Always wanted to perform but been too nervous about making a start? Don’t be! Here is a great way to get up on stage and have fun trying out your talents in front of a supportive audience.

Gunning Focus Group is hosting an afternoon of music provided for and by those with ANY level of experience. Whether you’ve just started learning or have been playing for years, all are welcome! Please come and join us. You have nothing to lose and lots to gain.

Amateur music-making was common both 100 and 200 years ago, so it is appropriate that this Open Mic event will be part of the Gunning 200 Bicentennial celebrations. It will be held on 6 March at 2pm at the

Gunning Courtroom. The audience will comprise performers and their family or friends. There is no entry fee. Bring your own gear or use the good upright piano, superb electronic keyboard and amplifiers available on site.

The Acacia Quartet, a prominent and highly praised group of string players, will give a concert in Gunning at 7.30pm on Friday 4 March. Such a top classical music group would typically be outside a small district’s price range. Happily, the NSW Government’s Music in the Regions Program is bringing cultural equity to the country. This means we can enjoy the same superb music in the Gunning Courtroom as Sydneysiders at the Opera House.

Lovers of classical music will not be disappointed. This concert is sure to delight. You can find all the details about the event, including the option of enjoying a special pre-concert dinner at KIKI’s Bistro, on the Gunning Focus Group website http://gun- ningfocusgroup.com or by phoning 0429 906 834.

Pictured above: Acacia Quartet. Right top: Deanna Hinds-Smith and Peter McLaren.