Another lovely example of normality returning - Music at Midday is back.
Major Darren Cole and the Royal Military College Band will return to Canberra Theatre Centre on Tuesday, December 8, for the first live Music at Midday concert since March.
The Christmas spectacular will feature a mix of yuletide classics, big band hits and musical surprises. All donations will go to Ronald McDonald House.
The 28th season of Music at Midday saw the July and August concerts broadcast via livestream, amassing almost 20,000 views in total.
Since its inception in 1993, Music at Midday has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities, raising more than $100,000 in the last decade.
More than 60,000 patrons have attended the concert series since 2010, and it has also helped to launch the careers of prominent Australian artists including The Idea of North and Queenie van de Zandt.
Theatre director Alex Budd said it was delighted to welcome back the band and to support Ronald McDonald House.
"We hope Canberrans will join us for a joyful afternoon," he said.
The Royal Military College Band is one of Australia's premier military bands, performing at historic occasions including the Centenary of Federation celebration in London in 2000 and ceremonial duties at Gallipoli on ANZAC Day.
Music director for the band, Major Darren Cole, said it was excited to get back to live performances, saying the members had missed their audiences.
"We will certainly be ending the year on a high note and the audience should expect a very generous helping of musical Christmas treats," he said.
Entry to Music at Midday is via gold coin donation, and all attendees will be required to register their details with the Canberra Theatre Centre Box Office for COVID contact tracing.
Free registration essential - book here or call the box office on 6275 2700