On 1st November, the Sydney Balalaika Orchestra held a concert at the old historic Campbelltown Town Hall Theatre. This charming Theatre is one of the more significant heritage buildings in the area & in a State which has lost most of its historic theatres, it was a joy for the SBO to play in it. Our sincere thanks go to the Theatre staff who ensured we had an enjoyable experience.
Campbelltown was “virgin” territory for us. The SBO had never performed before in this rapidly developing area of Sydney. And it was all part of the SBO's strategy to introduce Russian Folk music to a broader audience.
So it was particularly pleasing to have such a large audience, considering there was a rival jazz festival also held in the area for competition. The theatre holds just under 200 & we had a good turn out. And what did the audience think of the performance ? They seemed to enjoy it because we exhausted all our encores!
But back to the Theatre: In 1881 this building was the Town Hall and Council Chambers for the small village of Campbelltown, population 688. There are many interesting stories about it, one of which is most intriguing. The original owner of the land where Theatre is built was one George Worrall who suddenly came into a huge amount of disposable wealth.
Much of it was said to belong to his friend Fred Fisher but when Fred suddenly disappeared, Worrall claimed Fred had “returned to England”. Others were not so sure! When an apparition of Fred was eventually seen in the hall, the locals were alerted to his possible murder & the finger was pointed at George Worrall. Eventually in 1827 George Worrall was tried and hanged for Fisher's Murder. It is said that Fred's ghost can still be seen wandering around the Theatre, probably in search of his 19th century murderer.
Fortunately no ghosts were seen during our concert !
The success of the SBO is due to the dedication of all the orchestra members; players, our musical director Victor Serghie and committee members as well as the many loyal family friends who volunteer their time. But an orchestra needs an audience and it is to you, our many faithful followers that we extend our sincere gratitude. To each and every one of you the members of the SBO wish you a safe and Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you again in 2016.
Rehearsals take place every week, on Tuesday night at Homebush Boys High School. We are always on the lookout for new talent. Please call Victor Serghie on 9617 0531 for more information.
OUR NEXT CONCERT - 2016 … SUTHERLAND MUSIC CLUB
TUESDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2016 - 7:30 start.
Venue: Sutherland School of Arts. East Parade, Sutherland NSW
Enquiries: Lynne or Hanns Buchman 02 9521 7170