Opera Queensland La Traviata Principals
Opera Queensland La Traviata Principals

Opera sings out for community involvement in workshop

OPERA Queensland is calling for the community to get involved in an upcoming workshop weekend on Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1 at Tumbulgum Hall as part of Arts Northern Rivers If These Halls Could Talk project.

OperaQ Artistic Director, Lindy Hume, together with the two Creative Directors on the project, Jason Barry-Smith and Rod Ainsworth, will be at the hall to speak with the community about the stories that should be told, the food that should be eaten and the songs that should be sung at the event.

OperaQ has been commissioned by Arts Northern Rivers to develop an event that celebrates stories of Tumbulgum Hall and the surrounding community.

‘The Tumbulgum Hall has been about many things but music and song features strongly,’ said Barry-Smith.

Over the two days there will be a series of singing workshops that are open to everyone and a specific call out for musicians to register their interest to be part of the project.

‘If you’re a muso and you’re interested in being involved in this project, we’d like to hear from you. Please come along and put your name down’.

The Community is invited to drop in anytime to share their stories of love, of loss, of friendships past and present, of antics and mayhem and visions of the future.

Food will also be important to the final event therefore a special recipe drop has been set up for Sunday between 1-2pm for those who have a special food memories connected to the hall.

‘These will be the ingredients that will make the final event a night you’ll never forget!’ said Barry-Smith.

All the workshops are free and open to anyone who would like to participate in the project.

If These Halls Could Talk is funded through Arts NSW Regional Partnerships Funding and the Regional Arts NSW Regional Arts Fund.

SATURDAY 30 APRIL

Storytelling drop in

Drop in anytime to tell us stories of love, of loss, of friendships past and present, of antics and mayhem and your visions of the future – these will be the ingredients that will make the final event a night you’ll never forget.

WHEN: Saturday 9 - 1pm

Singing Workshops

The first of two singing workshops run by Jason Barry-Smith – some vocal goodness to start both days. You only need to bring your voice.

WHEN: Saturday 9 - 11am

Stories from Song

The Tumbulgum Hall has been about many things but music and song features strongly. We want your musical memories from the Hall. What do you remember as a child? Who have you danced with? What stars have been born here?

WHEN: Saturday 11 - 1pm

SUNDAY 1 MAY

Singing Workshops

The second of two singing workshops facilitated by Jason Barry-Smith. You only need to bring your voice.

WHEN: Saturday 9 - 11am

Musicians Consultation:

We want to hear from musicians of any ilk. If you’re a muso and you’re interested in being involved in this project, we’d like to hear from you. We’ll start a register of interest and be in touch as the project develops. But we need to meet you first. Please come along and put your name down.

WHEN: Sunday 11 - 12pm

Recipe Drop:

Food will be important to the final event. As well as the community stories, we want to understand the food that means something to you and the Hall. What flavours does this Hall conjure up for you? Please bring recipes or your food memories to this session.

WHEN: Sunday 1 - 2pm

Stories from Song

The Tumbulgum Hall has been about many things but music and song features strongly. We want your musical memories from the Hall. What do you remember as a child? Who have you danced with? What stars have been born here?

WHEN: Sunday 2 - 3pm



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