Join us for a celebration of Roland's 25 years with The Song Company on 18th November, 7.00pm, Independent Theatre North Sydney. The program will feature a selection of Flemish polyphony, music from Armenia, Belgium and Australia.
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Hi everyone. After twenty five years as director to this group, programming hundreds of concerts, twenty five CDs and heaven only knows how many little gigs, I now face the delicate but daunting task of putting my own farewell together. Please do not expect a sad swansong (since I am not dying!). Neither should you expect an evening of nostalgia (since I am notoriously unattached and rather averse to sentimentality). Above all, do not expect too many speeches. Instead I am simply preparing you a musical degustation with some famous Flemish entrees and a surprise as main course. I will play a little palate cleanser on the piano and before you know it, a platter of sweet nothings will send you home – or to the pub! As usual all this will be served up by the six amazing singers of The Song Company, the ensemble that became my life for the past 25 years!
It was music that, on a summer's night in 1990, drew me into the heart of the Song Company, and it is with music that I's like to express my profound thanks for that exhilarating quarter century. Thank you all for the joy, the genuine warmth and generosity that this little company has engendered – and for the musical legacy that The Song Company has been able to create. I am leaving a very happy man indeed and I look forward to seeing you there at the Independent Theatre for a final tipple.