These are professional groups that are under the St. George Players umbrella, and are available for hire. For further information please contact us.
Moving Picture Show
Silent films accompanied by original music from the era provided by The Moving Picture Show Orchestra. All music obtained from The Sydney State Theatre silent film collection of scores and parts and played by a full 8 to 10 piece orchestra. Come and experience the full 20’s theatrical film experience with an M.C., sing-a-long, historic slide show and, sound effects.
The Moving Picture show combines the grand old films of past with original and vibrant music to create a unique and memorable experience in sight and sound. Bookings and availability can be sought via the contact page or go directly to the website: themovingpictureshow.com.au
Southern Hemisphere Big Band
St. George Players has taken under its wings the recently revamped Southern Hemisphere Big Band which is a 15-piece professional jazz orchestra featuring some of Sydney’s top instrumentalists. Included in its repertoire is the work of jazz giants as well as specially arranged and composed material by band members.
Just over a quarter of a century ago, Ian Mackie, brought together an assortment of musicians to form a large ensemble for a Christmas party at the ABC, where he still works. From this informal gathering, the “Southern Hemisphere Big Band” was formed and an18 piece line up held weekly rehearsals in the ABC’s Gore Hill canteen. The band flourished during the 1980s under a new leader, Peter Hall, performing at the Opera House and Taronga Zoo.
Regrettably the band temporarily closed in 2000 with the absence of Peter Hall who was sadly incapacitated with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s Australia has subsequently taken the band on as their official band and it players under the logo of the Alzheimer’s Australia, and part of the money for every performance goes to the Association.
Contact the St. George Players Association, if you would like further details about The Southern Hemisphere Big Band, including its availability and cost.
3 Alone is not so much a name as a description of this a cappella group. It consists of three operatically trained women who sing without the aid of any form of accompaniment. This allows the audience to appreciate the pure sound, range, dynamics and flexibility of the human voice. All three are professional musicians and teachers who just like to sing and love the challenge of singing clever and fun music together. Although their repertoire includes everything from simple ballads to musical calisthenics, it is always exciting, joyful and highly entertaining,
Their repertoire is extremely varied both in style, content and subject matter and includes a wide range of songs from around the world. They are currently reviving the very beautiful and poignant 19th Century Burleigh arrangements of the old American Negro Spirituals. By way of contract, they also love to sing old and new children’s song, singing games and lullabies. They have even found a range of three voiced madrigals from the ancient “Silver Swan” through to a very modern madrigal based on the nursery rhyme “Three Blind Mice”.
The musicianship of 3 Alone has recently been recognized by the prestigious MacDonald’s Performing Arts Challenge where they were competing against Sydney’s professional opera singers and were awarded a prize in the Operatic Open Vocal, Duo, Trio or Quartet Section. Their more recent concerts have included performing at the Mercure Resort in Leura as part of the Blue Mountains Spring Festival and at various corporate functions for the St. George Bank and the St. George Hospital
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