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16 - 23May

Live at the Opera House Gulgong

16/05/2021 - 23/05/2021 (12:00am)

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Trip prices are per person based on twin-share accommodation

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SoundTracks Travel
Gulgong + surrounding villages
Gulgong + surrounding villages
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Under the directorship of maestro Sue Johnson, connect to the history, beauty and art of the heritage towns of Gulgong, Mudgee, Hill End + Rylstone and perform in the magnificent Gulgong Opera House.

Over one week in May, under the musical guidance of Sue Johnson, one of the world’s emerging choir directors, Live at the Opera House Gulgong will be a sensational musical homage hosted in the heritage town of Gulgong. The Mudgee Region is the home of artists, artisans and writers for a reason. The towns breathe story and character: from poet Henry Lawson to the gold miners of Gulgong and Hill End; from the heart-wrenching tale of Jimmy Governor (which became the movie Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith) to the local artists who have made this country their muse. It is a beautiful and evocative part of New South Wales, a place renowned for its epicurean tradition of wineries and produce.

As with all SoundTracks programs, singing and performance is utilised as the connective tissue that links us to landscape and people as we reach out to the community with music.

After a magnificent week exploring one of Australia’s most fascinating regions, singing in its' woolsheds and old pioneer churches; exploring the gold mining region of Hill End, Mudgee + Rylstone, and rehearsing daily in the 1871 Prince of Wales Opera House Gulgong, the group will perform to a local crowd on the same stage as Dame Mellie Melba. The Opera House is rated as one of the world’s finest sound spaces, a fact that brings renowned pianist Roger Woodward and trumpeter James Morrison back regularly to perform.

The famous Ten Dollar Town Motel in Gulgong serves as a home base for the entire week. Daily singing sessions in the Opera House are broken up with forays into the surrounding towns.

This is a perfect tour to step back into group singing. By May, it is hoped that all restrictions are relaxed, but even so the space and acoustics within the Gulgong Opera House will allow us to rehearse in a socially distanced fashion, although we hope it will not be necessary by then.

“Rough-built theatres and stages where the world’s best actors trod. Singers bringing reckless rovers nearer boyhood.
Tis the palmy days of Gulgong – Gulgong in the Roaring Days.”

Henry Lawson

View the full itinerary here.

Single Supplement available for $1000 per person, in conjunction with The Artist's Eye ticket. This add-on will be available in the checkout process.


What's included: Twin-share accommodation at Ten Dollar Town Motel (with single supplement available for additional $1,000); fully curated artistic experience as per published itinerary; daily breakfasts; lunch on Tuesday, Wednesday + Thursday; evening meals on Sunday + Saturday nights; luxury coach transfers; Sue Johnson to facilitate all choral interactions; bus links to Mudgee on first Sunday and return on last Sunday (if arriving in private vehicle you can drive directly to Gulgong); tour manager running programs + surprises you'll have to wait for.

What's not included: Alcohol (except for a wine tasting at Rosby Wines Cellar Door & Sculpture Garden); travel to and from Gulgong; any meals not mentioned above.

Terms & Conditions
  • Live at the Opera House Gulgong will be booked through the Mudgee Tourism payment portal. A full refund (less credit card fees) is guaranteed for COVID related emergencies such as closed borders or government mandated restrictions.
  • All attendees will be required to comply with current coronavirus protocols.
  • The tour operator reserves the right to vary or cancel tours or part thereof due to extremes of weather or changes to operational conditions such as road closures, fire bans or other conditions beyond the control of the operator.
  • Every effort will be made to keep to published departure times and connections, but no guarantee can be made and no compensation shall be made for failure to meet those times.
  • The tour operator reserves the right to substitute vehicles or drivers as circumstances dictate.
  • The tour operator does not accept liability for the acts, omissions, default or negligence of any wildlife park, scenic rides or any other service used in connections with these tours.
  • The tour operator's shall not be responsible or liable for death, illness or injury to any person, or loss of or damage to any property or otherwise due to the operators negligence nor any inconvenience, delay, injury, accident, theft or negligence caused to, or expenses incurred by, any client/passenger however caused by or arising out of services or failure to provide services.
  • The operator reserves the right to refuse anyone considered inadequately clothed or insufficiently physically fit, or is deemed to be jeopardising the safety of other participants to proceed further on the tour.
  • These tours operate in environmentally sensitive areas. Any person found wilfully damaging the environment or indigenous art, or causing discomfort to others will be requested to leave the tour at the nearest possible public transport depot. Any cost incurred will be at that person's own expense.
  • The tour operator reserves the right to cancel tours prior to departure due to insufficient numbers in which case you will be given a full refund.
  • Personal travel insurance is not included in the tour price. It is the condition of booking a tour with the operator that you are adequately insured for the full duration of the tour in respect of illness, injury, death, loss of baggage and personal items and cancellation and curtailment.
  • Those participants who chose to travel in their own vehicles will do so under their own insurance provisions.
  • Acceptance of Risk - Part of the appeal of tours into remote places is that they operate in unpredictable environments. While all established safety practice are undertaken you agree to accept the inherent risks and dangers associated with the proposed tour and the accompanying risk of injury, death or property loss or damage.
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