From Galston: via Bendigo?

It may be ‘Ready, Set … Wait!’ for The Galston Concerts, but it’s ‘off and running ’ for a local star, Kenthurst’s Jack Theakston.

As cellist with the Piccolo String Quartet, Jack performed at the Bendigo Chamber Music Festival in early February.

Piccolos were multi prizewinners in Musica Viva Australia’s 2021 Strike A Chord national championships for secondary school ensembles.

The prestigious Bendigo recital was just one of Piccolo’s prizes, also being winners of a Galston Concerts award.

Their Galston performance is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, 27 March, in Galston Uniting Church – COVID regulations permitting.

Piccolos also won a one-week residency at the Australian National Academy of Music ANAM, in Melbourne – “Maybe the best prize of all in the championships”, suggests Rob Harris, co-director of the Galston programs.

In addition to Piccolo’s concerts in Galston, Jack will wear another of his many musical hats as organist and host of the organ preludes, which will precede all Galston concerts throughout the year.

Jack will welcome other prizewinning young organists to perform in each prelude.

• 29 May for Three’s Company (twice postponed from ’20 and ’21 because of COVID);
• 24 July for Sydney Symphony’s Principal Harp alumna Louise Johnson;
• 18 September for Viola Power (plus a Piccolos cameo); • 20 November for the NSW Police Big Band.

To join the audience database, phone Elizabeth Garlick at the church on 9653 2039 or Robert Harris on 0428 248 348.

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