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Welcome to Sinfonia MNC. This vibrant regional community orchestra aims to cultivate music appreciation, and music playing in our region.
Our orchestra of the Mid North Coast, draws its players from all ages (currently 13-93 years) from the wider communities of Gloucester, Great Lakes, Taree & Port Macquarie.
Sinfonia's regular repertoire extends across many genres including classical, jazz and popular. This variety, plus Sinfonia's performance standards make our concerts a most enjoyable and entertaining experience for our audiences. Local choirs, including high school choirs, soloists, and other community musical groups are often featured with the orchestra at its concerts, highlighting the talents in our own communities.
Skills For Life
5-9 Elizabeth St, Taree
12.30 - 4.00pm, Saturdays
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Sinfonia celebrates the life of former French Horn player Graeme “Grim” Mowat
Graeme was born on 27th August 1938 in Newcastle, grew up and worked there for BHP after gaining his Bachelor of Science degree, until 1968 when he moved with his wife and young family to Melbourne. Graeme's first family were members of the Salvation Army, and around the age of eight he was drawn to the local Salvo's Band playing cornet, and then euphonium. This was the dawn of Graeme's appreciation for music. Then in his early high school years he heard Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf for the first time, with its menacing “Wolf” theme played on the French Horn. This was the beginning of Graeme's lifelong love of the French Horn!
Following the Mowat's move to Melbourne, Graeme's interest in playing a brass instrument was rekindled, and the whole family joined the Box Hill City Band. From there the opportunity arose to join the community Whitehorse Orchestra, also in the Box Hill area. So, carrying his lovely new French Horn along, Graeme's dream was realised! What a thrill it was to one day play the Wolf part in Peter and the Wolf with the orchestra.
The French Horn is notoriously tricky to master, and Graeme worked constantly at improving his technique and standard. Somewhere in this adventure, Graeme's wife Dorothy also began French Horn lessons. So formed a musical journey as a duo. Sometime later they were referred to as “Mr and Mrs French Horn”.
Upon retirement the Mowats settled on the mid north coast in 2004. Not long after they discovered Sinfonia, still in its formative years. Graeme and Dorothy became very involved with Sinfonia – not only as regular members of the brass section, but working behind the scenes as part of the association's board for a number of years. Graeme produced many concert programs for printing, and showed his design flair in a new logo for Sinfonia. Dorothy took up her librarianship skills learned from Whitehorse Orchestra days, and supported then conductor, James Hannah, in her role as music librarian, and sometimes also minding James' miniature poodle, Gus, at rehearsals.
Graeme is remembered strongly for his unique sense of humour and playful turns of phrase by members of the orchestra, as much as for his singular contribution to the music on his French Horn.
Many thanks to Dorothy for contributing stories and details for this brief musical biography.