AN AUDIENCE of around 100 people enjoyed a musical program at Thornely Hall in Kerang which mixed choral performances by local and visiting choirs with instrumental pieces by talented musicians.
The Kerang Music Society Choir and Bendigo community choir Women of Note performed five songs each in a variety of genres then joined forces to sing two final numbers as a "massed women's choir".
Between choral sets, Lake Charm violinist Maria Sims and Cohuna Secondary College student Claudia McFarlane - the recipient of the Kerang Music Society's inaugural Louisa Arnoldt scholarship this year - wowed the crowd with 'Three Fantasy Pieces' by Schumann, and the Adagio movement from the Mozart Clarinet Concerto followed by 'Prologue' by Australian composer Don Banks, respectively.
The instrumentalists were accompanied by Kerang Music Society Choir musical director Terry Carter, while Ciaki Green from Swan Hill accompanied them, Peter Butler played with Women of Note and Laura Dusseljee directed the Bendigo singers.
Around 25 choir members from Kerang, in white shirts, joined 40 Bendigo singers in blue shawls for the two-song finale, a powerful rendition of 'Waltzing Matilda' followed by 'Love Me Sweet'.