This year’s October Moon Festival will be held in conjunction with the races on Saturday October 27.
IF you missed the October Moon Festival in 2011 well don’t be alarmed because it is returning more fantastic than ever in its fifth year on Saturday October 27.
Organisers have pledged to make the 2012 festival even better, which was not an easy task to undertake, considering the overwhelming success of last year.
Last year’s new venue of the Bush Tucker Garden overlooking beautiful Lake Fred Tritton at Richmond was a huge success with festival patrons.
Local performers and music students entertained the audience throughout the evening and blew everyone away with their talent and professionalism.
This was complimented by main act – the spectacular 18 piece army band ‘RAR’, who kept the audience toe tapping and dancing under the light of the full moon late into the night.
This year, Sydney jazz pianist and vocalist Jan Preston return as well as the 18 piece jazz band, Bandana, from Mt Isa.
The day begins with the races and a champagne lunch at midday all the with a string quartet playing in between races, red carpet fashion awards, a designer fashion parade and a surprise performance.
At 5pm busses will take everyone to the lake for the main event of the day – the jazz festival.
There’s a packed programme of performers scheduled before the main act, Jan Preston who will grace the stage at 8.30pm.
This is Jan’s third trip to Richmond and she is loved by all the faithful festival followers.
Bandana will hit the stage again after 10.30pm and entertain everyone under the stars until midnight.
HISTORY OF THE FESTIVAL
The October Moon Festival (OMF) was born out a desire by the Mary McKillop House Management Committee to bring music to Richmond.
An annual festival was identified as the best fundraising tool to achieve that goal and the OMF committee was established.
The OMF music program offers everyone in the Richmond community the opportunity to participate in musical education including guitar, piano, vocal lessons and workshops, culminating in the participation in the annual October Moon Festival.
The organisation subsidises activities including piano, guitar and vocal.
Local music teacher Christine Douglas has taught piano to students in the community for the last three years. These weekly lessons are open to all members of the community for a fee of $50 per year.
Over the last two years, OMF has held a number of subsidised guitar workshops in Richmond with Dr Michael Witticker from the Sunshine Coast.
It has been great to see members of the community participate in this weekend tuition and benefit from learning the basics of guitar, or for the more advanced musicians, consolidating what they already know.
And this year, the OMF will expand its musical base to include a series of vocal workshops, an exciting addition to the music program which the OMF are thrilled to offer to the community.
As well, the OMF has established a music scholarship to assist local students with financial help, who’ve participated in the OMF Music Program.
This is to aid in their continued pursuit of music at their chosen boarding school.
Students who have been involved in music lessons with Christine, attended guitar workshops with Dr Michael Witticker, or performed at our annual festival are invited to apply to OMF for this scholarship.
The OMF committee is made up of chairwoman Kacie Lord, treasurer Leigh Propsting, secretary Kim Hughes, music teacher Christine Douglas, scholarship officer Teena Chappel, marketing rep Sara Vouri, Kid’s World convener Hollie Harrington, caterer Camilla Rogers, and committee members Emily Connors, Carmel Harrington , Marian Murray, Amy Slack-Smith, Virginia George , Winnie Batt Joan Mintram, and Emma Greensill.
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