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Celebrating 30-years in musical style

THE Sound Preservation Association of Tasmania (SPAT) is celebrating 30-years of sound, radio, television and film heritage with a special anniversary concert.

Held on Sunday 27 November, the concert will feature a stellar line-up of live music and entertainment, with performances by the Clarence City Stage Band, The Lincoln Singers, Paul Martin Jazz Quartet and other local singers.

SPAT president Lindsay McCarthy said the group was looking forward to celebrating the anniversary year with an enjoyable local variety concert presenting music from different eras.

Founding president Gwen D’Emden first formed SPAT in the mid-1980s as a volunteer music club following a talkback request about the availability of music in the state.

From these humble beginnings, the organisation has swiftly developed to now boast a comprehensive community collection of more than 700 donated radio, television and museum items.

SPAT has also accumulated more than 50,000 LP records from a range of decades.

Although SPAT’s collections comprise historic Tasmanian, Australian and international sound items, Mr McCarthy said the organisation planned to modernise the collection.

“We plan to keep up with the modern technology of our times, both in our display and collection practices,” he said.

“We been working on fully digitally archiving all of the items in our collections on the new digital software system, Mosaic, which will ensure our items are preserved into the future.”

Mr McCarthy said this process was almost complete – just in time for the 30th anniversary celebrations.

The 30th anniversary concert will be held at the Clarence Senior Citizens Centre at 17 Alma Street, Bellerive on Sunday 27 November at 2pm.

Tickets are $10 per person (including students, adults and pensioners) and $24 for families.

Caption: Rosny College drama students Lauren Toth, 18, of Acton Park and Oliver Witts, 17, of Old Beach, getting into the 1920s spirit ahead of the Sound Preservation of Tasmania anniversary concert. Photo credit: Simone Cunliffe (Rosny College media/drama teacher).