Melville Community Orchestra to reflect on soldiers’ stories at Drill Hall Notre Dame


Alfred Cove’s Laurissa Wyllie-McCarthy and Shoalwater’s Mary Holland will perform as part of the Melville Community Orchestra’s Winter Concert. Picture: Jon Hewson.
Alfred Cove’s Laurissa Wyllie-McCarthy and Shoalwater’s Mary Holland will perform as part of the Melville Community Orchestra’s Winter Concert. Picture: Jon Hewson.

MELVILLE Community Orchestra will reflect on the journey of troops destined for Gallipoli at its Winter Concert at the Notre Dame Drill Hall on July 1.

Orchestra president Irene Wright said the music was inspired by the history of the Drill Hall.

“It was where troops destined for Gallipoli assembled before marching to Fremantle Harbour to board the awaiting ships in November 1914,” she said.

“The music being performed is a broad selection of pieces telling the story, emotions and experiences of soldiers and their loved ones heading off to war.

“Isabelle Chen, who is a guest soloist for this performance, will be playing Meditation by Massenet.”

Mrs Wright said the orchestra, which was formed in 2011, had been performing for about ten weeks and hoped the music would evoke many different emotions.

“The program explores love, loss, sorrow and patriotism and there’s also a bit of fun with the marches and the opportunity for audience participation,” she said.

“The program will include Fanfare for the Common Man by Copland written to honour the common man who fought and in many cases lost their lives and Lament for Youth by Lachet.”

An afternoon tea will be available at the interval.

THE ESSENTIALS:

WHAT: South Side Symphony Orchestra Winter Concert.

WHEN: Sunday July 1 at 2.30pm.

WHERE: Drill Hall, Notre Dame