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After international success conquering the opera world, tenor Matt Ward returns to his hometown of Albany to lead 40 YEARS LATER: a family singing & acting workshop series and community performance about the last year of whaling in Australia.
This August, Ward will take up a guest Artist-in-Residence position with the Vancouver Arts Centre. In partnership with Albany’s Historic Whaling Station and Creative Albany Inc, Ward’s residence will explore the 40th anniversary of the last year of whaling at Cheynes Beach Whaling Station. Ward explains that “this August is 40 years since activists from all over the world came to Albany and really shook up the conservation scene. Their actions are still controversial today, and many myths remain around why the station closed a year later in 1978… We will be looking at these events, and exploring them through community singing and acting.”
Forty years after the world focused its attention on Albany in 1977, we want as many people as possible to join in the musical telling of this fascinating story. With a unique opportunity for families and people of all ages and abilities, 40 YEARS LATER needs your voice and creativity to help share this story. Explore your local history with friends & family, participate in fun creative sessions here at Albany’s Historic Whaling Station and celebrate the joy of singing.
40 Years Later events here at the Whaling Station include a Scratch Choir on Saturday 5th August, followed by Matt in Concert & Preview of 40 YEARS LATER on Sunday 6th August.
Saturday 5th August, 10am – 1pm
Held onsite here at Albany's Historic Whaling Station, the 40 YEARS LATER scratch choir is a one off workshop for anyone after a quick, exciting and provoking singing experience. With the option of joining the community performance on the 27th of August at the Vancouver Arts Centre, the scratch choir is a fun introduction to all the new music crafted especially for 40 YEARS LATER!
$10.00 Adult, $5.00 Children (under 18 years)
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL – Spaces are limited so book your place today. BOOK HERE (Booking fees apply)
Sunday 6th August, 2pm - 3pm
Join opera tenor Matt Ward as he visits home after six years in Europe as a professional performer.
A concert in support of 40 YEARS LATER: a family singing & acting workshop series and performance about the last year of whaling in Australia. With a special preview of new music composed especially for 40 YEARS LATER community performance on the 27th of August at the Vancouver Arts Centre.
A short afternoon concert in the quirky surrounds of Albany’s Historic Whaling Station skeleton shed is not to be missed. Matt is joined by 40 YEARS LATER composer and indie singer-song-writer, Jonathan Brain, for a truly eclectic celebration of singing; classical, jazz, folk and new!
$30.00 Adult, $15.00 Children (under 18 years)
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL - An intimate venue with limited seats. BOOK HERE (Booking fees apply)
Get your tickets now, support the teaching of singing and acting in the community and welcome Matt home.
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Whale watching season is in full swing here in Amazing Albany and we want to celebrate by giving away one of our NEW Annual Family Pass to Albany's Historic Whaling Station!
To enter, simply share your favourite Albany whale photo or memory on Facebook or Instagram using #myalbanywhale. Entries close 31st August 2017.
Competition terms & conditions – Photo must be entrants own image and is taken in Albany, Western Australia. Annual pass is valid for unlimited entry from 1st September 2017 to 31st August 2018. Annual family pass provides entry for two adults and up to three children under 16 years. Prize winner names required. Annual pass is not transferrable or redeemable for cash or goods.
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