The best of Bridgetown’s classical music talent will join performers from across the state for the Rotary Club of Bridgetown’s Up Close and Classical concert on Saturday10th October at the Bridgetown Theatre.

Up Close and Classical has been developing and showcasing the talents of local music teachers and their talented students since 2006, attracting a full house each year.

In 2012 visiting artists from Perth joined the concert to inspire and mentor Bridgetown’s budding young musicians.

Since then solo performers from The WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) have also joined the concert each year.

Operatic sopranos, classical pianists, trumpet players and guitarists have inspired audiences and fellow performers alike.

Albertina Antartis

Among the performers to grace the stage this year are operatic soprano Albertina Antartis singing well known arias to entertain us.

Albertina Antartis was born in Perth and studied at Perth Modern School as part of its academic selective program and was awarded a five-year voice scholarship.

At 17 she was accepted by the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts where she studied under Patricia Price and Linda Barcan, completing a Bachelor of Music majoring in Classical Performance and a Graduate Diploma of Music in Opera Studies.

While at WAAPA, Albertina sung in multiple choral and operatic performances. Last year she was soprano soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass, with Richard Gill conducting.

She played Emmie in Benjamin Britten’s opera Albert Herring, and Violetta from La traviata in Guy Noble’s work, Opera!

Albertina sang in Singapore, London, Manchester and Paris last year, where she was accepted for a Master’s program.

However, after much thought she decided to delay those international plans and pursue her career in Australia for the time being.

In April she sang at the 26th Annual Liederfest in Melbourne and in June sang in the second heat of the Joan Sutherland Bel Canto Awards in Sydney.

She is currently finishing a Bachelor of Arts at UWA and plans to move to Sydney early next year to undergo further professional training.

She’s thrilled to be singing at this year’s Up Close and Classical concert, singing Massenet, Mozart, Handel, Verdi, Strauss and Brahms, with a few surprises thrown in as well.

Her parents moved to Manjimup five years ago, and Albertina Spends her spare time enjoying their property, singing to the neighbour’s cows and taking hikes, among other outdoor activities.

She’s also a local volunteer firefighter and hopes to raise funds to support the local Manjimup bushfire brigades.

Local talent

Albertina will be joined by a host of local talent including:

  • Claire Robinson, a young vocalist from Donnybrook
  • Acapella quartet, The Four Tunes
  • Sally Boud (viola), Geoff Bourgault De Coudray (clarinet) and their son Louis (piano)
  • Bec Bradley and Jo Savage singing Acapella world music vocal duets
  • Mary Myfanwy Evans singing traditional folk songs
  • Mayana Mahoney and Sally Boud performing a viola and piano duet
  • David Bardsley and Jadon Dale playing piano solos and the Dale family ensemble playing compositions from Vivaldi, Purcell and Rheinberger. This is the Dale family’s first performance in our concert and we’re really privileged to have them.

Unfortunately, due to COVID19 the Jubilee Singers won’t have anything ready for this year. We’ll miss them.

Over the years the Rotary Club has donated profits from the concert to worthy local causes including St John’s, Henri Nouwen House, Geegelup Village, Youth Focus, Fire Brigade Support groups and Youth Mental Health programs.

Up Close and Classical will be held on Saturday10th October at the Bridgetown Theatre. Be there at 7pm for pre-show drinks and nibbles for a 7.30pm start.

Tickets are available from The Bridgetown CRC for $20 and $15 concession.

Due to Covid 19 restrictions tickets will be strictly limited to 85, so get in early to ensure your seat.

MC will again be the inimitable Alan Wilson.