The Biggest Supper

The Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra gathered in Thursday evening with over 60 special guests to be a part of the Qld Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea fundraiser. The evening, titled, The Orchestra’s Biggest Evening Supper was an open rehearsal where guests watch the musicians fine tuning the repertoire for the upcoming “In the Spotlight” concert program.

Conductor Mark Turpin started the evening with the music from the Phantom of the Opera and the musicians perfected the accents and staccatos in the grand opening theme as well as the lyric melodies in “Music of the Night”. Mark explains ‘ the rehearsal process is often a new experience for an audience. I stop and start the orchestra and we can play a phrase with varying nuances and adjustments in speed, volume and style. Perfecting the music is one of the many challenges of a musician especially when working in a team of 60 as in this orchestra’.

With the movie “Les Miserable” in the spotlight at the moment winning many oscar nominations, this music is a fitting inclusion in this concert program and the orchestra worked through a medley of the great themes including the ” I Dreamed a Dream, the rough and ready “Master of the House” and the all time favourite “Do you Hear the People Sing” . We could hear the audience singing along especially many of our Voices in Harmony choir members in the audience!


The supper break was a highlight with a long table ladened with sweet and savoury delights. A special thanks to a new business on the Coast “Sweet Treats on the GC” for baking cupcakes with icing showing music and our biggest evening supper theme.

We returned to the rehearsal and watched cellist Ben Rankin prepare the Max Bruch “Kol Nidrei” and Anna Ferrero working through Von Weber’s “Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra “.
Ben and Anna, along with other soloists will be performing concerto movements of the highest caliber in “In the Spotlight” concert on Sunday 28 July at 3pm at the Gold Coast Orchestra Centre.

The orchestra enjoyed meeting our guests in this unique yet informal event and we raised over $275 dollars for the Queensland Cancer Council.