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HSO at Midland Town Hall

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by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce (subscribe)
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Symphonies, Sonatas, Songs, Soirees and the HSO
"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything."
Plato (Philosopher 427-347BCE)

In 1981 a group of like-minded local musicians decided that what was needed was an orchestra for music-lovers, both players and non-players in the hills and foothills area.

Encouraged by the then headmaster, David Law Davies, Guildford Grammar School's Director of Music Leo Arnold called a meeting and the Hills Symphony Orchestra was founded with Leo as conductor.

HSO, Beethoven
The HSO in performance (Photo courtesy of the HSO)

Over thirty years later, the Hills Symphony Orchestra (HSO) has become a much loved part of the hills community.

The original twenty-three members have grown to more than fifty musicians all passionate about making and sharing beautiful music.

The musicians are all ages and occupations, from retired members of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, through businessmen, hairdressers, doctors and scout leaders to music teachers and students. Some are retired professionals, but most are enthusiastic and talented amateurs in the true sense of the word - 'those who do it for love'.

The HSO conducts between eight and ten concerts annually covering a wide range of genres, ranging from show tunes, music from the movies, light and classical music by the great composers.

Literally something for every taste and for those who'd like a taste the HSO's next event is their Symphonic Afternoon at the Midland Town Hall at 2:30pm on Sunday, September 7th.

HSO, Beethoven
The HSO in performance (Photo courtesy of the HSO)

The current conductor of the HSO is Shaun Fraser. a professional musician of many years' standing. He studied music at Perth Modern School, the WA Youth Concert Band and the Australian Army Band Corps.

The HSO would like to acknowledge the support of the City of Swan, the Mundaring Community Bank, and Lotterywest.

If you are interested in upcoming concerts, joining the orchestra, providing feedback, or having us play at your event, see their website.

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Why? A lovely mix of great music
When: 2:30pm Sunday 7th September
Phone: 9295 6411
Where: Midland Town Hall, 39 Great Northern Hwy, Midland
Cost: $10 adults, $5 children
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