Monday, April 7, 2014

Southern Grampians Promenade of Sacred Music

Over the weekend, My Fiancé and I were away to Hamilton Victoria, to perform for the first time at Promenade of Sacred Music. It was good to have a short break from our busy city life and breathe the countryside air. We drove up on Friday so I could have a rehearsal for concert on Saturday.

The organ was build by Meadway & Slatterie, Melbourne. It is a small organ with 8' and 4', but the organ was well maintained and sounds beautifully balanced. It has a perfect combination to play Buxtehude Prelude & Fugue and Bach Trio sonata and Prelude.


SATURDAY 5 APRIL at 2.30pm
The Entrancing Sounds of Wind, Trio and Pipe Organ
Performers: Quintessential Winds accompanied by Ria Angelika Polo

Entrance of Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Coleraine

The Audience

With Quintessential Winds (Alison Robertson, Kathryn Grove & Heather George)

After the concert, we went back to Hamilton to grab a late lunch and sight seeing before heading to Tarrington for another music rehearsal.


SUNDAY 6 APRIL at 2.30pm

All Together, Sing, Sing and Sing
Tarrington Finale
Performers: The Hamilton Singers, Tabor Male Choir, Church Hill Singers, David Farrands Brass Ensemble, Ria Angelika Polo (Organist), Douglas Lawrence (Conductor) & Beth Tonissen (Compere)

Tarrington, 15 minutes drive from Hamilton

St Michael's Lutheran Church, Tarrington

The organ rebuilt by Hill Norman & Beard, Melbourne 1958.

The view from balcony

The Audience, Brass Ensemble & Conductor, Douglas Lawrence

The Hamilton Singers, directed by Beth Tonissen
Tabor Male Choir, directed by Vallance Huf

It was a great experience to play the organ at this final concert! Plus it was my first time to play the Hymns on the organ in Australia along with Brass Ensemble. We sang hymns such as Praise to the Lord, Love Divine All Loves Excelling, Jerusalem, The King of Love My Shepherd Is and Morning Has Broken. On top of that, each performer performed a number of solo items as well.

It was truly a blessing and great joy to be given the opportunity!

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