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Virginia Weekes

Virginia has enormous experience as a soloist, an orchestral and chamber music player, and as a freelance player for session work in popular/jazz fields. She has performed concerti ranging from Vivaldi and Bach through to Sculthorpe with various orchestras, and gave the second Australian and first Victorian performance of the Alban Berg Chamber Concerto for Violin, Piano and 13 Wind Instruments, with Geoffrey Simon conducting. Virginia held permanent positions in both the Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, the Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra, and later the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, for many years, and was a member of the Victorian String Quartet in Bendigo, during the mid 1980s. Whilst freelancing, the groups with whom she played include the Robert Pikler Chamber Orchestra, the ACO, Seymour Group, contemporary A-Z ensemble, and Baroque Muscikverein She also played in many musicals eg West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Porgy and Bess, Me and My Girl, and was a relieving concertmaster for Nine, Nicholas Nickleby, and Aspects of Love. Along with film, TV and recording session work she worked regularly in Tommy Tycho’s orchestras, and in cabaret shows with artists such as Charles Azanavour, Sammy Davis Jnr., Dionne Warwick, Jose Feliciano, the Village People, Liberace, George Benson, Shirley Bassey, Gene Pitney, Pat Boone, and Petula Clark.

Phone: 0487 777 139

Email: ginnyweekes@bigpond.com

State: SA

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