Playing their part to raise money for the firies

The Ipswich City Symphony Orchestra is holding a special performance on February 9 to raise money for the Rural Fire Service.

Orchestra concert master Helen Carvolth said the group wanted to do something to show their support for local firefighters and those who have been hit by bushfires across the country.

“We want to show our support to the community,” Ms Carvolth said.

“Most of us know people who have been affected by the fires. My parents lost part of their property at Gatton, and some of the students where I teach at Ipswich Girls Grammar have also been affected.”

Ms Carvolth said the concert would feature a mix of classical pieces from Tchaikovsky’s Serenade, as well as items from Les Misérables and a few special encores.

“There’s a real mix of classical pieces and arrangements from our guest conductor, Adrian Head, and some more modern songs from our guest Tenor Roger Davy.”

“It’s a lovely program to play and we hope everyone will really enjoy it,” Mrs Carvolth said.

“We’ve had a great initial response with ticket sales, and we know the community is really keen to support our firies.”

All proceeds from the performance at St Paul’s Anglican Church on February 9 will go to the Ipswich Command of the Rural Service.

The orchestra are also performing another bushfire benefit on Saturday February 8, in the Brisbane suburb of Graceville, with all money raised from that concert going towards the Red Cross.

Ipswich City Symphony Orchestra Bushfire Relief Concert

9 February, starting at 4pm at St Paul’s Anglican Church, 124 Brisbane St, Ipswich.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for concession and $12 for students. Children under 12 are free.

Click here to buy tickets.

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