AN ANNUAL concert honouring one of the region’s performing arts champions will boast a team of organisers and directors this year.
Pauline Schmidt, Luke Mitton, Jenny Grover and Simon Dandy will join Jan Morris to present the Richard Morris Memorial Concert in Horsham on Saturday night.
Mrs Morris has spearheaded the concert – a tribute to her late husband – since its inception in 2004.
The show celebrates Wimmera performers and will feature performances from artists of all ages, across various musical genres.
“Normally we have one person directing it, but we’ve taken a new direction this year and are doing something a bit different,” Mrs Morris said.
“I’ve been training up a team to manage all aspects of the concert, including the vocal side and the financial side of it.
“They are a fantastic group of people.”
The concert was performed in Horsham Town Hall for the first time last year, moving from its traditional home at Horsham’s Wesley Performing Arts Centre.
The concert will feature the presentation of the annual Richard Morris Scholarship.
The recipient will receive $1000 to help them develop their talents.
Mrs Morris said she was thrilled to be able to help people pursue their performing arts dreams through the scholarship.
She said it was wonderful to see many of the past winners involved with Horsham Arts Council in a variety of roles.
“It was very gratifying for me to see some of the winners in RENT,” she said.
“Brian Harrison has been involved in many productions, Maddi Ostapiw was the vocal director for RENT, and Joel Kimberly – who won the scholarship last year – was also in the show.
“Stacey Brennan was also in the show. She hasn’t won a scholarship, but she has been in every memorial concert since we started – which is amazing – and she has also directed it.
“I am so chuffed they are all still involved in performing arts in our city.”
The concert is in the Horsham Town Hall theatre from 8pm, and runs for two hours plus interval.
Tickets are $35 for adults, and $30 for concession or if purchased in groups of four or more.
Mrs Morris said people could call the town hall box office on 5382 9555 to book.