Music @ Murdoch concert thrills thousands

February 23, 2017

Music @ Murdoch 2017Several thousand people packed into Murdoch University’s Bush Court at the weekend for another fabulous Music @ Murdoch concert by the Perth Symphony Orchestra (PSO) and special guests.

The free ticketed event, supported by the City of Melville, saw musicians from PSO accompany talented singers to perform musical theatre, film classics and rock hits under the stars.

Murdoch alumus Kathryn McCarthy, Australian idol finalist Chris Murphy and his wife Sherri and young performers from the Australian Pop Academy entertained the crowd before the PSO took to the stage.

The PSO were joined by tenor Jay Weston, soprano Jenna Robertson and rocker Justin Burford for a set which traversed the music of Puccini, Queen and Marvin Gaye.

“It was a really fabulous event, bigger and better than last year, and there were masses of children dancing in front of the stage from beginning to the end of the concert,” said PSO founder and Executive Director Bourby Webster. “The PSO is all about bringing music to as wide an audience as possible, so this was particularly gratifying to see.

“We have seen lots of positive feedback on Facebook from concert-goers who enjoyed the variety and quality of the performers and the music choices.

“Overall, I think the event was a lot of fun and we are very thankful to Murdoch for providing us with such wonderful support and a venue to die for.”

Music @ Murdoch was also enhanced this year with a food circus by Hawaiian providing concert goers with delicious offerings from around the world.  Access Circus, which was formed by Murdoch alumnus Renee Pilkington, also ran hugely popular circus workshops for the young and young at heart.

The evening was ably and enthusiastically hosted by Dominique Pratt, a Murdoch alumnus and current staff member from Murdoch’s School of Arts. Thousands of dollars were collected for the 12 Buckets charity, which strives to equip at-risk and disadvantaged students with the skills, support and connections needed to build a strong future.

Speaking during the concert, Professor Romy Lawson, Deputy Vice Chancellor Education, said the University was committed to making Murdoch a place for all the local community to enjoy through events like Music @ Murdoch.

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said the evening was a wonderful opportunity to enjoy world-class performances with his own family and the community.

“Music @ Murdoch was the ultimate family event and musical experience. The City of Melville was delighted to support an event that provides such high quality entertainment for the community to enjoy,” he said.

The event was supported by the City of Melville, AHG and Hawaiian.

The inaugural Music @ Murdoch concert took place in February 2016.

Music @ Murdoch 2017

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