Ignite the Flame Concert Wrap

The flute section . From left Lainie Carter, Amanda Helwig, Jaime Beveridge, Justin Hart

What a start to the 2012 London Olympics! I am not only referring to the opening ceremony in London but also to the Gold Coast Philharmonic’s official part in the events. The orchestra was an official registered event in the collaborative artwork which required the whole of the UK to ring bells for 3 minutes to start the olympic event. All the musicians rang their bells as they worked through the audience to the stage with a special ipad bell composition coming from Paul Stanton-Cook in the percussion section.

Bassoonist varsha Ward and flautist Lainie Carter with our youngest audience member.
Members of our violin section. From top left, Leith Rickert, Margaret McAteer, Terry Moore, Merrita Steel, Selina Brown, Keiko Grose, Heather Malcolm, Millie

The orchestra was at their best performing John William’s Olympic Fanfare and Theme to open the concert. Classic greats followed with Jupiter from The Planets by Holst, English Folk sing Suite by Vaughan Williams, Finlandia (a player’s favourite!) by Sibelius and March Slav by Tchaikovsky.
The finale held special significance with Ron Clarke in the audience. Paul Stanton-Cook, a guru of technology screened a montage of historic photos from the Melbourne Olympics and including Ron’s great moments and then finishing with a fireworks display while the orchestra performed the Music from the Royal Fireworks.

Professional photographer, Yuichiro Yanome was on hand On Sunday taking beautiful portraits of all our talented musicians before the concert. You will see this photos appearing in our new player profile section.

Our front of house staff once again excelled themselves with wonderful complimentary interval refreshments and the much sought after hamper raffle.
A special thank you to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary for the family pass worth over $150 which was presented as a prize in the raffle draw.

Flute player Jaime Beveridge with an audience member

Secure your tickets early for Primavera at The Arts Centre Gold Coast on Saturday 6 October with welcome drinks and canapes from 6.30pm and the concert starting at 7.30pm all oncluded in the ticket price.