The Galston Concerts start a bumper year at Galston Uniting Church, 2pm, Sunday 25 February with a return to the Hills by the world-travelling New England Ensemble.
The acclaimed group’s early years as quartet-in-residence at the University of New England in Armidale included globe-trotting tours but also frequent Sydney concerts, including the demolished Hills Entertainment Centre.
NEE’s founding violist, Galston-resident Robert Harris, remembers the Opera House as a second home for the Ensemble’s regular broadcast concerts for the ABC.
“We were renowned for our service to the Uni and the region, with a Tweed to Tamworth, Grafton to Gulargambone approach to serving our community.”
“Weekends were for Sydney and Brisbane projects, so-called vacations for interstate and overseas.”
“Concerts from Bangkok to Beijing, San Fransico to Boston, Berlin, London and Milan were great times.”
Their Galston concert reflects those Euro successes with music for piano and strings by great composers, Beethoven and Dvorak, spiced with palm-court light Classics in a relaxed, chatty presentation.
“Our individual careers in recent years still allow for reunions in our home cities of Adelaide, Canberra and Sydney, with Galston, Grafton and Wagga gigs this year showing our links to outer-metro and regional audiences.”
“There’s still life in the older NEEs!”
Bookings for the 25 February concert can be made on www. trybooking.com (search Galston) with tickets also available at the Galston Uniting Church on the day.
Enquiries can be directed to Helen Jordan, Promotions Coordinator for The Galston Concerts, on 0425 339 841.