Mandolin star ready to bloom in Gympie

Sue Flowers
Sue Flowers

FAMOUS mandolin player, Sue Flower, has put together a concert for the people of the Gympie with a variety of participants from all over the place, including interstate and New Zealand.

Flower first presented Mandolin Magic in 2011, an almost all mandolin concert in St Peters Anglican Church, Gympie.

Such was her reputation that the church was full with only standing room available downstairs and a few seats in the gallery.

Inspired by such success, Flower decided to hold another concert this Sunday at St Peters Anglican Church at 2pm.

She said this event had a slightly different format. The music is by predominantly Australian composers, including the world premiere of a piece composed especially for the occasion.

Rob Kay will perform his piece on acoustic bass guitar, with Sue on mandolin.

Fellow mandolinists from Queensland, interstate and New Zealand will be there and the conductor will again be Nathan Aspinall.

Well known talented local musicians will add variety to the concert.

In the voice department, there are solos from Kerri Eaton and some of her pupils, Daniel Jess and members of The Gympie Choral Group.

Instrumental musicians are Phil Stringer on clarinet, Janet Brewer harpsichord, Candice Patrick violin, Pam Graham piano, and Aidan Patrick with his band Two and Fro.

For those who have heard about the magical mandolin and want to find out how it works, there is a workshop prior to the concert, 9-11am at the church hall, with instruments available for those without.

It might just be that Gympie is on its way to being Australia's mandolin capital.

Entry to the concert is $10.

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