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The Clarence Valley Orchestra and Chorus will perform their annual Afternoon at the Pops later this month at the Saraton Theatre in Grafton. Image: contributed

Orchestrating a melodic evening in Grafton

When was the last time you heard a Broadway hit played live?

The Clarence Valley Orchestra and Chorus have their annual Afternoon at the Pops coming up at the Saraton Theatre in Grafton on Sunday, October 29, at 2pm, and it is a big one. They’ll be playing melodies from 1920s musicals right up to the current day in their ‘Musicals of Broadway’ themed concert.

The Clarence River Dance Academy will also be performing for the first time at the Saraton Theatre together with the orchestra with a toe tapping medley, dressed in their magnificent top hats and tails.

The concert will also feature Tenor Connor Willmore, Alto Lisa Butcher, who will be singing many of the well-known hits from the musicals of Broadway, compered by the fabulous voice of ABC radio host James Valentine.

This concert is also special, as it will be the first one with proceeds going towards a rural Doctor of Medicine Scholarship for Medical Students entering into Phase 4 of the Doctor of Medicine and seeking to undertake their clinical placements in a regional area, the Clarence Valley.

The Rural Doctor program, run through the University of Wollongong, is a chance for students in the fourth year of study in the program to experience rural life, in that with a good possibility of coming back to the area as a full-time GP, something we are very short of. 

Conductor of the orchestra Greg Butcher, a full-time Doctor of Audiology himself, initiated the scholarship to try and help the situation right here in the Clarence Valley.

Tickets for Afternoon at the Pops are available at or by phoning 6642 1633.