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Anyone who has an ear for fine music would bend over backwards to hear the Swingalicious Big Band. One of Brisbane's up and coming bands, this 17 piece band plays a variety of music from the forties to the noughties. Imagining having them play for you in a garden party, dancing to the spring sunshine to sound of Swing, Funk, Rock, Blues, Latin, Pop and more. Some of their performers have really hit the big note, having played for Miss Saigon as well as Beauty and the Beast (Savoyards); while their resident saxophonist had the privilege of performing in the Australian Saxophone Orchestra at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France.
, Now imagine pairing these newcomers with one of our city's oldest ensembles, the band is now celebrating its 41st Anniversary. Come face to face with these talented musicians, some of whom have performed with Opera Queensland, and a number of cabaret-style concerts.
Anyone who has an eye for history would know that 41 years of continuous service is nothing to be sneezed at. What about 151 years of serving the community?
While 1866 may be known for the Bread or Blood Riot near the Commissariat Stores, it was also the founding of St Andrews Anglican Church at Lutwyche. The existence of this church was due to the benevolence of Judge Alfred James Peter Lutwyche, who was the first Supreme Court judge at Moreton Bay. The present building dates from 1925.
St Andrew's Lutwyche is one of the few Churches in Brisbane to house 13 bells and the Church is well known for its beautiful bell ringing.
On Saturday 26 August, St Andrews celebrates its 151st anniversary and you are cordially invited to its spring fair. Enjoy an intimate garden party with the Brisbane Symphonic Winds Band or the Northside Youth Jazz Ensemble over lunch. Normally you have to go to the Brisbane Jazz Club to see a band of this quality, but at the Spring Fair you can see them for free and there are plenty of craft and cake stalls as well.
You may have missed Brisbane Open House, but come to St Andrews this Saturday and admire one of Brisbane's historic churches close up. The gates open at 10am at 673 Lutwyche Road, Lutwyche. There is plenty of parking nearby, or it is a short walk from Kedron Brook Bus Station or Wooloowin Train Station.