Soundshell celebration looms

April 10, 2018

The Goulburn Valley’s newest concert venue will be celebrated with a free event on Saturday, April14.

The Girgarre Soundshell sits inside Girgarre’s landmark Gargarro gardens project as a place for music gigs, dance recitals and opera performances.

Funding for the soundshell has been secured through a number of channels, including a Victorian Government small town transformation grant.

Girgarre Development Group director Jan Smith said the transformation of Girgarre would bring about the creation of a much-needed outdoor gathering and performance space.

‘‘I am very excited for the opening,’’ Mrs Smith said.

The first performance will involve local players from Girgarre, Rushworth, Stanhope, Shepparton, Kyabram and more in the up-cycle group known as Junkestra.

Among the instruments you’ll hear are string cans, rubbish bins and cattle-wash drums played with broom handles.

Leading the group is international composer Graeme Leak.

Mr Leak promises that the audience will be treated to something special in a 40-minute work full of surprises, including some cameo appearances by local groups.

Gates will open at 6pm and pre-show entertainment will start at 6.45pm, before the concert at 7.30pm.

Audience members will be invited on stage afterwards for a Jigarre Jam singalong.

Everyone is encouraged to bring their ukuleles, guitars, banjos, violins and accordions to join in the chorus.

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