WORTHY CAUSE: The Anzac Centenary Commemoration Concert brought in a whopping cheque for local charities. Photo: Adam Hourigan
WORTHY CAUSE: The Anzac Centenary Commemoration Concert brought in a whopping cheque for local charities. Photo: Adam Hourigan Adam Hourigan

Anzac concert at the Saraton gets a standing ovation

CLARENCE Valley Orchestra and Chorus' Anzac Centenary Commemoration Concert has culminated in a donation of more than $10,000 to the local RSL Sub-Branches, Legacy and Defence Care.

The producer and director of the concerts, CVO conductor Greg Butcher, had envisaged a First World War and Second World War concert party stage, similar to the stages of where entertainers performed in front of troops during this time in history to boost morale.

Last month's concerts included a war requiem written especially for the occasion by Mr Butcher, with other solemn items in reflection of the First World War.

The second half of the concerts commemorated the end of the Second World War, which had marching bands and swing big bands playing marvellous renditions of the Andrew Sisters, Marlene Dietrich and Vera Lynn medleys.

"I heard that some people even bought tickets for the second show after seeing the first show because they enjoyed it so much," Mr Butcher said.

"It is wonderful to be able to give back to the community with these donations to such needed organisations which I could not have been able to do, if it was not for all the hard work the orchestra and chorus puts into these concerts."

"The CVO and Chorus's next performance will see the second 'An Afternoon at The Proms' concert during this year's 2015 Jacaranda Festival, on Sunday November 1 at 2pm.

It will be one concert only, and due to the proved popularity, book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets have been on sale since April.

Tickets available at the Saraton, online at http://www.saraton.com or phone 6642 1633.



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