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By PETER DOUGLAS

MUSIC enthusiasts in the Yarra Ranges are being encouraged to embrace an upcoming event, An Afternoon Concert, and help a local charity.
Singers, musicians and a local choir will flood the scene with their wonderful music at the charity concert, which will be held at Kennon Memorial Uniting Church, Sassafras, on Sunday, 18 October, at 2pm.
Co-ordinator of the event, Jacqui Rutten, said guests could enjoy top quality entertainment.
“We have singers, musicians and a popular local choir,” she said.
“Laurence Moore has sung with Opera Australia, Johanna Selleck (flute) has performed as a soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
“And in the tradition of the great Irish blind harper, we have Sam Derrick, and Singularity choir will be performing.”
Other artists will include Helen Womack (an English contralto), local violin teacher Jane Coleman, cellist Monica Edwards and Mary Knights-Rutten (piano).
Ms Rutten said she would also perform at the concert.
“I have also recently returned from a composing residency in Ireland thanks to a grant from the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia,” she said.
“I will be singing my Irish-inspired compositions.”
Mr Rutten is classically trained and has won Australian and Indonesian awards for singing study.
Some of her highlights have included singing and composing internationally.
All musicians and singers are donating their services.
Funds raised will be donated to a shelter for woman and children experiencing homelessness.

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