Band plays in the shadows this Saturday

AS the winter chill takes hold in the valley and highlands, the Derwent Valley Concert Band’s thoughts have turned to a special night of spine-chilling music at an historic New Norfolk venue. “Glen Derwent is the venue and Saturday, June 24, is date for the In the Shadows concert,” DVCB chief conductor Lyall McDermott said.

“What sinister beings might be found lurking there? One can certainly expect food and coffee vans, and mulled wine will be a wonderfully warming bonus, but beware the brooding and menacing Count Dracula, the uncanny Frankenstein and his bride, and don’t overlook that young Wizard of Fire, Widowgast,” Mr McDermott said.

“Eerie and unearthly are the sounds of The Haunted Carousel, due in no small part to the use of a digital theremin, that amazing instrument much-loved of early Hollywood horror movie composers and more recently by the composer of the Midsomer Murders theme,” he said. The program will also include themes from the 1935 movie Bride of Frankenstein; Widowgast (hands on fire) by composer Nic Courto; and Suite from the film Dracula (the 1992 movie Bram Stoker’s Dracula).

“Is there no place of safety? What about in the stables? No, because waiting there are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse,” he said. “There is no escape – well not until about 9.15pm-ish anyway. Right after the last stabbing chords of Prelude to Psycho die away.”

Food and drink will be available from 5.30pm and the music starts at 7pm. “Dress warmly, but dress-up,” Mr McDermott said. “There can never be too many Dracs, Franks or Brides. You could even come as a horse and still be on theme,” he said.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 child/concession or $30 family, and are available from Eventbrite. The band will also perform during the Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival’s “Fringe” events at New Norfolk on October 14.

Picture: The Derwent Valley Concert Band rehearsing in spooky conditions in the New Norfolk War Memorial Hall.

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