South Burnett Times journalist Jessica McGrath.
South Burnett Times journalist Jessica McGrath. Molly Hancock

OPINION: A round of applause for the arts

HAVING access to quality schools and sporting clubs is important in regional towns... but access to high-quality arts groups and programs is also crucial.

The South Burnett Community Orchestra held their 'Heroes, Villains and Freddie Mercury' charity dinner last Saturday night and the Kingaroy Town Hall was packed with fans ready to listen to the film scores.

There was an appearance from a 'Ghostbuster' and an encore sing-along of Queen's We Are The Champions.

The orchestra was joined by soloists and a choir to create an incredible combined sound.

Fans were also impressed with the newly formed young orchestra's performance.

Guest speaker, Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington, said she was proud to represent a region which had such "high quality professionals”, and whose fundraiser supported the QCWA drought fund.

She said it was incredible to hear from musicians who were regular school students, doctors, teachers and more during the week.

As a musician and member of the orchestra, I couldn't agree more.

When I accepted a job in Kingaroy more than 18 months ago I didn't expect to see such high quality in the arts displayed in the region.

I would never have guessed I'd join a semi-professional orchestra, whose sound audience members have described as "second to none”.

As a 'creative person' I know the value in having an outlet like a choir, orchestra, visual arts or theatre group in the community.

They will only keep going if they are supported well by the community so I would encourage your family to consider attending the next concert, show or exhibition.

Photos from the charity dinner will feature in Friday's paper.