Congratulations to Gatehouse

As an Auxiliary of the Royal Children’s Hospital we support Gatehouse, which provides assessment, treatment and advocacy services for young people affected by sexual abuse.

Congratulations to Gatehouse for recently winning the Minister’s Award for Innovation in Protecting Children category for the 2018 Victorian Protecting Children Awards. Read more here.

The Carrie Bow Suite ~ by Tom Campbell

Tom with horn at BeechworthOur concert on Friday, 7 September 2018 will feature a special performance of the Carrie Bow Suite, composed by our very own Tom Campbell (principal horn).

Carrie Bow Caye is a tiny sand island on the Meso-American barrier reef in the Caribbean Sea, 18 km off the coast of Belize that is used as a Smithsonian marine research field station. A few years ago Tom was invited by Dr. Janie Wulff, a long-time friend and world authority on sponges and marine ecology, to spend a week on Carrie Bow doing the underwater photography for a research project on recovery from predation of various types of sponges. The Carrie Bow Suite describes musically some of the places and experiences from that time on the reef.

Tom studied at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA and at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg and has held positions in orchestras in Germany and Australia. He is currently a freelance horn player, teacher and composer, a brass and woodwind repairer at Campbell Brasswind Service, the Australian and New Zealand agent for Alexander horns at Alexander Australia and sound recordist and sound designer at Studio 22 Productions in Melbourne. Tom has composed for solo instruments, large and small chamber groups and full orchestra. His music has been described as cinematic and is almost always in some way programmatic, describing pictures, scenes or emotions.

Thank you for a wonderful evening of music

Last night’s concert was a great start to the year – well done everyone! It was an ambitious program for only 6 rehearsals but we enjoy a challenge.

Bravo to Donna Coleman who made us feel very lucky to see her perform Clara Wieck’s Piano Concerto and then a beautiful encore. As always, thank you to our audience and volunteers.

No post-concert photos this time – we were too busy recovering from Schumann’s 2nd Symphony…

Mark your diaries for our next concert on Friday, 15 June 2018 – featuring soprano Lee Abrahmsen.

Brahms & Schumann – 23 March 2018

After a summer break we are back rehearsing together for our first concert of the year on Friday, 23 March 2018.

We are particularly excited about welcoming soloist Donna Coleman who will perform Clara Wieck’s Piano Concerto. This impressive work is rarely performed – we think that our performance could be the first in Australia!

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Donation to RCH Gatehouse

We have some good news to share. As you know, we donate any profits from our concerts to Gatehouse, a Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA) at the Royal Children’s Hospital. We were pleased to recently donate $1,500 to Gatehouse. These funds will help the Centre to continue delivering valuable services to the Melbourne community throughout the year. 

Thank you to all our supporters who contributed to this donation.

To provide more background, Gatehouse provides assessment, treatment and advocacy services for children and their families where sexual abuse or sexual abusive behaviours are known or suspected to have happened. It is staffed by professionals in the area of psychology, social work, family therapy, child psychotherapy, art and play therapy. Gatehouse also provides training and consultation services to the police, government, legal professionals, community services and education providers.