The Hills look like having a happier musical year in 2021. The Galston Concerts and other music groups are ready, set and waiting for GO. While the Galston team have decided to defer the promotion of any concerts for 2021 until health trends and government regulations allow, other groups are off and running with COVID-safe plans.

For example, all the programs of the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra ARCO’s national tours have been scheduled at Hills Grammar – the first on Tuesday 16 February. Check www.arco.org.au for bookings and COVID updates.

The Hills Shire Symphony Orchestra HSSO has also scheduled a 2021 series, with rehearsals underway from 17 February for a concert 27 March at Hills Grammar. The Galston Concerts, due to commence 21 March, may be re-scheduled to future dates, if public health trends require. However, their Classical line-up of leading instrumentalists and singers are keen to return soon to the beautiful Galston Uniting Church with its historic church organ and concert grand piano. Until then the Galston audience will receive e-bulletins of video performances, themed to celebrate Mozart’s Birthday, Summer, Valentine’s Day and the like.

To join the email database contact Robert Harris on 0428 248 348. The bulletins will also include ongoing news of other Hills and Hornsby Classical concerts.

A shared thread in all of this? Kenthurst-resident cellist Jack Theakston, a scholarship student at Hills Grammar, is Galston Concerts Young Performer for 2021, Principal Cello of HSSO and a member of ARCO’s Young Symphonists summer programs. Congrats Jack!

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