The South Burnett Community Orchestra play songs from the war era at the Armistice Day concert in Kingaroy on November 10.
The South Burnett Community Orchestra play songs from the war era at the Armistice Day concert in Kingaroy on November 10. Jessica McGrath

Sweet notes of remembrance for centenary concert

HOW sweet the sounds were of the South Burnett Armistice Day concert's rendition of war-time songs.

South Burnett Community Orchestra president Jane Kennedy said it was a beautiful moment when the choir were joined by cellist Aiden Raabe for Amazing Grace, who had been in the orchestra since Year 6.

"For all of us to sit back and watch him it was like watching that little brother, and the choir did such a wonderful job," she said.

More than 260 people came to listen to the music of the war era, such as St Louis Blues and Singing in the Rain, at the concert marking the Armistice centenary in the Kingaroy Town Hall on November 10.

"I think they were pleasantly surprised by the local talent, the orchestra are really a giant family and are becoming a semi-professional organisation," Miss Kennedy said.

Around 90 musicians joined forces for the event, including past and present South Burnett Community Orchestra members, the South Burnett choir, the Chinchilla concert band and strings group.

"We wanted to create a commemoration, and we also wanted a platform to bring all musicians together," she said.

"We had a roll call of local servicemen and women and gave them an opportunity to be recognised."


The concert aimed to acknowledge the significant role music played during World War I, and serve the memory of those who had fought in the wars.

Miss Kennedy said they played Band of Brothers, and when they finished a man from the audience slapped his knee and yelled out 'yes it was.'

"The whole orchestra was like, wow we have created that emotion in that person," she said.

"We are trying to create a story, we are entertainers, and if people can leave the night with a memory or emotion that's really job done."

The concert would not have been such a success without the hard work of orchestra conductor Jo Kennedy.

"She contributes hundreds of hours, we're so lucky and proud to have her as our leader," Miss Kennedy said.

Profits from the concert and dinner tickets as well as funds raised from raffle tickets and poppy sales on the night all went towards the RSL's Legacy charity.

"I'm actually really relieved and proud we can achieve that goal, by giving a significant donation, they deserve it," she said.