Songs of the Mountain – September 2014

On Sunday 14th September the Savoyard Singers will present their 10th anniversary Mt Mee performance, celebrating a decade of happy music and delighted audiences in the graceful old Mt Mee Hall.

Hurry to book tickets! Admission includes the generous afternoon tea, and is $25.00 – or $20.00 for pension card holders. Secondary school students are half price and primary schoolers free. Booking is essential – please phone Kay 5498 2104 or Joyce 5498 2270

The performance this year, “The Melody Lingers” is a selection of some of the most loved songs from the legendary era of the great ‘musicals’. We will hear from writers of the ilk of George and Ira Gershwin, Lionel Bart, Irving Berlin, Borodin, Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein, Rodgers and Hammerstein and even Roy Orbison. For example there will be music from shows such as “Oliver”, “Top Hat”, “Jeckyll and Hyde”, “The King and I” and “Porgy and Bess”, but there are many others.

The Singers are members of the Savoyard Musical Comedy Society, which has maintained a tradition of Gilbert and Sullivan productions in SE Queensland for many years. The Society still does G&S, but these days there is much more. There are several major productions each year, most recently the enjoyable “Thoroughly Modern Millie”. The Society has a truly astonishing pool of talent, and their big cast productions – at their home in the very professional theatre at Wynnum’s Iona College, have ‘hooked’ your writer and never fail to impress.

The ‘Singers’ is a small group of vocalists organised and directed by Miss Phyll Griffin, a foundation member of the Society. Their aim is to have fun while giving performances of light hearted and tuneful musical entertainment, and Mt Mee has been indeed fortunate to have them return each year.

There are two new faces this year, with Sarah Copely and Georgina Purdie joining the familiar Mary Ewing, John Hills, Mark Craig, Ross Muirhead, and of course the irrepressible Artistic Director and leader Phyll Griffin. Soprano Sarah, with a certificate of Music from the Queensland “Con”, is heavily involved in local musical theatre. She performed in Savoyards’ “Forbidden Broadway” and most recently in “Thoroughly Modern Millie”. Georgina studied at London’s Trinity College and has since performed extensively with several local musical societies and with Queensland Opera. Georgina has even written her own one act cabaret and was a featured artist in this year’s Brisbane Cabaret Festival.

As usual with our concerts, the show begins at 2pm, and it will run until 4.30pm or so. There will of course be an interval of 30 minutes to allow patrons sufficient time to do justice to the legendary ‘country’ afternoon tea on the deck or lawn.

You might choose to make a ‘Mountain’ day of it, and picnic at the Look-Out – which has an electric barbecue, or at the Gantry in the newly renamed D’Aguilar National Park, with its wood fired barbies (bring your own kindling). Or indeed you could book for lunch at ‘birches’ restaurant, conveniently situated next door to the Hall.

Admission includes the generous afternoon tea, and is $25.00 – or $20.00 for pension card holders. Secondary school students are half price and primary schoolers free.

But booking is essential – please phone Kay 5498 2104 or Joyce 5498 2270

I also take this opportunity to remind you of the forthcoming concert by the Sunshine Coast Symphony Orchestra (on November 9th), and to confirm that Woodfordia has agreed to run another pre-festival concert in our Hall on the evening of Sunday December 21st. Try to keep these dates free, for both were outstanding events in 2013.

This is a non-profit event proudly sponsored by the Moreton Bay Regional Council.