HEART calls for locals to add to musical melting pot

Mama Kin (centre) onstage at Margaret River HEART. Photo: Margaret River HEART
Mama Kin (centre) onstage at Margaret River HEART. Photo: Margaret River HEART

The team at Margaret River HEART have successfully presented five Homegrown@HEART performances in 2021, where more than 50 local musicians have been paid to perform alongside professional touring artists on the venue's main stage.

I just love everything the HEART is doing to create a great community vibe.

Rochelle D'elia

Funded by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries' (DGLSCI) Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program (RACIP) 'In the House' grant, the initiative developed as a response to support the creative industries during COVID-19 and keep West Australian artists on stage despite pandemic related border closures.

HEART General Manager Nicky Hansen said the 'homegrown' music program received glowing feedback from both patrons and performers, with artists expressing their appreciation for the opportunity to perform, develop skills and connect with the community.

Little Row of Housez featured in the Homegrown@HEART World Music lineup in March.

Little Row of Housez featured in the Homegrown@HEART World Music lineup in March.

"Last month, our free musical workshops were a sell-out, with 30 attendees signing up for the collaborative masterclass with world-class ensemble Australian Baroque," Hansen said.

"We also ran an extraordinary session where parents were able to access a free recital with their babes in arms, exposing their newborns to classical music."

Homegrown performer Rochelle D'elia said she was thrilled to sing on stage with The Chorale Sea Choir and Aria nominated and WAM Award winning artist Mama Kin in July for the program's first folk concert, and as part of this year's Cabin Fever Festival.

"I just love everything the HEART is doing to create a great community vibe," Rochelle said.

With five successful performances and 12 free community workshops, the third and final Homegrown instalment for 2021 will feature a line-up of local classical musicians on November 19.

Tickets are on sale now.

Andrea Francis-Manners, Lena Swan, Gen Bosman, Annie Horner, Maya Ixchell , Ian Smith, Sara Walker, Vincent Lambin (kneeling), Ross Goulden (seated).

Andrea Francis-Manners, Lena Swan, Gen Bosman, Annie Horner, Maya Ixchell , Ian Smith, Sara Walker, Vincent Lambin (kneeling), Ross Goulden (seated).

Local musicians interested in performing at the 2022 Homegrown@HEART Music Program are invited to complete the following survey to be considered for a spot.

Applicants can be either emerging or established in their craft and all applications are welcomed.

To purchase tickets or for more information please visit margaretriverheart.com.au, email contact@margaretriverheart.com.au or call the Box Office on 08 9780 5294, Monday to Friday anytime between 10am and 4pm.