It’s time to celebrate the return of The Galston Concerts to Galston Uniting Church, starting Sunday 21 March at 2 pm.

The concerts team have asked world-travelled professionals John Martin, piano, and Susan Blake, cello, to entertain with a Birthday Party of Classical favourites.

Beethoven will be honoured, belatedly, after missing most of his 250th birthday year in 2020 due to COVID.

21 March being the birthdate of Johann Sebastian Bach allows Susan’s student, multi-skilled Kenthurst-resident Jack Theakston, to perform as cellist (a solo from Bach’s Suites) and as organist (a pre-concert prelude, starting 1.40 pm, of music by Bach and Mendelssohn on the church historic pipe organ).

For contrasts Harry Wagstaff, a multi-talent cellist and oboist, will play Gabriel’s Oboe (from the soundtrack to The Mission) and multi-muso John Martin will vocalise with Noel Coward’s Mrs Worthington.

Susan’s student entourage will join their teacher to perform Popper’s emotional Requiem before the bubbly Polonaise de Concert as a fun finale.

Best practice COVID Safety Plan guidelines have prompted the concerts team to make some adjustments. Audience numbers will be limited to 100, bookings needing to be made on-line at trybooking.com (search Galston), avoiding transactions at the church on the day.

A shorter concert without interval or post-concert afternoon tea will maximise social distancing standards but also allow for reduced tickets prices – so book early to grab a bargain. Those cautious of on-line complexities can contact Robert Harris on 0428 248 348 to discuss alternate booking options.

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