Opera Australia’s Clifford Plumpton, Baritone Performance (Meadowbank Vineyard)
The Cocktail Reception held on 31 March 2011 was a tremendous success with guests enjoying Meadowbank’s fine food and wine, and the ambience of the Barrel Room. The large open fireplace was a welcome feature, as guests arrived shaking off the Autumn chill, and the star of the evening, Opera Australia’s Clifford Plumpton, certainly warmed up the audience with his wit and incredible talent. He performed together with accompanist Ian Williams; who is not only a talented pianist but also the Artistic Director of Exit Left Productions.
Tasmania Police Charity Trust board member Senator Stephen Parry was MC for the evening. In thanking guests for their attendance he noted that it is only through holding such innovative events, that the Charity Trust can continue projects to assist disadvantaged people within the Tasmanian community. Acting Deputy Commissioner Scott Tilyard went on to provide interesting anecdotes regarding the work of the Charity Trust and emphasised the role of the Annual Charity Trust Bike Ride (the Menzies Research Institute being this year’s beneficiary).
Both Ian Williams and Clifford Plumpton were then formally introduced and thanked for their kindness and willingness to perform free of charge, especially considering they were both so much in demand. Clifford having only just completed a performance in the ‘Barber of Seville’ at the Sydney Opera House the night before and Ian in the midst of rehearsals for ‘The Sound of Music’. It was also emphasised that there are few pianists in Hobart who have the versatility and talent to perform this type of program, and Ian’s acceptance to accompany Clifford, was most appreciated.
With Ian ready and waiting at Meadowbank’s baby grand piano, Clifford made a theatrical entrance by commencing his performance from the top of the staircase, commanding everyone’s attention with the ‘Toreador’s Aria’ from ‘Carmen’. Popular favourites from Broadway were then performed, including ‘The Music of the Night’ from ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘When a felon’s not engaged in his employment’ from ‘The Pirates of Penzance’. The program also featured popular opera. Clifford’s performance of ‘Ave Maria’ was captivating, as was the poignant ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ from ‘Carousel’. The fabulous performances were greeted with much applause.
During the evening, a photographer from Tasmania Life Magazine, Jimmy Emms, took various photos of guests and also of Clifford’s family and friends who were in the audience. Board members wish to express our appreciation to Jimmy for attending on the evening, and for kindly granting permission for us to display his photographs.
Tasmania Life Magazine kindly extended a one year subscription as a door prize. Appreciation is also extended to The Hobart Aquatic Centre who provided a 3 month Aquatic Pass. One of the ever popular Constable T Bears also featured as a door prize.
The evening was a resounding success. Funds raised through ticket sales will now go towards a future Charity Trust project. All guests who took the time to attend the Cocktail Reception are warmly thanked for their attendance. Their support of the Tasmania Police Charity Trust is most appreciated.
(31 March 2011)