Lets go to the movies

The Bendigo and District Concert Band perform at their annual gala concert.

The Bendigo and District Concert Band perform at their annual gala concert.

Tunes from some of the most popular films of all time featured at the annual Bendigo and District Concert Band gala event on Saturday night.

Singing in the Rain, Somewhere Over the Rainbow and the ever-popular Grease medley were among the favourites as the band entertained music and movie lovers at the Victory Christian College auditorium.

Conductor Joshua Geddes said the event had been at least six-months in the making, including lots of logistical planning and slaving away in the rehearsal room.

He described the evening, which featured solos from local vocalist Jessie Austin and English violinist Helen Bawer as "sensational". 

"The band played really well and we had some amazing soloists," he said.

"When Helen played Schindler's List I don't think there was a dry eye in the house. 

"And Jessie singing Let it go, from Frozen, and Skyfall (from the latest James Bond film) was just lovely. And she had the glittering dress to go with it."

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