Our Fiftieth Anniversary
29 & 30 September 2018
Firty years ago, a small group of theatre organ lovers met for the first time in Perth. Back then, membership cost $6 and phone numbers were just six digits long. Now, fifty years later, Western Australia - known for its warm weather and colourful wildflowers - will be host to an exhilarating theatre organ spectacular featuring Australia's finest musicians.
We have a weekend of events and concerts arranged and hope that you can join us for the weekend.
We will start with a "Meet and Greet" morning event at 10:00am on Saturday 29 September 2018. This is an opportunity catch up with interstate visitors and friends. Local artists will present a short concert followed by lunch.
Saturday afternoon's concert will feature Chris McPhee and Rosanne Hosking from Adelaide. Chris McPhee started learning organ at age 8, but his passion for theatre pipe organ was kindled here in Perth in 1989 when he met and heard legendary British organist Douglas Reeve. Since then, he has been a regular organist at the Capri Cinema in Adelaide, has performed many times in Perth and has produced 6 commercial recordings.
He will be joined for this concert by soprano Rosanne Hosking. Rosanne's performance career spans over 20 years and has taken her all around Australia as well as overseas. She enjoys singing opera, musical theatre, cabaret and contemporary stage. She and Chris will team together to produce a wonderful concert.
On the Sunday morning, we hope to have an informal open console session - this is subject to hall availability.
We will have lunch together on the Sunday, then in the afternoon, a concert by Tony Fenelon and John Atwell. Tony Fenelon and John Atwell played a concert together on our Compton organ in September 1975 (soon after the organ was first brought to Australia from England). It is fitting that these two great musicians will perform together for us again, forty three years later.
As a child, Tony Fenelon showed astounding talent as a pianist, and in later years, studied at the Conservatorium of Music in Melbourne. Tony's interest in lighter music and a love of the majestic sound of the theatre organ led to his appointment in 1965 as resident organist at Melbourne's Regent Theatre. Tony first played a concert for TOSA(WA) in May 1969 in the Metro Theatre in Perth. He is an internationally acclaimed musician having completed 18 major concert tours.
John Atwell is well known to Australian audiences, being another theatre organist who has achieved international recognition. John has played in the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand as well as Australia. He not only performs on the theatre organ, but is also an experienced classical organist and pianist.
Finally, on the Sunday evening, we finish with a gala dinner together in the evening.
For those still with some energy, an optional afterglow will occur on the following day, which is a public holiday. We will cruise the Swan River from Perth to Fremantle, visit Western Australia's largest pipe organ, do a tour of Fremantle and the Fremantle Gaol and have fish and chips by the sea for lunch. Please indicate on your registration form if you are interested in joining us on this day. The approximate cost for the afterglow will be $100, directly payable at the various event during the day.
The cost for the weekend package is $155. This cost includes entry to all concerts, the gala dinner, as well as lunches and morning and afternoon teas on the Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets to individual concerts and the gala dinner are also available for those who are unable to attend for the whole weekend.
Admission to individual concerts is $20.
Alternatively, there is a combined ticket for the gala dinner and the Fenelon/Atwell concert available for $90.
To purchase tickets, click here or visit www.trybooking.com/SDGO