Witches & Wizards: Fremantle Symphony Orchestra to bring magic of Harry Potter score to life

Soloist Peter Havlat (Wembly). Picture: Martin Kennealey d483448
Soloist Peter Havlat (Wembly). Picture: Martin Kennealey d483448

FREMANTLE Symphony Orchestra will perform music not just for muggles but also witches and wizards at Marist Auditorium in Churchlands on Sunday June 10.

The performance will feature music from the Harry Potter films and other magical tunes.

The orchestra will include flautist Peter Havlatwho returned to Perth from London where is studying at the Royal Academy of Music.

Musical director and conductor David Pyesaid he was excited for the chance to play the music from the much-loved movies.

“The scores, as a classical conductor we don’t get to do too much and its fantastic music,” he said.

“The orchestra has been enjoying it immensely once they got over their terror of the sheer number of notes that they have to play.

“It’s really challenging stuff; John Williams is writing for the best musicians in the world when he wrote those scores, but for a community orchestra its quite a challenge but a lot of fun.”

The orchestra will have 70 to 80 performers.

Beeliar resident Mr Pye said the performers were a little nervous.

“Anyone who says they aren’t is lying; we all get the nerves every time,” he said.

“There’s something wonderful about making music for the audience that keeps us coming back, and that energy and excitement helps make every performance better and more exciting.”

Mr Havlat will be a soloist after winning the open concerto section at the Fremantle Eisteddfod last year.

The flute player said he was excited to be back in his hometown.

“It was an excellent excuse to come back. I now get to have a three month holiday,” he said.

“I had my first rehearsal last week after flying back from London and I’m really looking forward to performing.”

Mr Pye said he hoped the audience would dress for the occasion.

“It’s a wonderful mix of witches and wizards and musical mayhem; I think its going to be a wonderful concert if we get the kids and the adults getting into the spirit,” he said.

WHAT: Witches & Wizards with Fremantle Symphony Orchestra
WHERE: Marist Auditorium, Newman College, Churchlands
WHEN: Sunday June 10 from 3pm, doors open at 2.45pm
TICKETS: www.fremantleorchestra.com.au

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