The Variety Concert held in Narrogin on the 7th of September was a fabulous evening packed with with local musical talent. Read below for a review of the show:

Often heard in Narrogin is the comment that not much happens here by the way of live arts entertainment – and when it goes seats are slow to fill.

Well, let this reviewer give such negativity the corrective clout it deserves. 

Those who packed the Church of the Resurrection last Friday night (Sept 7) for the Narrogin Spring Festival Variety Concert enjoyed a delightful program studded with local talent. 

From the opening notes of the catchy swing tune “We’re Going to Put on a Show”, sung by the Occasional Singers choir, the audience could sense it was in for an entertaining night. The choir was conducted in lively style by Anna Pollard, whose skills and commitment to the art of music-making are well known in this part of the world and widely appreciated. 

Many have enjoyed Anna’s recorder playing in previous concerts but on Friday her efforts were simply spellbinding. On an instrument amounting to not much more than a 30cm piece of pipe with a row of holes  inserted – and in many parents’ memory a source of aural annoyance – she played a three movement sonata with all the colour, feeling and style the composer, St. Verrolst, intended. A superb performance from a genuine talent. 

Accompanying Anna, and many other performers on the night, was the accomplished pianist Mary Martin. Another fine evening’s work by this tireless contributor to the Narrogin arts scene. 

Dropping in to liven proceedings with the raunchy number “And All That Jazz” from “Chicago” was Sharon Moore and Christine Cowcher. Both singers starred recently in the highly successful staging of “Chicago” in Williams earlier this year. 

There was poetry from Frank Heffernan and Kay Weaver, and performances from pianists Heejin Kim and Allana Seale, guitarist Evan Beckwith and violinist Roger Simms. The Salvation Army tambourine group and a recently formed ukulele ensemble added to the variety. 

All in all, a show to send an audience home humming a reprise or two and feeling pleasantly reassured about their town’s musical talent. 

-by Con Brio

The Christmas Variety Concert will be held at the Anglican Church in Narrogin on Saturday 8th December, at 7.30pm.

For more details please contact Mary Martin on 0490 973 157.