Content in the December 2018 Newsletter & PDF
Robertson Concert
28 October 2018

In spring, we performed in the Southern Highlands village of Robertson, famous for its fogs, potatoes and cheese. The last time the SBO performed here was in 2007, eleven years ago. We arrived at the School of Arts Hall, a charming building that was improved in the thirties, but dates back to the late nineteenth century.
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Saint Sergius of Radonezh
21 October 2018

Every year the Sydney Balalaika Orchestra plays at the retirement home in Cabramatta named after the famous Russian Orthodox Saint Sergius of Radonezh, and this year was no different. The orchestra plays free for the residents who are amongst our most appreciative of audiences.

‘For many years at St Sergius, I have introduced the orchestra using the Russian language,’ says musical director Victor Serghie. ‘But more and more I now find I am using English,’ he said.

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SBO Chamber Group

The SBO’s players often form small groups where there is a need for fewer musicians or ‘pop up’ mood music.

On Sunday, 4 November, a group of six SBO musicians played a few numbers at the Pioneer Theatre in Castle Hill. SBO members donated their time to the event, as the Hills Harmony Choir had arranged it as a fundraiser for Lifeline. ‘We were feeling a bit thin on the ground with only a fifth of the usual orchestra on stage, so we invited the Harmony Choir to join us for our last number,’

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Upcoming Events

26 May 2019 - Galston Uniting Church

9 June 2019 - Club Marconi, Bossley Park

28 July 2019 - The Russian Club, Strathfield

21 September 2019 - St Sergius Aged Care, Cabramatta

13 October 2019 - Sacred Spaces, Singleton

Can you help?

The SBO is always seeking to perform at new venues and maybe you know somewhere that we can visit and introduce a new audience to our beautiful Russian folk music. We also need additional musicians so if you come up with any ideas please contact our Musical Director, Victor Serghie on 0409 058 895 or our Secretary Oliver Rathje on 0417 603 356.