- Thursday 15 May 2014
OPERATIF! presents Our Celtic Homelands, a memorable concert of celtic favourites at Sunshine Coast Council’s Nambour Civic Centre on Wednesday, June 25 at 11am.
Few would know that Queensland’s long-standing independent opera company, OPERATIF! is based in Nambour these days. Soprano Jennifer Parish and husband Stewart Cameron who celebrate 20 years of OPERATIF! this year, moved to the Sunshine Coast and settled in Nambour because of its central location, the services available and its old fashioned feel.
Each year OPERATIF! presents concerts in South East Queensland, produces a festival ‘Opera in Paradise,’ and also hosts its own tailor-made Music-Lovers Tours to Europe and Asia.
It’s a very busy lifestyle for the couple but Jennifer and Stewart said they love what they do and were keen to spread their wings this year and offer some performances here in Nambour.
“Each year we present ‘Opera in the Amphitheatre’ at Lake Macdonald in Cooroy,” Jennifer said.
“For a long time I’ve thought about people like our older neighbours who would love the songs and music we present. Luckily the Nambour Civic Centre liked the idea and also wished to offer some performances especially for seniors.
“The first concert, ‘Our Celtic Homelands’ will be presented at 11am on June 25.
“Our timing couldn’t have been better as the Cententary Square complex have recently installed a lift at the Civic Centre making it far more accessible for older folk and others with mobility challenges.”
The performance promises many old favourites including My Ain Folk, Sweet Sixteen, Mifanwy, Danny Boy, The Eriskay Love Lilt, Flower of Scotland, I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen, My Little Welsh Home and, for a bit of fun, Donald..Where’s Ya Troosers! It will take place in the delightfully intimate theatre which boasts a beautiful grand piano.
Stewart Cameron said there are so many wonderful ballads which hail from the proud homelands of Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
“This special concert offers a salute to the great Celtic nations and the wealth of traditional songs which have stood the test of time,” he said.”
The artists featured in Our Celtic Homelands are soprano Jennifer Parish and baritone Stewart Cameron with special guests former Ten-Tenor’s founder, David Kidd and brilliant piano accompanist, Mr John Woods (himself a Scotsman!). A second program A Dream of Old Vienna is scheduled for October.
Tickets are on sale now at Nambour Civic Centre by calling 5475 7777, online at www.scvenuesandevents.com.au or in person at the box office. Cost to attend is just $25 for adults, $22 for pensioners and SCvip members, $12 for students and children and $20 per person for groups of 10 or more.