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Queensland’s vibrant chamber orchestra, the Camerata of St John’s, is set to tour to some of the most severely drought affected areas of Queensland as part of the Strings At Sunset public performance series. Camerata will play selected works by Mozart, Piazzolla, Davidson, and an uplifting gypsy inspired work written especially by Michael Patterson for Camerata entitled Breaza a la Camerata, at the worst affected towns of Chinchilla, Mitchell, Blackall, Barcaldine, Ilfracombe, and Longreach.

Moved by the severe drought in Western Queensland and the crippling emotional and financial hardship that comes with a natural disaster of this magnitude, Camerata approached Drought Angels, a not-for-profit organisation in Chinchilla who aim to support communities in crisis, in order to raise money to assist in these areas.

While on tour Camerata will engage Queensland audiences through a series of eleven public performances, aged care facility performances, and in-school workshops over six days.  Prior to the Western Queensland tour, Camerata will attend the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville and tour to Ingham to present a public performance at TYTO Wetlands. All proceeds from these shows will go to support local families and communities.

With the assistance of tour partner, Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, Camerata has commissioned a new work by emerging Melbourne-based composer Christopher Healey. Healey met with residents of Longreach to discuss how music had been a part of their lives in a regional location, and taken to see the effects of the drought first-hand. The new work, entitled Renewing Rain, will debut in Chinchilla and will be performed in each community.

Camerata will be performing Strings at Sunset at Blackall Cultural Centre Thursday 6 August from 7pm and at the Longreach Qantas Founders Museum 7 August from 7pm. More information on this can be found here.