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Reflections on Jon English

#Unite4VulnerableChildren

#Unite4VulnerableChildren

Myself and a few other local musicians recently got together to record a version of the John Lennon classic, Happy Christmas (War is Over). As a collective, we hope the release raises awareness and funds for the Vulnerable Children Fund charity.

I urge you all to dig deep. The Vulnerable Children Fund supports projects that help children who end up in awful situations due to extreme poverty.

Please watch and share the video below and then find out more and donate here.

One curtain closes as another opens

If you’ve been following along at home, you’d have noticed I’ve been dabbling in performing arts of a different kind of late. We just wrapped up a whirlwind season of Michael Gow’s “Away” at Civic Playhouse, Newcastle, in which I got to play the role of grief-stricken mother, Coral. It was an honour to be part of this beautiful story and to share the stage with some very talented performers. The show was very warmly received. You can read a review here: http://www.theherald.com.au/story/3493160/theatre-review-away/

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As Coral in Michael Gow's "Away" by Pantseat Productions. Civic Playhouse, November 2015. Also pictured: Tyran Stig as Rick. Photo credit: Phillip Ross, Hunter & King

I was also fortunate to have been asked to perform as part of “Take You Away”, a concert of the songs of acclaimed New York composer Elaine Pechacek (who shared the stage, accompanying the performers). This was a great opportunity and the connections being made between my humble hometown and Broadway that are resulting from this new partnership are very exciting. You can read more about it on the Broadway World website: http://www.broadwayworld.com/sydney/article/Newcastles-Pantseat-Academy-Welcomes-American-Composer-Elaine-Pechacek-for-Concert-and-World-Premiere-20151104

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Performing "Instead Of" from the musical "Seasons" by US Composer Elaine Pechacek (also pictured). Photo credit: Phillip Ross, Hunter & King

In other theatre news, I’m pleased to hear that “Peter Pan: A New Adventure”, a new Australian musical theatre work by my dear friends Christopher Harley and Callan Purcell and my first experience as Musical Director earlier this year, just picked up FIVE City of Newcastle Drama Award nominations, including Best Musical. I’ll be attending the awards on 28 November (and who knows, possibly making an onstage appearance. Limited tickets are still available here: http://www.westsnewcastle.com.au/entertainment/event/2015-37th-annual-conda-awards

I still have a number of Jon English shows to close out the year (see below). I’ve been loving the new acoustic style shows, playing guitar, violin and bass in some more intimate venues. Check it out if you get the chance.

Jon English acoustic

Jon English acoustic shows

Friday 20 November
Jon English Classic Acoustic
Old Manly Boatshed
The Corso, Manly NSW
Tickets: http://www.oldmanlyboatshed.com.au/events.html

Saturday 21 November
Jon English Classic Acoustic
Club Toukley
cnr. Holmes Ave. & Main Rd, Toukley NSW
Tickets: http://www.toukleyrsl.com.au/index.php/entertainment/entertainment

Thursday 31 December
Jon English with full band
NEW YEAR’S EVE RIVER PARTY
Bluewater Quay, Mackay QLD
Free entry 6pm-12am

I’m also VERY excited about what’s to come in 2016. So many great projects on the boil, including EVITA in March, a new Amy Vee release, and a new touring show with some very exciting peeps. Let the good times roll. Peace and love xo

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