Heart of the Volunteer

Heart of the Volunteer

Heart of the Volunteer

Thursday 25 April (ANZAC Day) at 3pm
Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina

The Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra with Conductor Mark Turpin presents an afternoon concert for the whole family with the Gold Coast’s own 60 strong community orchestra, special guests and wonderful music.

Following on from the orchestra’s participation in the Robina ANZAC ceremony on ANZAC morning, we celebrate our volunteers from history and today in our own city.


2013 Youth Concerto Performance Opportunity recipient
The 2013 Youth Concerto Performance Opportunity recipient is 13 year old violinist, Reina Katsumata. Reina is a student of Diana Battocchio and attends Trinity Lutheran College. She will be performing a rare concerto by Mendelssohn. that was discovered and has been performed by Yuhudi Menuhin. Mark Turpin has sourced the work and it will arrive from America in time for the concert.


Special Guest Mezzo Soprano, Kathleen Procter-Moore
The Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes the return to our stage of our favourite mezzo soprano, Kathleen Procter-Moore. While having performed with Opera Australia and with Dame Joan Sutherland during her operatic career, Kathleen will delight the audience with Lord of the Dance, made famous by Michael Flatley, celebrating her Celtic heritage, perform the vocal part to the very moving theme from the movie Band of Brothers and perform a medley from the stage show “Porgy and Bess”.

Guest Community Choir, Voices in Harmony
Mark Turpin is delight to be working with a wonderful community choir established by Volunteering Gold Coast. The Voices in Harmony choir has over 60 members and will perform a medley of World War 1 songs remembering our soldiers many of whom were conscripts. The Heroes Medley has been arranged by our own tuba player and renowned Jazz icon Ken Bennett especially for our orchestra and this special performance.

Concert Master of the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra, Margaret McAteer says “The players are proud to contribute to the community with our participation in the Robina ANZAC ceremony organised by Councillor Jan Grew. Being the only indoor ceremony and as a full symphony orchestra we cannot march, the orchestra is able fill the stage to provide the music for the ceremony. The afternoon concert, is a delight and a favourite with the players as it provides the opportunity for the community to come together on this public holiday to enjoy beautiful music and celebrate our way of life here on the Gold Coast”.

Conductor Mark Turpin explains “ With the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra being made up of all local musicians who enjoy playing, performing and being challenged themselves, they also love nothing more than inspiring younger musicians and entertaining all ages and this program has everything from the classical Hebrides Overture, music from the stage and screen to opera and choir.”

With all Robina Auditorium (formerly the Robina Community Centre Auditorium) concerts, the friendly atmosphere is everywhere with opportunities to meet and mingle with the musicians, soloists and Conductor before the concert and at the interval with complimentary refreshments.

The Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra is a proud member of Volunteering Gold Coast and the Gold Coast Theatre Alliance and is supported by Gold Coast City Council.

The Program
Hebrides Overture – Mendelssohn
Violin Concerto in D minor Mvt 3 – Mendelssohn violin soloist Reina Katsumata
Band of Brothers – with guest mezzo Soprano Kathleen Procter-Moore
Enigma variation “Nimrod” – Elgar
Heroes Medley – Arr. Ken Bennett with “Voices in Harmony” Choir

Hollywood Blockbusters
Porgy and Bess Medley – with guest mezzo Soprano Kathleen Procter-Moore
Gabriel’s Oboe – Morricone with oboe soloist Georgina Tan
Pirates of the Caribbean
Lord of the Dance – Ronan Hardiman with guest mezzo Soprano Kathleen Procter-Moore

Tickets can be booked at online at the top of this page.
Or at the door on the day (1 hour prior to concert start)
Adult $25, Concession/student $22, Friend of the Philharmonic $20,
Children under 12 FREE (when accompanied by a paying ticket holder, max 3 children per ticket).


Mark Turpin – Conductor, Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra
Queensland born and educated, Mark Turpin has been involved with the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra as oboe player since 1987 and as conductor since 2000. He has conducted the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra in over 30 concert programs.

Mark was awarded a place in the 2005 Symphony Australia’s Conductor Development Program and had the pleasure of being one of 14 conductors in Australia to work with renowned conductor Graham Abbott.

Mark has been oboist with the Gold Coast Arts Orchestra productions including the Australian premiere production of “Jekyll and Hyde” and “Sweeney Todd” under Kellie Dickerson Conductor and with the late Rob Guest and was the Musical Director and Conductor of the Gold Coast Arts Centre’s Production of “Broadway in Concert”. Mark has also conducted several performances of the professional production of “Carousel” at the Twelfth Night Theatre in Brisbane.

Mark is the recipient of the Gold Coast Honours Awards, Entertainment section in 2009 and has accepted, on behalf of the Orchestra, the Cultural Achievement Award nomination at the 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Australia Day Awards. Currently Mark is Head of Music at the Queensland Academy for Health Sciences.

Pam Lowry, Events Coordinator and Performer member, Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra
Phone: 0499 974 668
Email: pamark47@bigpond.net.au

1 thought on “Heart of the Volunteer

  1. Hello Mark and Pam,

    On behalf of our choir, I want to thank you for inviting us to perform with your wonderful orchestra. The choir members had such a memorable time and I have been inundated with emails this morning praising you and your orchestra. I am sure it is the first time that any of them have been involved with such a professional unit, and I am sure it will be discussed for months to come.

    The whole afternoon was such a joy, and all accolades go to you.
    Thank you once again, (and feel free to pop in for coffee anytime).

    Voices in Harmony

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