Postal Hall pop-up music at State Buildings


UWA vocal ensemble members Kieran Lynch (19) Leeming, artistic director Mark Coughlan, Cate Tweedie (18) Shenton Park and Emily Schinkel (19) Alexander Heights. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.
UWA vocal ensemble members Kieran Lynch (19) Leeming, artistic director Mark Coughlan, Cate Tweedie (18) Shenton Park and Emily Schinkel (19) Alexander Heights. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.

ANYONE visiting Postal Hall at the restored State Buildings on a Thursday evening this winter has probably enjoyed a lovely musical surprise.

Artistic director Mark Coughlan has curated a series of pop-up musical performances on the mezzanine level featuring UWA and WAAPA students and young professional musician graduates.

Coughlan said Adrian Fini, whose company restored State Buildings, had invited him to enhance the cultural ambience of the building during winter.

“He thought I might be able to help him do that while encouraging and giving opportunities to young, talented students and some emerging young professional musicians,” Coughlan said.

“We keep the times flexible but it’s Thursday evenings where we catch people after work and also as they come in to have a pre-drink before going to one of the many restaurants in the venue.

“They stop, spin around and initially wonder where it’s coming from; Postal Hall has gorgeous, warm acoustic and the music floats across the ceiling and fills the whole room.”

Coughlan, who has worked at UWA and WAAPA and is on the WA Youth Orchestra board, said the groups of three to eight performers were not only enhancing the ambience but gaining valuable experience.

“I’m very much involved in nurturing young musical talent in WA; this was another way of doing something like that,” he said.

“They have to learn to be versatile and perform in different locations with different repertoire.

“Whether they are in Perth Concert Hall, Government House Ballroom or State Buildings, it’s all an important part of learning how to be a performer and doing your best in lots of different environments.”

The pop-up performances are part of Toast to Winter at State Buildings and are on until the end of August.