2016 Member's Day group

Our Fiftieth Anniversary
29 & 30 September 2018

Fifty Glorious Sounding Years. What a wonderful weekend of celebrations were held at the end of September 2018! From the start of Saturday morning when the first piece played was to get everybody In The Mood, to Chris and Rosie with I Love an Organ and all the way through to the final offering on Sunday afternoon Thank You for the Music, there was such a wonderful smorgasbord of musical offerings from so many talented people, together with plenty of fine food, laughter and chatter.

Chris McPhee and Rosanne Hosking

How to succinctly summarise a weekend's activities? One observation was the number of tributes being paid throughout the weekend. We attempted to acknowledge each and every person who has played a part in the making of TOSA(WA). Our President, Rodney Raymond made specific mention of Dave Parker and was able to include music being played on the organ by Dave into the program; Chris McPhee made mention of Mal McInnes, as well as Ronald Curtis and Douglas Reeve - the latter being the person who ignited Chris' enthusiasm for theatre organ. Tony Fenelon paid tribute to Ray Thornley. And on the Sunday afternoon, TOSA paid tribute to Tony Fenelon by presenting him with the 2018 National Theatre Organ Award during the fiftieth anniversary celebrations.

Chris McPhee and Rosanne Hosking

One comment received was how wonderfully intimate the concert with Chris McPhee and Rosanne Hosking was, with Rosie almost being amongst us as she sang. And what a variety of music from organ through operatic to jazz. On the Sunday, the impromptu and informal concert by interstate musicians was of an extremely high standard. Then in the afternoon, what a treat to hear Tony Fenelon play! In typical Tony style; there was something of everything - solo organ, organ accompaniment to the roller coaster video, piano and orchestra in Grieg's Piano Concerto, organ and orchestra, organ, piano and orchestra and not to forget the organ and typewriter duet! Again, this was yet another example of people just helping out as Brett Kavanagh stepped in to fill the void left by John Atwell being unable to attend due to illness.

Tony Fenelon

Sunday evening, to the Gala Dinner, and it was fine food and a chance to chat with others. And Monday (for those who had a little energy left) was a wonderful day of touring from Perth down to Fremantle, and around the port city. To quote from one interstate email: And what talent the young organist (Andrew Brown) at the St Patrick's Basilica has.

The audience at the Tony Fenelon concert

Len Harris accurately summed up the weekend when he made the following statement during the Sunday morning program: "I feel as though this weekend I have enjoyed just been part of a big musical family".

Now, to the next fifty years...

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Tony Fenelon
LEFT: Tony Fenelon in action;
MIDDLE: Andrew Brown explaining the organ at St Patrick's Basilica in Fremantle;
RIGHT: Enjoying the music

Tony Fenelon and John Sutcliffe Tony Fenelon Award
Tony Fenelon being presented with the 2018 National Theatre Organ award by John Sutcliffe

Rodney Raymond Ray Clements
< Rodney Raymond opening the Saturday morning concert. If you are from Western Australia, do you recognise the words on the screen?
Ray Clements, first TOSA(WA) President performing on the Saturday morning >

Chris McPhee and Tony Fenelon Tony Fenelon
< Chris McPhee on organ and Tony Fenelon on piano
Tony Fenelon in action on the piano >

Cutting the cake Cutting the cake
Cutting the anniversary cake - Yvonne Craig with Elva and Richard Moore

The Gala Dinner The Gala Dinner
The Gala Dinner - Enjoying fine food at Vina H restaurant in Nedlands

On the Fremantle Tram At Fremantle Prison
< Monday - All enjoying a ride on the Fremantle Tram
The group visiting Fremantle Prison >