Animal kingdom theme at Tea and Symphony event

The Bundaberg Symphony Orchestra held their Tea and Symphony event at the weekend.
The Bundaberg Symphony Orchestra held their Tea and Symphony event at the weekend.

It was an afternoon of music, entertainment and animals when the Bundaberg Symphony Orchestra hosted their Tea and Symphony event on Sunday.

Conducted by Shannon Brown, the annual performance was based around the theme of “The Animal Kingdom”, with music from The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lion King and How to Train Your Dragon, just to name a few.

The orchestra's president Chris Thompson said the event was a great success, with 30 musicians taking to the stage at the Shalom College Performing Arts Precinct.

“Not only did we have the orchestra performing, we also had two solo acts featuring 14-year-old Hayley Brown who played ‘The Elephant' on the euphonium,” she said.

“Then Rebekah Tonkin performed ‘The Swan” on her cello.”

Chris said audiences were thrilled with the animal theme.

“The Lion King was, of course, very popular and audience members gave very good feedback about the great balance of classical and modern music performed,” she said.

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Bundaberg Region Mayor Jack Dempsey with members of the Bundaberg Symphony Orchestra.

Bundaberg Region Mayor Jack Dempsey attended and said the performance was one of a kind.

“We're lucky to have such talented musicians in the Bundaberg Region,” he said.

“The performance was a delight for all ages. Thank you to the Bundaberg Symphony Orchestra for such a fantastic and fun-filled afternoon.”

About the orchestra

The Bundaberg Symphony Orchestra was first established in 1989 and has been entertaining audiences with live orchestral music since then.

The orchestra performs five times a year, with a Gala and a Tea and Symphony event focused around fundraising for charities.

The orchestra welcomes new members and there is no audition process.

The orchestra rehearses at Bundaberg East State School every Thursday night from 7pm to 9pm.