Music concert gives to charity

A MUSIC concert has raised more than $300 for a Horsham youth education program.

The second Wimmera Musical Variety Concert, in Wesley Performing Arts Centre on Sunday, raised $315 for ConnectEd.

The program, facilitated by Horsham College, aims to help disengaged young people re-enter mainstream education.

The variety concert replaced the Wimmera Eisteddfod this year and organisers hope to host two concerts a year.

Natimuk music teacher Meg Sleeman and Horsham music teachers Linda McCall and Stephanie Adler Latimer organised Sunday's concert.

Ms Sleeman said the event gave music teachers and students a chance to share their talents in a friendly atmosphere.

About 17 music teachers and almost 50 performers were involved with the concert.

Ms Sleeman estimated 230 people filled the audience.

"People from across the Wimmera participated," she said.

"We had piano, violin, acoustic guitar and alto sax players, as well as vocalists.

"So we had a great mix of vocal and instrumental items, from contemporary and classical to improvised music."

Performers ranged from young children to older people, who were from beginner level to advanced.

Ms Sleeman said a highlight was the warm and supportive atmosphere for students.

"And the quality and variety in the performances was great," she said.

"It was wonderful that everyone stayed for a yarn and afternoon tea after the concert.

"The hall was buzzing, it was just lovely."

Organisers chose to donate profits to ConnectEd because of its focus on youth and learning.

"Our young people are our future, so we felt this was a great organisation to give a hand to," Ms Sleeman said.

The money will go towards a ConnectEd literacy and numeracy learning program.

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