Music event calling for local musicians and solo-singers

ARTS: Drummer Hunter (11) and pianist Kai (10) share their talent at the 2019 amateur concert. Photo supplied
ARTS: Drummer Hunter (11) and pianist Kai (10) share their talent at the 2019 amateur concert. Photo supplied

Spirited amateur performers are bringing the music back to Gunning after an absence of live performances lasting for several months.

The Gunning Focus Group will host the Amateur Fun Concert at the Gunning Shire Hall on October 25.

It is the first concert put on by the Gunning Focus Group after COVID-19 restrictions halted live music events earlier this year.

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Now in its second year, the concert is a chance for amateur musicians and solo-singers to share their musical talent.

All you need is a willingness to have a go, organiser Kath Vivas said.

Ms Vivas hopes the concert will bring the community together to support each other, as well as provide a platform for local artists to perform.

"I thought it would be fun to have a local concert, and especially with adults," she said.

"It's a really good chance to get a bit of confidence, and have a go at performing. The idea was that it was a super supportive audience, last year, it was only the family and friends of the performers."

Musicians can perform any song from their repertoire. In 2019, performances ranged from a seven-year-old boy, beginning to learn guitar, he played Hot Cross Buns, to a Sutton pianist who played Mozart and Chopin overtures.

They travelled all the way from Queanbeyan, Gundaroo, Sutton and surrounds for their chance to take to the stage.

"We had everything, it was great," Ms Vivas said.

"Everyone was clapping and cheering, and the kids were so shy, but everyone got this rapturous applause."

Musicians and solo-singers from any age can register with the Gunning Focus Group by email: gunningfocusgroup@gmail.com or phone Ms Vivas on 0472 699 920. There will be no woodwind instruments or choir performances under the NSW Health guidelines.

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