight.

Wendy Oakes will be assisted in conducting by Steven Sargant and Peter Read and musicians from within the ranks of the orchestra, Johnathon Bentancourt on oboe and Rebecca Jennings on violin will also be featured.

Wendy said, “Members of the GVCO are all volunteers whose ages and occupations are wide and varied. The one trait they all have in common is a love of music and a dedication to their respective instruments. All pay for the privilege of being a member of the orchestra and rehearse together for two hours every week at Shepparton High School on Thursday evenings.

“Highlights from the last 10 years’ concerts have been selected and the program will showcase a wide range of musical styles to delight all ages and musical tastes.

“The GVCO prides itself in bringing a high quality, affordable orchestral experience to local audiences. Our motto is music by locals for locals.”

Tickets are available from the Riverlinks Box Office.