New section for people with disability

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New in 2017 The Royal South Street Society will introduce its first ever dedicated section for people with disability called The Arts for All. It will feature dance, speech & drama, vocal and instrumental and will conclude the Eisteddfod on November 7th. The event will be staged at the RACV Goldfields Resort at Creswick with competitors vying for prize money and medals whilst receiving constructive feedback from adjudicator Thomas Banks. Thomas is a performer himself who also manages the Centre for Access, a consultancy running workshops for businesses who need assistance in dealing with people with disability. The City of Ballarat, Ballarat Specialist School and 5 local disability service providers have joined a working group along with RSSS staff to help create the section.

Life Membership Awarded

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Last week our annual general meeting took place.The event saw the release our our 2016 financial report accompanied by some supporting speakers. We were very excited to welcome along 2016 Mi Sound Competitor Anna Oliphant Wright as our guest performer for the evening, her original music and slide guitar performances were enjoyed by all. The pinnacle of the evening saw Lloyd Harvey honoured with a life membership, after 36 years as a Royal South Street Society Volunteer.

South Street Success Story

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Former South Street Competitor Jack Stacey has been awarded the prestigious Margaret Schofield scholarship for compostion.

“The Royal South Street Society gave a memorable contribution to my music career in 2012. It gave me an exposure to performing in different conditions and settings, and it has helped me receive critiques open-mindedly¬†to improve on my performances. Having the honour of receiving the Frank-Robertson Scholarship in 2012 allowed me to purchase equipment for recording in my home studio and be able to further pursue my compositional ability.”

– Jack L. Stacey, 21/03/2017

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Jack Stacey - Melba Hall 2017

A message from Jack...Here is a video of my performance of Nightfall's Lament last Friday; this composition of mine was inspired by Rachmaninov's emotional intensity in his Elegy in E-flat Minor, which gave me the motivation to create this piece, exploring the emotion of sorrow and its complexities.I want to say thank you all for the kind and beautiful words that you have given me. It's heartwarming to see the response that my music has given such appeal to you. I've made the start of my journey at uni, and so far, all is going well. Thank you all so much once again. Best of luck to those of you making the starting steps of uni like I am.Jack

Posted by Jack L. Stacey on Monday, 27 February 2017