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Robert Shearer is “Albert Herring” September 28, 29, 30, 2012

Robert Shearer will be performing the lead role in Benjamin Britten’s “Albert Herring.”

ANU School of Music and The Street Theatre Present Albert Herring, cystitis a deliciously witty comic opera by Benjamin Britten,  28 – 30 September 2012.
“Country virgins, if there be such, think too little and see too much.”

One of Benjamin Britten’s most admired works Albert Herring is a musically inventive coming-of-age story. Unable to find a worthy girl to be crowned May Queen, a small town elects the unquestionably virtuous Albert Herring instead . This lively opera filled with comical characters charts the meek and stumbling Albert’s journey from a fearful and submissive son, to one who steps out into the world, and is transformed.

Melodies abound amidst colourful music of rich imagination, freshness and subtlety with a chamber ensemble of thirteen players led by Melbourne-based conductor Rick Prakhoff joined by The Street Theatre’s artistic director Caroline Stacey. Albert Herring features a mix of professional singers and students from the ANU School of Music and follows the popular and critically acclaimed presentation of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in 2010. 

Music by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by Eric Crozier based on Le Rosier de Madame Husson by Guy de Maupassant
Conductor Rick Prakhoff
Director Caroline Stacey
Set Design Gillian Schwab
Costume Design Imogen Keen
Lighting Design PJ Williams

Starring Madeline Anderson, Patrick Baker, Nick Beecher, Liv Brash, Joshua Burke, Alexandra Dalman, Keren Dalzell, Laura Griffin, Jessica Harper, Krystle Innes, Kathryn Jenkinson, Elora Ledger, Norman Meader, Dianne Prince, Robert Shearer, Jennifer Tabur, Rohan Thatcher, Rachael Thoms, Julia Wee, Jessica Westcott

Friday 28 – Saturday 29 September 7.30pm
Sunday 30 September 2:00pm and 7:30pm

Full $30
Concession/Student $25

Book now online at or phone 6247 1223

Gilbert & Sullivan Extravaganza_The Aftermath

Gilbert & Sullivan Extravaganza

The Gilbert & Sullivan Extravaganza was a great success with over 550 people in total attending the 3 performances last weekend at the Cooma Ex-Services Club. This major production was a made up of selections from “The Mikado”, myocarditis “HMS Pinafore”, more about “Pirates of Penzance”, Yeoman of the Guard”, “The Gondoliers”and “Iolanthe”.

This ambitious project was conceived by Robert Shearer and featured 20 soloists, a chorus of 20 voices and an orchestra of almost 30. The chorus was made up of members of the Cooma Harmony Chorus, and the orchestra was primarily made up of the Snowy Mountains Ensemble. The proceeds from the shows were evenly divided between these two wonderful community-based music groups. Over $10.000 was made.

The audiences for the shows were a mix of ages from children to pensioners and this was reflected the diverse ages of the performers which was from 6 to 80 year-olds. As well as the many locals that came along to see the shows there were visitors from Canberra, Sydney, Mebourne and Brisbane. One audience member told me that he and his wife had brought along his mother-in-law who was visiting from the USA. He said that his mother-in-law was delighted with the show remarking that the Gilbert and Sullivan Extravaganza was a highlight of her visit to Australia and the she “couldn’t believe that a small town like Cooma could have put on a performance of such high quality!”

Here’ some photos from the shows. Click on thumbnails for larger images.

Gilbert & Sullivan Extravaganza Heats Up!

Julia Clancy performing in Iolanthe

It may be getting a little chilly in Cooma these days but preparations for the Gilbert & Sullivan Extravaganza are heating up. Rehearsals are in full swing. The orchestra, medicine which was 26 strong and mainly consisting of members of the Snowy Mountains Ensemble, stuff has now grown to 36 in number with many accomplished musicians from far and wide joining the ranks. Many of these new arrivals are from orchestras in Canberra. They seem to be very excited about getting to perform in these much loved works.

The Cooma Harmony Chorus has been very busy not only learning their songs but quite a few tricky dance steps as well. It’s hard work but great fun!

Yvonne Barnes has been madly sewing costumes late into the night. The soloists have been having fun trying out all the elaborate costumes and make up. John and Joan Holmes have been testing and retesting all the sound and lighting equipment. The Lion’s Club has been hard at work constructing the sets. Robert Shearer, stuff Petra Lindsay, Rodney Clancy and Leslie Spencer have been directing all this frenetic activity. It’s Cooma’s largest musical production ever but it’s all coming together beautifully.

Tickets sales are selling fast so if you want to attend buy your tickets soon as you can so you don’t miss out. Tickets are available for three shows only. There’s one performance on Friday evening 1st June at 7.30 pm and two performances on  Saturday 2nd June; a matinee at 1.30 pm and an evening show at 7.30 pm. Tickets may be purchases at the venue, Cooma Ex-Services Club or at Cooma School of Music.

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Photos from the Jerrabomberra Carols

Here’s some great photos of the Jerrabomberra Carols.

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Photos from the Divine Divas Concert

I got some very grainy photos from the wonderful Divine Divas and a Bloke concert.

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Jerrabomberra Carols – Saturday 3 December – with Robert Shearer & Cooma Harmony Chorus

Cooma Harmony Chorus will be singing  a concert of Christmas Carols at

Jerrabomberra on Saturday 3 December.

The Chorus will perform with the Hall District Band and Soloists.

The soloist will include our own Robert Shearer and Bronwyn Douglas (the lovely alto who performed in this year’s Sing your own Messiah)

The organizer, noun Rodney Clancy is expecting an audience of over 6, view 000 people. It will be a lovely day, approved with barbecues, fairy floss, icecream stalls, fireworks and lots of rides for the kids. And of course a  visit from Santa.

It’s all happening at David Madew Oval, Jerrrabomberra. The fun starts at 3 pm. The carols concert will be from 8 to 9 pm.

Santa arriving care of the South Care Helicopter

Robert Shearer (Tenor)