It’s Day 1 of our 10-day tour of Queensland and the moment we step off our plane in Bundaberg we’re hit by the heat and humidity so we waste no time heading for the Burnett Riverside Hotel and some welcome air-conditioning.
Later in the afternoon we take the short walk to the seating rehearsal at the Christ Church Anglican Church, a lovely old sandstone church with beautiful stained-glass windows. For the concert, we have two parents at the door and two fantastic students working as ushers – they are very sweet and professional and really go out of their way to help some of our older audience members to their seats and make sure everyone’s comfortable.
The church pews are filled with several hundred people, including the Federal Member for Hinkler, Paul Neville. Word must have spread in the days before the concert because our volunteers are swamped by ticket buyers. But they cope admirably with the rush and the performance of Beethoven, Janácek and Mozart is warmly received.
The church has arranged a light supper after the concert, featuring the best of country cooking. We have a lovely time mingling with the locals and having just one more slice of cake before heading to the Old Bundaberg Hotel for dinner. We can recommend the Greek salad and the chicken burger!
There’s a long day of string workshops tomorrow so it’s an early night for everyone.