Witches deliver spellbinding Valentine’s Concert

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19 February 2018

The 2018 City of Joondalup Valentine’s Concert, Witches, provided a magical experience for a capacity crowd of 8,000 people under the stars at the Joondalup Resort.

Leading ladies of Australian musical theatre Lucy Durack, Amanda Harrison, Helen Dallimore and Jemma Rix joined Simon Gleeson and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) to deliver a fantastic night of entertainment.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the concert, offering classic hits from stage and screen, was an opportunity for local residents to experience first-class entertainment from internationally recognised performers.

“I have been to several Valentine’s concerts over a long period of time and tonight’s show was right up there with the best,” he said.

The show climaxed with an amazing a Capella performance of Somewhere over the Rainbow and the four stars said they loved the unique experience of performing in front of such a vast crowd at a picture-perfect location.

“We all had the best time and it was so wonderful to be here at an outdoor venue on such a magical night and with such amazing weather,” Harrison said.

Hometown girl Durack said the performance was particularly memorable given she had 14 family members in the audience.

She loved every minute of the show.

“I’ve performed outdoor concerts over east and you don’t really see the stars. Here, you see the stars. It was such a magical experience,” she said.

Dallimore said Witches was a concert particularly suited to an outdoor venue.

“There’s a lot of references to the vast dark sky and midnight and so on, so it was kind of fun for us to look up and be able to see the sky,” she said.

Rix said it was a rare opportunity to perform outside, given all four are more accustomed to indoor theatre venues.

“It was very beautiful seeing the sea of people,” she said.

The four women, who have all worked together previously, said their close bond made performing together a lot of fun with many laughs had during rehearsals

They were all lavish in their praise for male protagonist Simon Gleeson and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, under the guidance of conductor Kellie Dickerson.

“It was like magic, actual magic,” Durack said of WASO’s performance. “They only had one rehearsal.”

“Having Kellie there was a massive coup for us, a massive safety blanket because we all know her so well.”

Mayor Jacob said Witches delivered another memorable evening at the Joondalup Resort for local residents and ratepayers.

“Our City is blessed to be home to this high quality, family-friendly cultural event which clearly resonates with our local community who continue to support and enjoy this popular annual occasion,” he said.

The 2018 Valentine’s Concert was made possible by premier partners Edith Cowan University Joondalup and Joondalup Health Campus and official media partner Joondalup Weekender.