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How do you usually spend Valentine’s Day? Snuggled up in some fancy restaurant with your significant other? Perhaps you’re avoiding the ‘Noah’s Ark’ effect and having a drink with some girlfriends… Here’s something a little bit different – and we reckon it’s one of the best ways to spend V Day (no date required).
On Saturday 14 February, thousands of Canberrans will descend on the lawns of Government House as the Canberra Symphony Orchestra invokes the intoxicating music of the British Isles in the 33rd Shell Prom Concert. Held in conjunction with the National Multicultural Festival (MCF), the concert program, themed A Touch of Tartan, includes favourites such as Scottish Fantasy, the Hebrides Overture, orchestral renditions of Danny Boy, and more.
Conducted and compared by ABC Classic FM star, Guy Noble, and featuring young Australian violin sensation, Anna da Silva Chen, the Shell Prom will be a world away from the frenetic pace of the city centre as it pulses with the energy of the MCF.
Conductor Guy Noble says he enjoys working with the CSO as the orchestra has a sense of fun about it, and particularly enjoys the Shell Prom.
“The CSO doesn’t perform every week of the year, so I think they come together with a special sense of enjoyment to play a concert.”
Guy says, “the Prom is lovely! Beautiful gardens, the hint of a breeze, a bottle of wine, a picnic rug and some salmon canapés, the sound of an orchestra wafting across the grass – yes, I’m looking forward to this”.
Guy is also looking forward to performing with Anna da Silva Chen again, declaring her ‘amazing’. “In fact I championed her for a concert at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony. She played with such maturity and technical confidence I was amazed,” he said.
This is the second time that 18 year old Anna has performed with the CSO, having performed at the 2014 Shell Prom, and since then Anna has gone on to win international awards and perform with major Australian orchestras.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of this enchanting program and will be playing one of Bruch’s signature works, a fantasy full of lively Scottish folk themes. I’ve had several experiences performing in Prom concerts and adore how they are characterised simply by the appreciation of great music and endless fun for the performers and audiences.”
So pack your rug and picnic hamper, round up your loved one, family or friends (or come solo) and spend Valentine’s Day on the lawns of Government House. Closer to the date, you’ll be able to pre-order picnic hampers, or just enjoy the Canberra SES fundraiser sausage sizzle, plus Biginelli coffee and gelato. It’s set to be a lovely afternoon…
What: The Shell Prom
When: Saturday 14 February. Concert starts at 5pm, gates open at 3.45pm
Where: The grounds of Government House, Yarralumla.
How much: $19 Student/Pensioner; $27 Adult; $60 for family of four.
Tickets: Available at the gate or by visiting cso.org.au.