Supporting Gatehouse

We have some good news to share about Gatehouse – the small department of the Royal Children’s Hospital that supports children and adolescents who have been sexually abused.

Using donations from our concerts, they can now continue providing an early intervention program that helps children, young people and their caregivers in the days following a traumatic experience.

The program has had great success in reducing the development of PTSD, teaching coping skills, addressing practical needs (safety, legal, medical) and assessing the need for long-term treatment.

Thank you to all our supporters for helping Gatehouse deliver such an important service in the community.

2019 concert dates

A new year, a new calendar to fill in! Our 2019 concert dates are:

  • Friday, 22 March 2019
  • Friday, 14 June 2019
  • Friday, 6 September 2019
  • Friday, 29 November 2019

Stay tuned for our concert programs.

All concerts commence at 8pm at the James Tatoulis Auditorium, Methodist Ladies’ College, Kew. We look forward to the pleasure of your company.

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.