You will never know how much colour you brought nor how many you have inspired.
A big thank you.
Suzi C (audience member), Bundaberg
Thank you to the 800 wonderful school students and community members who attended workshops and performed with us to an audience of 1,500 in Caloundra, Gympie, Fraser Coast, Gladstone and Bundaberg; it was an absolute pleasure to meet you and to perform together.
In Gympie, Camerata collaborated with The Australian Voices to provide audiences with a unique program of music and in Bundaberg, we were joined onstage by the Bundaberg Youth Orchestra. The feedback from audience members has been overwhelmingly positive and we look forward to future collaborations.
While on the road, Camerata visited Bellcarra Retirement Resort, Gracie Dixon Respite Centre, Caloundra State Primary School, Urangan State High School, C&K – The Creche & Kindergarten Association Limited of Kin Kora and Waratah Crescent and St Francis Catholic Primary School Tannum Sands. Thank you to these organisations for hosting our community engagement activities and workshops. We had such a great time meeting you and sharing the joy of music with you.
Thank you to the wonderful teams at our presenting partners, The Events Centre, Caloundra, Gympie Regional Council, Fraser Coast Regional Council, Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre, Gladstone Regional Council and Moncrieff Entertainment Centre for presenting our concert program.
With support from Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, Camerata commissioned a new work from emerging composer, Samuel Dickenson. This piece had its world premiere in Caloundra and was included in the program in each community performance. Mr Dickenson drew inspiration for this piece during his recent visit to K’Gari (Fraser Island) with the work focusing on the NZHS Maheno shipwreck, which lies aground on 75 Mile Beach. A 42 kilogram replica bell which resides on K’gari was toured with the orchestra. Camerata was extremely honoured and grateful to the Fraser Island Retreat and Mr Russell Postle for arranging the loan of this artifact so that regional Queensland audiences could experience the sound of the bell in this unique musical collaboration.
This tour was made possible with the support of Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
Camerata acknowledges the traditional custodians and First Peoples of the places where we work, create, and perform. We acknowledge that First Peoples are the first artists, storytellers, performers, musicians, and creatives of these lands. We pay our deep respects to Elders past and present, and acknowledge their invaluable ongoing contribution to Australia’s cultural landscape.