Girgarre Soundshell opening — take two

April 20, 2018

AFTER months of waiting, the Gargarro Soundshell in Girgarre will finally open on Saturday, April 21.

The Girgarre community is incredibly proud of the opening of the soundshell, which will be a massive boost for the community.

The opening will be celebrated with a free event premiering a new music work to the world.

Players from Girgarre, Rushworth, Stanhope, Shepparton, Kyabram, Bendigo, Nanneella and Echuca will perform in an up-cycled orchestra at the opening of the Soundshell from 7pm on 14 April

A new musical piece, Spirit Rising, has been created by international composer Graeme Leak.

Mr Leak, here from the UK, has been in residence in Girgarre since February, working with the community to create an orchestra of instruments from recycled materials and to teach the music skills needed to play the concert.

Many in the orchestra have little or no previous musical experience while others have learned to play via the popular monthly Jigarre Jamming singalong in the Girgarre Hall.

This public workshop program regularly attracts around 70 participants and has been the starting point for many late-blooming musicians in the district.

The oldest in the orchestra is 83 and the youngest is 12.

The instruments are a mix of drums, percussion and strings.

Mr Leak has designed a unique set of single-string instruments called String Cans that give beginners easy access to playing.

The event was originally scheduled for opening last Saturday however due to the weekend’s weather the event was postponed until this Saturday.

The concert will be the first at the new Soundshell, with food vans on site, BYO drinks and bring a camping chair or blanket.

Mr Leak promised the audience would be treated to something special in a 40 minute work full of surprises, including some cameo appearances by local groups as part of the work.

The CFA (Country Fire Authority), Girgarre Line Dancers, Jukes (Jigarre Ukes), Jigarre Jammers and the Rushworth and District Concert Band.

Gates will open at 6pm, pre-show entertainment will commence at 6.45pm and the concert will start at 7.30pm. After the concert, audience members are invited on stage for a ‘Jigarre Jam’ singalong.

The session will run like a regular monthly jam in the hall, with the chords and words projected on a screen for all to join in.

Audience are encouraged to bring their ukes, guitars, banjos, violins, accordions, etc. and join in the chorus.

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