From little things, big things grow…

April 2, 2008

As the words of the song suggest, a simple idea can become a reality.

Some months ago, a local 15 year old Bingara boy, Steve Williams put forward an idea to the newly-formed Friends of Touriandi fundraising committee of which he had just become a member.

Main organiser of the "Givin’ Back" concert, Steve Williams.

The Bingara community would be well aware of Steve’s passion for dance, having witnessed his talented performances in a variety of ways both at local venues and in Sydney recently as one of the selected regional performers for the Schools’ Spectacular at the Entertainment Centre.

Steve is a popular young face around the Touriandi Aged Care facility, having provided entertainment for the residents on a number of occasions.

Steve’s idea was to organize a Concert at the Roxy to say "Thank you" to the older generation of Bingara citizens, inviting the many talented young people in the area to perform.

In Steve’s words, "my aim is to give back to those who gave the most to us- the older generation." Hence the Givin’ Back Concert was born!

The Friends of Touriandi Committee embraced the concept and planning is well underway for the concert to be held on Saturday April 12 at the Roxy, which will coincide with the celebration of both Seniors and Youth Weeks.

Steve has been overwhelmed with the enthusiastic response from young people who will perform a wide variety of musical acts. A group of Steve’s friends are assisting with the organization and running of the event which will highlight the talented youth of Bingara and surrounding areas.

Local singer/songwriter Jamie Wilson, a past winner of "Gwydol" will perform, along with Inverell dancer Kimberleigh Cowley who has been awarded a dance scholarship to the McDonald College of Performing Arts in Sydney where she will pursue her dream of a career in dance.

On the musician front, Bingara trumpeter Sam Kennedy will perform a piece by Bach.  Sam has been playing trumpet for eight years, been a member of the North West Schools’ Touring band, performed at the Opera House in 2007 with the State Schools’ band and will shortly join with Hunter-Central Coast Wind Ensemble on their tour of Europe.

Laura King, teacher at the Craze Dance Academy in Inverell for a number of years will join with other talented young dancers from her Academy to thrill the audience with several dance routines.

Other performers include Megan Longhurst who has performed at TREC in Tamworth and sporting events in the north, Mel Dyer, a Mt Russell girl who has been on stage at the Schools’ Spectacular and won a Young Writers’ contest with her own composition, "Life on the Land".

Popular local Noah Bilsborough will be back on stage and Gordon Fletcher and his granddaughter, Shannon Campbell will bring a tear to the eye with their rendition of "Maggie."

Trumpet player, 11 year old Bingara Central School student Maddison Eastcott has been playing the trumpet and flute for four years and is a member of the Gwydir Schools Concert and Jazz bands and North West Schools’ Concert band. She has performed twice at the Sydney Opera House.

Fiona Ozols, Kendall Ross, Ally and Tory Dixon, the Bingara Little Kids dancers, and last but not least, Steve Williams who will combine with Kimberley Cowley and Craze Dance Academy students in a number of dance routines.

The "Givin’ back" Concert is a show not to be missed. For all who are "young at heart" and enjoy a great night’s entertainment by our talented youth, come along and show your appreciation of their efforts.

Steve is planning a surprise finale which is bound to be a highlight of the evening. This concert will bring to fruition Steve’s idea of saying thank you to the older citizens of Bingara for their contribution to the community and you can be guaranteed a "night to remember".