Image from the Coffs Harbour City Orchestra website.
Image from the Coffs Harbour City Orchestra website.

People effort makes beautiful music

WHAT does a schoolteacher, a retired biomedical research scientist and a former Australian Ambassador to Germany and Switzerland all have in common?

They all know how to make noise.

The Coffs Harbour City Orchestra is made up of a diverse group of fun people who all share a common passion - music.

At 17, Kezia Nilon is one of the younger members of the orchestra and travels from Ulong each week for rehearsals.

“I've been playing the viola for about six years and have been with the orchestra for two and a half years,” Kezia, a student at TAFE, said.

“It was pretty hard at first, getting used to following the music instead of memorising pieces, but once I got the hang of the timing and following the conductor it got easier.”

Coffs Harbour is one of the few places between Newcastle and Brisbane that has a full-time community orchestra.

“It takes a lot of effort to maintain a core number of musicians,” Pamela Fayle, orchestra secretary and viola player, said.

“We can be very proud that Coffs has an orchestra that rehearse and perform right throughout the year.”

Pamela and her husband, David, both started playing the viola in 2003 and enjoy being part of the orchestra, “It keeps our minds active.”

Pamela, David, Kezia and the rest of the devoted musicians who make up the Coffs Harbour City Orchestra have been busy dusting off Christmas carols for a Christmas concert to be held tomorrow at 3pm at the Salvation Army Hall in Mastracolas Road (on the hill behind HomeBase).

And while Christmas music will feature on the program, lovers of classical music, film scores and musicals won't be disappointed with a variety of music promised.

As well as great music, there will be home-baked Christmas goodies to go with a cuppa at the end of the concert.

Entrance $7 for adults, $5 pensioners and children are free. All welcome.



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