Maitland Musical Society will perform on June 16 and 17

ORCHESTRA: Violinists Carolyn Gregg, Helen Russell and Sally Keir will perform with the city's orchestra, called Maitland Musical Society, this weekend.
ORCHESTRA: Violinists Carolyn Gregg, Helen Russell and Sally Keir will perform with the city's orchestra, called Maitland Musical Society, this weekend.

From the tunes of James Bond movies to more classical numbers, Maitland’s very own orchestra knows it all.

That’s right, Maitland has an orchestra, called Maitland Musical Society, and it’s been going for more than 50 years.

The community will be given a rare glimpse of the orchestra’s extensive repertoire at two afternoon concerts this weekend.

The first will take place at Maitland Masonic Centre on Saturday. It’s an afternoon with a high tea – equipped with delicious delights and classic sandwiches – and orchestra music. 

The audience has been asked to arrive at 1.30pm so they can settle in before the performance starts at 2pm. Tickets to the event are $25 each.

The 22-piece orchestra will also perform on Sunday at Largs School of Arts hall at 2pm. Cost is $12 per person. 

Violinist Carolyn Gregg, who has been part of the orchestra since it began in 1964, said the performance would feature easy-listening music.

The professional performer urged the young and old to come along and hear the orchestra play.

“We have done it before, and we were quite successful, so we are having another go,” she said.

“When people walk up High Street they don’t know Maitland has its own orchestra.

People don’t know we exist, and that’s really sad, there’s nothing like listening to an orchestra. We hope young people will come along as well – seeing an orchestra play is something they wouldn’t see very often,

Violinist Carolyn Gregg said.

“We play light music that you can tap your foot to and relax listening to for a couple of hours.”

Violinists Helen Russell and Sally Keir joined the orchestra after decades away from the instrument and say being part of it is one of the best decisions they’ve ever made.

To book your place visit maitlandmusicals.org or phone 0432345377 (Saturday session); 0434799343 (Sunday session). Tickets available at the door on Sunday.

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