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.
Thank you to everyone involved and in attendance at last night’s concert. We hope you enjoyed the music, despite the busy time of year and less than ideal weather conditions. Congratulations to all players!
Visit our Facebook page to see some photos from our sound check and back stage.
The Melbourne Sinfonia would like to wish its members and patrons all the best for the coming season.
Our concert dates for 2018 are 23 March, 22 June, 7 September and 23 November.
After a short rest we are ready to begin rehearsing for our final concert of the year! We will be performing the following program on Friday, 1 December 2017:
- Rossini – Semiramide Overture
- Elgar – Serenade for strings
- Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 6 “Pathetique”
Come and enjoy a great musical evening at MLC in Kew, and support the Royal Children’s Hospital. Tickets are available online here. We hope to see you there.
Our heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in our concert last night! Congratulations to Elyane Laussade (pictured here with our musical director, Joannes Roose) for performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1 with such grace and control (and good memory… imagine how many notes there are in 40 minutes of Chopin). Bravo, Elyane! And Beethoven’s 5th was such a joy to play. What would we do without classical music? Thank you and congratulations to you all!
We are delighted to share our news that The Melbourne Sinfonia is supporting a new initiative at the Gatehouse Centre, Royal Children’s Hospital. We have contributed $8,000 which comprises money we have raised from our concerts over recent years.
The project will involve Gatehouse developing educational and training resources to be used for individual and group sessions, to prepare traumatised and vulnerable young people for a happier and safer future. Feedback from a recent trial was overwhelmingly positive. Benefits to patients will include increased awareness of issues relating to sexual exploitation, violence and sexual health; education about healthy relationships, safety and consent; an opportunity to address past trauma in a safe, non-threatening, therapeutic environment; and fewer presentations to RCH emergency.
A core element of the project will be working with services in Melbourne that support ‘at risk’ youth, such as juvenile justice, child protection and police. It is hoped that Gatehouse will help deliver this program to other RCH departments, and across the state and nationally.
On behalf of the orchestra and Gatehouse, thank you to all of our supporters, both past and present, who have contributed to this valuable project.
After a summer break, we will soon start rehearsing for our first concert of 2017.
The program for Friday, 24 March will feature:
- Weber – Der Freischütz overture
- Arias – we welcome back soprano Lee Abrahmsen
- Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4
You can purchase tickets, including an annual 2017 subscription (great value!) here.
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