Fisher's Ghost Youth Orchestra ready for Expialidocious in Camden

READY: Claire Keats (dressed as Mary Poppins) and Audrey Saliba (Nala from Lion King) with members of the Fisher's Ghost Youth Orchestra as they rehearse for a musical-inspired concert. Picture: Joshua Bartlett
READY: Claire Keats (dressed as Mary Poppins) and Audrey Saliba (Nala from Lion King) with members of the Fisher's Ghost Youth Orchestra as they rehearse for a musical-inspired concert. Picture: Joshua Bartlett

Fans of musicals will be in for a treat in Camden next month.

The Fisher’s Ghost Youth Orchestra’s (FGYO) upcoming Expialidocious concert will pay tribute to all of your favourite musicals, from Mary Poppins through to The Lion King.

FGYO president Jennifer Beh said Expialidocious was designed to entertain people of all ages on September 8 at Camden Uniting Church.

“The concert will feature all sorts of music from famous musicals so it will get the audience toe-tapping along,” she said.

“It’s a family-friendly concert and everyone is invited to come along and have fun.”

Beh said FGYO consisted of musicians aged seven to 10 years and was divided into two groups – training and youth.

She said both groups were led by well-known conductor and FGYO alumni David Griffin.

“The two groups play together and the little ones can learn off the older members,” Beh said.

"David always keeps things interesting and has some ideas up his sleeve. He is not just about the music but likes to have fun and play games with the audience.”

The Expialidocious concert will also provide support for charity group Rural Aid which helps drought-stricken farmers.

However, it will be a unique fundraising effort – guests are invited to bring old or unwanted musical instruments to donate to Rural Aid.

“Some of our choir members live in [drought-affected] Wollondilly and we hear their stories of struggle when they come to rehearsal each week,” Beh said.

“When times get tough, the first things to be forgotten are the non-essentials like music lessons.

“We want people to bring along an instrument to donate and give the gift of music to someone else. Even a recorder is fine to donate.”

Conductor David Griffin said next month’s musical concert would also feature classical music by Haydn and Bach.

He said the Expialidocious title was playful and whimsical which suited the FGYO group.

“Our kids have a lot of fun at the orchestra while making friends and playing music,” Griffin said.

“We are always developing the technical side of our playing as well as developing essential ensemble skills and learning to play together.

“They’re a pretty smart and creative bunch which makes for a very fulfilling and educational experience.”

The FGYO’s Expialidocious concert will be held on Saturday, September 8 from 7pm at Camden Uniting Church.