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15 October, 2021

An afternoon of music at Nobby

Two musical groups will perform at a free concert at Nobby School of Arts Hall on Sunday 24 October at 2.30pm.

The Amity Quartet, from left: Cassie Midgley, Leanne Midgley, Vanessa Burge and Don Burge.

Mother and daughter duo Leanne and Cassie Midgley, and husband and wife team Don and Vanessa Burge are joining forces again as the Amity Quartet to put on a free concert for the local community. 

Leanne Midgley said some people may remember the concert they did in 2019 to spread some cheer after a tough season of bushfires and drought.

“We’ve had different challenges over the last 18 months or so and we thought it was about time for another afternoon of music,” Mrs Midgley said.

The quartet sings in and around the local area for events such as Australia Day and Anzac Day and, most recently, at Glengallan House, but to date have been nameless.

“We kept getting asked about our group name so we finally put our heads together and came up with one,” she said.

“We wanted something that reflects what we like to do which is to share music with the community so we settled on Amity Quartet, as ‘amity’ means friendship or peaceful harmony.”

Cassie and Leanne are also members of the newly-formed Toowoombells Handbell Choir and will be performing at the concert with their associated small ensemble Bell’Amore.

“Handbells are rather unique in the area and not many people have the chance to see them performed live.”

“We’re really excited to bring our handbell trio to the
concert to ring some well-known favourites such as This is my Song (Finlandia) and Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee,” she said.

Amity Quartet will cover musical theatre, popular and Australian folk songs, many of which people will recognise.

Hosted by Nobby Uniting Church, the concert will be held at 2.30pm on Sunday 24 October at the Nobby School of the Arts Hall and will be followed by light refreshments. 

Entry is free, although you can make a donation to support Frontier Services bush chaplaincy.

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