Alumni lecture series plays on

Bendigo is currently between major music festivals, and in the meantime, La Trobe alumni are keeping the beat with the latest Downtown lecture.

“We have three or four Downtown lectures a year,” says Bendigo Alumni Chapter chair Katherine Hancy.

“Each time we have a different focus and this time it’s on music.

“The Blues and Roots Festival is coming up in the next few months, and we thought this would be a good lead up to that. Plus, we’ve just had the Exploratory Music Festival in town.”

This week Blues and Roots festival director Colin Thomspon will join local orchestra conductor Andrew Trewartha for a discussion on community music – now and then.

“The music culture is definitely growing in Bendigo,” Katherine says.

“And then Andrew is looking at the history side of things and he’s found a lot of interesting information.”

The guest presenters will provide their views on how music has helped shape Bendigo over the past 160 years.

Andrew will touch on historical figures who had a significant impact on Bendigo’s musical culture.

Colin will discuss the importance of pub culture and social media to the music scene.

The lecture is on Wednesday, September 16 from 6pm to 8pm at the La Trobe Visual Arts Centre in View Street.

Katherine says it’s a free community event, however the chapter will also be accepting donations towards its scholarship program.

For more information contact Katherine on or 0408 180 785.

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