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A Feast of Glorious Food and Music

NFA Silver Jubilee DinnerNoosa Federation of the Arts Inc, in association with berardo's

Celebrate our Silver Jubilee in style, with a feast of glorious food and music at berardo’s

NFA is proud to celebrate 25 years nurturing young artists and 16 years supporting young operatic students through the Dame Joan Sutherland Award Vocal Competition.

So join us for this special evening of magical arias and duets along with excerpts from your favourite musicals.

Featuring Guy Booth – Baritone – winner of the 2000 Dame Joan Sutherland Award
Dominique Fegan (Soprano)
Bernard Wheaton (Tenor)
And John Woods (accompanist)

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Mr. Music Man Speaks

Talk to John Woods about anything musical and he’s either been there or done it. John is Noosa Federation of the Arts’ next Afternoon Delight guest speaker, the first for 2015. Afternoon Delight is a bi-monthly series of talks by experts in their field, designed to delight and enhance our knowledge in most things cultural.

What tales John has to tell about his travels around the world. He has accompanied great singers, either in masterclasses or in recital, such as the Dames Joan Sutherland, Janet Baker, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, or Sir Peter Pears and Luigi Alva. Also, the current crop including Joan Rodgers, Amanda Roocroft, Simon Keenlyside, and in particular, Jane Eaglen.

John WoodsBorn in Stirling, Scotland he studied piano and bassoon at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and won scholarships from The Scottish Arts Council and The Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust to specialise in piano accompaniment at The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He has since worked as a guest repetiteur at the R.N.C.M. and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In 1992 he joined the staff of The Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University as an accompanist and vocal coach, preparing many of its operas, including the brilliant Australian premiere of Britten’s “Billy Budd”, as part of the 1993 Brisbane Biennial Festival.

Not only, but also, John was Musical Associate for Granada Television. He has credits on a wide range of arts and drama programmes which include “The Dame Joan Hammond Masterclasses”, “Coronation Street”, “Sherlock Holmes” and “Lost Empires”, the eight-hour serialisation of the J.B. Priestley novel in which he worked with the late Sir Laurence Olivier. So, be prepared for a most entertaining afternoon.

During his talk John will be performing on a Schimmel 205T Recital Hall grand piano which responds beautifully to a master musician’s touch.

This Afternoon Delight will be held in the magnificent waterside home of Gwyneth Yuill and John Deshon who have been gracious enough to lend it to NFA for this fund-raising event. Funds raised are for the Dame Joan Sutherland Vocal Competition Award 2017.

Time: 2.30 – 4pm
Date: Friday 27th February 2015
Venue: 131 Shorehaven Drive, Noosa Waters

As the venue is a private home bookings are essential: Members $20, Friends and Gen. public $25 Coffee, tea available. Cash bar

Phone: Moya Aland on (07) 5474 4854 or 0417 848 280 Visa and MasterCard accepted.

Xmas Cruise - All aboard the good ship Catalina

You are invited to join our sunset Xmas cruise on Friday 12th December from 5 till 7pm for our traditional Xmas ham and cheese feast.

The good ship MV Catalina will weigh anchor at 5pm sharp from:

The Catalina Jetty
172 Gympie Terrace
Noosaville

50 metres from Big Pelican towards Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club.
Patrons are asked to commence boarding at 4.45pm

By popular demand Stan May and Evie Pikler will entertain us with their fabulous music.

Tickets - Members $25, Friends $30
Cash Bar

Phone Pat Hahn on 5473 0809
Visa and Mastercard accepted

Dancing Fingers

Every now and then a pianist comes along whose fingers fairly dance over the keys making magical sounds. One such man is entertaining us at our next Afternoon Delight on Friday 21st November 2014.  His name is Alex Raineri.  We are indeed fortunate to be able to nab him in a tiny window of opportunity in his busy schedule.

Alex RaineriHe is Master of Music (Research), holds degrees in music as long as your arm, stretching from London to Australia, also holds a Licentiate Diploma in Performance with the Australian Music Examinations Board (2009) and Licentiate Diploma with Distinction with Trinity College of Music, London (2008) and he is only 21 years old!

Alex has won major prizes, scholarships and awards from such organisations as the Australia Council, Ian Potter Foundation.  Also won 1st prize and Sonata prize at the Kerikeri International Piano Competition (2014), Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship, Second Prize in the Mietta Song Competition (2014), Eisteddfods and is the proud recipient of the coveted Griffith University Medal upon graduation from Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (2013) and won the Valia Mead Award for Youngest Australian Pianist in the Sydney International Piano Competition (2012).

He has performed  several broadcasts for ABC Classic FM, 2MBS, 3MBS and 4MBS, and played in Darmstadt Germany, South-East Asia, America, , and Australia.  His repertoire includes concertos by Schumann, Bartok, Mozart, Bach and Gershwin which he has performed with the Queensland, West Australian and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. 

Is Alex a whizz kid or not?  He has accomplished so much in his short life and he is still learning!

If you want to see and hear Alex play, and hear more of his fascinating story, come along to the Tavern, Laguna Estate, 13 – 21 Lake Drive, Noosaville on Friday 21st   November from 2.30 – 4pm.   Afternoon tea and coffee will be served, and there is a cash bar.

Venue:   Tavern, Laguna Estate, 13 – 21 Lake Weyba Drive, Noosaville

Time:   2.30 – 4pm

Date:   Friday 21st November 2014

Tickets:  $20 Members   $25 Friends

Booking essential for catering purposes  - no door sales

Contact Pat Hahn on 07 54730809  MasterCard and Visa welcome.

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