Free family-friendly concert at Splendid Park

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Perth Festival is bringing the party to Yanchep’s Splendid Park on February 26 for Symphony under the Stars, a free, family-friendly concert featuring the Perth Symphony Orchestra.

SYMPHONY under the Stars, a free, family-friendly concert featuring the Perth Symphony Orchestra is being brought to Yanchep’s Splendid Park on February 26 by Perth Festival.

Renowned for performing an eclectic range of music, Perth Symphony Orchestra is sure to be a hit for both young and old, with a line-up of singalong tracks from family favourite films Shrek, the Jungle Book and The Greatest Showman, as well as chart-toppers from Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams.

Attendees will also be able to enjoy a range of pre-show entertainment and attractions, including performances from singer Atida Gohwa and an opportunity to have their photo taken with a koala at the Yanchep National Park display.

Miss Gohwa of Jindalee will be singing three songs at Symphony Under the Stars – Almost There from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson and This is me from The Greatest Showman, which she’ll be performing as a duet with Perth Symphony Orchestra vocalist Mia Matthiessen.

“I’m really looking forward to it,’’ she said.

“I think we’re going to be great.

“Preparing for this event has helped me learn a lot about myself as a performer.

“I always want to be my absolute best, make the most of every opportunity and be proactive.

“I used to stick to soul and rhythm and blues, but I want to grow and broaden my repertoire, so now I’m moving into other genres, like pop and jazz.’’

She performed at the City of Wanneroo’s Australia Day citizenship event last month and in 2018 performed at the Perth Concert Hall as part of the ASC (Anglican Schools Commission) Combined Concert and at Telethon.

“I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember.

“I couldn’t pinpoint exactly when I started, it’s just something I’ve always done.

“I’m not necessarily pursuing singing or performing professionally, but I definitely want to keep taking opportunities as they come.

“I don’t tend to get nervous until about two minutes before I step on stage, but as soon as I get out there, it goes away.’’

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the concert would be the perfect opportunity for families to bring a picnic, sit back and enjoy an evening under the stars.

“Less than five minutes away from the iconic Yanchep Lagoon, Yanchep’s Splendid Park is the perfect location to embrace the theme of this year’s Perth Festival, which is ocean, or ‘wardan’,” she said.

Renowned for performing an eclectic range of music, Perth Symphony Orchestra is sure to be a hit with both young and old.

“With delicious food truck treats available and games to entertain children, Symphony under the Stars promises to be a wonderful evening out for the whole family.”

Perth Festival Artistic Director Iain Grandage said he was excited to be partnering with the City of Wanneroo to bring Perth Festival to the City for the first time.

“The ocean is many things to many people – somewhere to have fun with friends, somewhere to cleanse yourself, somewhere to gaze into the setting sun and ponder the beauty of our environment,” he said.

“It is a joy to bring the Festival into the City of Wanneroo, to celebrate the ocean in a place where people have such a connection to its beauty and the rewarding lifestyle it offers.”

Yanchep Two Rocks Tourism Network (YTRTN) members will also be at Splendid Park.

YTRTN chairwoman Natalie Sangalli said the not-for-profit group had a joint vision of supporting and promoting all things local.

“The Yanchep and Two Rocks area already possesses some wonderful and extraordinary natural landscapes, and promoting these and the businesses that reside in the local area underpins our desire to create a welcoming, unique and enjoyable visit, that tourists will want to return to again and again,’’ she said.

“We are excited to relaunch our campaign “Yanchep and Two Rocks Anytime” with our new-look tourism brochure, brand new website launching soon and a new-look updated Facebook page.

“Keep an eye on your letterbox over the coming months for our local community advertorial booklet which will further enhance the promotion and support of all things local.’’

Two Rocks Yanchep Culture & Arts Network (TRYCAN) members will be there to promote their community art group and gallery at the refurbished historical Mary Lindsay Homestead.

They are keen to tell people about their events and exhibitions.

Yanchep News Online will also have a table at the event.

If you belong to a community group or a sporting club and want to take advantage of the website’s free local directory for charities and not-for-profits pay us a visit.

The event runs from 5pm to 9.30pm and will be delivered in line with current state government Covid-19 health and safety requirements.