Feast of talent at RSPCA fundraiser
A STORM did not dampen spirits at the annual "all things bright and beautiful concert", fundraiser for the Gympie RSPCA.
It was held last Sunday at St Peter's Anglican Church, compered by Ellen Smith.
The concert was a feast of superb talent showcasing Gympie's best in classical music.
Performers were the Gympie's Eisteddfod and Bursary winner Emily Sawrey; Denise Steele, Anna Murley and Prue Townsend-Webb. Others were Madelyn Hyett, Rhiannon Cox, Chloe Shieh, Vivi Shieh, Liam Brauer, Duncan Rider, Ros Stirling, Graham Chisholm and concert organiser Kathy Hood.
All gave moving and inspiring performances, including Hood's colourful and entertaining rendition of the Alfred Noyes poem The Highwayman.
The highlight was a duet by Sawrey and Hood singing, O Lovely Nigh", from the Tales of Hoffman.
Many were moved to tears by the beauty of the harmony of their voices.
Afternoon tea was as sumptuous as promised and the church made for a perfect venue.
It is hoped more of these types of premier concerts will be held in the future in Gympie.