Broken Hill Civic Orchestra


Date of last update: Thu 11 Feb 2016

Performances and events during 2015

In September 2015, BHCO celebrated its 40th Anniversary with a wonderful concert at historic Wesley Church, in front of a large and appreciative audience. The occasion was made even more special thanks to several past players who returned to Broken Hill to play with the orchestra for this concert.

Past players who joined us for the concert were Ken Barnett (violin), Leontine Barnett (cello), Tina Rooney (flute), Delwyn Schinella (violin), Franne Sette (double bass), Miluška Šimková (violin), as well as visitors Chantal Balman (clarinet) and Miluška Hofmann (violin).

Broken Hill orchestra playing in Regional Art Gallery

Regional Arts NSW logo; plus text - This project is supported by Arts NSW Country Arts Support Program, a devolved funding program administered by Regional Arts NSW and West Darling Arts

Earlier in the year, on the weekend of 20-22 March, the Broken Hill orchestra hosted a String Workshop with Louise Keller,Director of Strings at MLC School. The workshop sessions catered for a range of abilities, including a session for beginners, and all orchestra members who attended were very enthusiastic about the workshop. The workshop project was supported by a grant from Regional Arts NSW through the Regional Arts Fund. The workshop was an excellent preparation for the orchestra's first concert of the year, which was held on the following weekend.

The orchestra would also like to acknowledge the generous support of John Wren at the Silver City Cinema for providing us with fundraising opportunities during 2015.

Performances and events during 2014

2014 was an exciting and varied year for the orchestra, with several concerts plus a wonderful opportunity to rehearse with players from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra when they came to Broken Hill to perform a concert in May. The Broken Hill orchestra players who took part in the rehearsal with the SSO found it very inspiring.

In September 2014, musicians of all ages and abilities gathered for an exciting weekend of workshops with Mark Walton, one of Australia's leading clarinet and saxophone teachers and performers. The weekend brought together musicians from three states and even a visitor from the USA, in addition to the local Broken Hill orchestra members. On the Sunday afternoon following the workshop sessions, Mark Walton led the local orchestra... together with over 30 visiting musicians, a choir and one beagle... as they performed music learnt at the workshop, including "Benny the Beagle", an original work by Mark Walton. This project was made possible by a grant from Regional Arts NSW through the Regional Arts Fund.

Performances and events during 2013

The orchestra had a productive and enjoyable year in 2013, culminating in their "Spring into Summer" concert at the Regional Art Gallery. In May the orchestra hosted a concert for a visiting music travel group. Guest artists included Don Mudie and Broken Hill Community Voices who performed musical items which reflected something of Broken Hill's musical culture and history. Read more ...

2011 Workshop with Dr Kevin Cameron

On Sat 12th - Sun 13th Feb 2011, the Broken Hill orchestra hosted a workshop with acclaimed conductor and musical educator, Dr Kevin Cameron. The workshop was made possible by a grant from the Australian Government Regional Arts Fund. Read more ...

Performances and events during 2010

old black and white logo with violin in front of a headframe, surrounded by a double circle containing the words Broken Hill Civic Orchestra Incorporated In April 2010, the Broken Hill Civic Orchestra officially adopted a new logo, which is shown in the banner at the top of this page. Our old logo is pictured on the left.

The new logo was designed by local graphic artist, Simon Bennett. Read more ...

Performances during 2009

Performances for 2009 included a concert for a tour group visiting with John Howie,and the orchestra's Penguins at an Exhibition concert at the regional Art Gallery. Read more ...

Facing the Music - Conducting Workshop 2008

On the weekend of Friday 31st Oct to Sunday 2nd Nov 2008, the Broken Hill orchestra hosted a workshop about conducting instrumental and vocal ensembles. The tutor was Brian Buggy OAM. Read more ...

Vale Patsy Larnach

Patsy Larnach playing the flute Patsy Larnach, a flautist with the Broken Hill orchestra for many years, died in 2008 after a battle with cancer.

As well as playing the flute, Patsy also held various committee positions over the years, including her role as secretary for 2008. Patsy is sadly missed by both her fellow musicians in the orchestra and by the wider community.

2008 Performance at Albert Hall in Tibooburra

In June 2008 the orchestra performed an "Orchestra in the Outback" concert at Albert Hall in Tibooburra. The orchestra included members of the Broken Hill Civic Orchestra together with several musicians from Mungindi, and others from as far afield as Sydney, Canberra, Singleton, Gilgandra and Newcastle. Guest artist and conductor for the evening was Mark Walton. Read more ...

2007 Albert Hall Concert

Royal Albert Hall in London is famous around the world. Well, Tibooburra with a population of 150 people in Far West NSW (Australia) has its own Albert Hall, which was the venue for a BHCO concert in 2007. Read more ...

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