Tour of country NSW
Our Bach to the Bush Tour is a response to the devastating bushfires that ravaged NSW in 2019. It gives the recovering communities a chance to kick back with a double-bill musical celebration. J S Bach’s ‘Coffee Cantata’ features at all performances. At Bobin and Taree, audiences loved the excerpts from Peer Gynt performed after interval. At our upcoming performances in Forster/Tuncurry and Nabiac, the second half will be Mozart's Bastien and Bastienna.
The Bach to the Bush performances are fun and can be enjoyed regardless of musical tastes. They are designed for a cabaret setting, so the audience can ‘eat, drink and be merry’. They have been staged equally successfully in a tiny hall (Bobin School of Arts) and larger venues (Regional Art Gallery Taree). At Bobin the community came together beforehand for a meal. We were thrilled to be the catalyst for these fun, uplifting, celebrations. See the video below.
Members of our team come from regional areas and know how rural communities pull together in moments of crisis. We approached the ABC Rural team, who were enthusiastic and suggested communities they think would benefit from our event, such as Bobin, Balmoral, Willawarrin, Cobargo, Batlow, Malua Bay, Capertee and Blackhead.
The rural tour has been made possible through the generosity of our wonderful donors and by funding from Creative Partnerships through the Australian Cultural Fund. It helps us keep ticket prices to a minimum, while still being able paying our hard-hit, talented performers.
Local performers are invited to rehearse
Local performers and/or school children are invited to join our performances at each location. We will offer coaching and tutoring online, and can work with local performers to encourage and motivate them while they’re still in isolation.
Local schools can get involved
Our design team has developed an education package that includes a kit for teachers and support sessions online for children to create their own mythical creature costumes from recycled materials. Instructions for a simple rhythm game will be demonstrated to teachers and via online sessions to students. This will be performed with Grieg’s ‘Hall of the Mountain King’ at the performance with the children in their costumes. Here’s an example of this musical engagement.
Taking tourist dollars to the bush
Another way to assist these communities is for our supporters to attend our country performances once the tour schedule is finalised. It’s a chance to explore the scenic regional areas and help boost the economies of the small communities and surrounding towns. When tour dates and times are finalised, we'll be posting them on social media and they will be advertised in Destination NSW. If you want to get the tour schedule in your inbox contact us.
We also invite volunteers to act as ‘roadies’ which would be an enjoyable way to be part of our touring troupe and see some great parts of regional NSW.
ways to join our community
Become a mentor or mentee. We particularly welcome skilled, creative, arts practitioners, perhaps retired Super Citizens, who are willing to act as mentors. We also welcome mentees who wish to benefit from the skills and experience of others.
Suggest someone for our Social Inclusion Program. It provides creative opportunities for people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalised through disability or disadvantage.
Get a paid gig. Our productions provide work opportunities for professional musicians, singers, and actors.