Mandolin magic capturing sounds of the River City

Published 9:00am 26 June 2024

Mandolin magic capturing sounds of the River City
Words by Jodie Powell

Scarborough’s Helen Dacy is preparing for an unforgettable experience.

A member of Mandolins In Brisbane (MIB) and of the Federation of Australasian Mandolin Ensembles (FAME), she will play mandolin in a FAME Festival.

“Music is pure pleasure in my life,” Helen says.

“It’s a privilege to participate in FAME Festival 2024, a new experience for me.”

FAME members from across Australasia gather every two years in a host city - this year in Brisbane.

They rehearse intensively for a week, culminating in a concert that’s open to the public are invited.

New music to hear

This year’s concert is at St John’s Cathedral in Ann St, Brisbane, on Saturday, July 6 at 7pm.

The 75-strong orchestra, also involving mandolas, mandocellos, guitars and double basses, will demonstrate the diversity and uniqueness of mandolin music.

New music commissioned by MIB for the event by established Sydney based guitarist-composer, Richard Charlton, also the concert’s conductor, and by emerging composer, Tara Lynam, will describe the Brisbane River in music in a program set to enchant.

Tickets are $35 (concessions $30 and for children $10) are available from 4MBS here, or phone 3847 1717.

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