A Memorable Concert!


Having been deprived of Clarence Valley Orchestra concerts since 2019, Saturday’s outstanding performance was such a treat.

The Barn was abuzz with anticipation for this fundraiser, in aid of flood victims throughout the Clarence Valley.

From the opening ‘Thunder & Lightning Polka’ we knew we were in for a memorable afternoon.  And what an incredibly varied repertoire!

Lisa Butcher has sung with the Orchestra since the start. Her jazzy ‘When You Smile’ was in stark contrast to her moving rendition of Dorothea Mackellar’s ‘My Country’. Lisa’s duets with Troy Castle were stunning, particularly ‘A Million Dreams’.

Troy Castle wowed us with his wonderfully rich baritone. From Palmers Island, and a recent graduate of Queensland University, Troy’s original teacher, Sister Anne, plays violin in the Orchestra.  How proud she must’ve felt to have watched Troy’s professional performance.

The programme was truly eclectic – from the swing of a ‘A Tribute to Cole Porter’ to ‘Themes from the Great War Years’. From a toe-tapping ‘Latin American Medley’ to the stirring ‘Procession of the Sardar’. Soon it was time for the players to really let their hair down with their ‘Salute to the Big Bands’. I was transported back to my childhood, watching Mum and Dad dancing cheek to cheek to Glenn Miller records.

I simply must make mention of the sheer professionalism of this group of seriously talented musicians. Greg Butcher has taken 40-odd volunteers from widely diverse backgrounds and morphed them into a cohesive team. They obviously had the time of their lives performing for us.

Thank you, Greg Butcher and the Clarence Valley Orchestra. What an uplifting, inspirational fundraiser!

Can’t wait for The Proms!

Joan Moy, South Grafton