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Concert raises funds for ex-services

‘Forces of War’ performed by the Clarence Valley Orchestra and chorus at the Saraton in Grafton, has raised funds to support ex-services groups. Image: Adam Hourigan.
The Saraton Theatre was once again the magnificent backdrop to the annual ANZAC Centenary Commemorative Concert for 2017. The concert entitled ‘Forces of War’ performed by the Clarence Valley Orchestra and chorus, treated the audience to a feast of wartime music and the audience was not disappointed, with plenty of war time sing-a-longs that nearly lifted the roof. Under the direction of their conductor Greg Butcher, the concert has raised another $4,400, which has gone to the various local RSL Sub-Branches and Grafton Legacy. This will make it over $22,650 in donations the orchestra has given to local RSL Sub Branches, Legacy and Defence Care in just over two and a half years since its inception in late 2014. “It is wonderful for the orchestra to be able to give back to such a supporting community with donations given to these organisations as a thank you,” Mr Butcher said. The RSL Sub-Branches and Legacy are very grateful to Greg and the orchestra for their kind donations. The CVO and Chorus’s next performance will see the fourth ‘An Afternoon at The Proms’ concert series during this year’s 2017 Jacaranda Festival, on Sunday October 29 at 2pm. Our special guest artist this year is international pianist, Mr David Helfgott. David was portrayed by Geoffrey Rush in the film Shine. It will be one concert only and due to the proven popularity, book early to avoid disappointment – tickets are on sale now. It will again showcase your local orchestra and chorus with all your Proms favourites and more with some serious classical music, musical theatre and soloists. It will be a relaxing Sunday afternoon with great family entertainment during the Jacaranda Festival. Bookings available at the Saraton, online at or telephone 6642 1633.