For earlier events, please visit the Gallery.





BEYOND BLUE -  Morning Tea at Coriole

SWING - The Beat that Shook the World


Gala Night - December 3rd

A Touch of Tango

The Mikado - April 17

AGM - Report coming


Sunday Serenade - A great finish to the year

ASO concert - October 3

Simply the Henbest - Sidonie Henbest in cabaret - September 6

Professor Orlando's Magic Show - July 2015

Periclitatus - Exibition by Brooke Walker Opened June 6

The Magic Flute - May 16

Cancer Council Morning Tea

Julie Noble Exhibition opening - April 11

2015 AGM

2015 Program launch


Gala Night - November

Samantha Rubenhold - Robert England Concert - September

Michelle McCrea Mosaics - August

Professor Orlando's Magic Show, Almond Blossom, July 2014

The Willunga 175 Black Tie Dinner - June

Mark Pearse Exhibition - June

The Lucyna Opala Exhibition - April

The da Ponte Project

Cancer Council Morning Tea

The 2014 Program Launch - Curtain Up!


Gala Night November 2013

Folk Dance Day - September 2013

Minas Berberyan Concert - September 2013

Celine Donegan - SALA exhibition - August 2013

June Concert - Lucinda Moon and Glenys March

Exhibition - To Inspire with Metal and Wire

Co-opera - 'Die Fledermaus' at the Bocce Club

Cancer Council Morning Tea

Last Tango and the McLaren Vale Tango Festival

The Lou d'Alise exhibition

The 2013 AGM

The 2013 Program Launch



Last Tango in Smithfield Plains


Gala Night November 2012


It's Showtime, September 2012


 Dance Day, September 2012


Tribute to Duke Ellington, June 2012


Sonya Unwin Exhibition, June 2012


Cancer Council Morning Tea, May 2012


The Bloke May 2012 - photo gallery


The 2012 Program Launch


ADRIENNE GILL ART EXHIBITION - Opening on Saturday 31st of March 2012


Sixty-odd guests made for a well-attended opening.

Adrienne's work, a collection of vibrant abstract paintings, was complemented by a set of exquisitely detailed two dimensional tango-dancer figures created by Brian Reader.

Russell Jeavons of Willunga High St Pizza House fame opened proceedings with a fine piece of oratory.

The exhibition continues until April 28th.


Chairman Carolyn makes

opening speech

Adrienne with fellow artist Anne Kidman and

Russell Jeavons


Trevor Beneke with Carolyn and exhibition

organiser Camille Maple


Adrienne and Russell

Anne, Adrienne, Russell, Carolyn


Richard and Pam, Adrienne and

husband Andrew


Friend with Adrienne


Little chap with Adrienne



2012 AGM

The AGM was well-attended, some twenty people being present.
Proceedings started with a talk by Veronica Aldridge of Musica Viva, in which she outlined the work that MV does, aided by a visual presentation. See below for a precis of Veronica's address. She is asking STARS to support the organisation by funding a low-advantaged school in our area, in order for the students to be able to participate in a Musica Viva program.
Following this, Greg John, music director at Tatachilla College, gave another visual presentation, in which he outlined a Very Big Idea for our area, namely the development of a concert hall. Greg noted that there is already an organ available, thanks to the efforts of the sainted Greg Trott several years ago. This idea was greeted with great enthusiasm and STARS will debate ways in which we can offer support.
The formal part of the meeting was then conducted, with Chair and Treasurer's report being presented and accepted then election of the new committee. There were no surprises. Following the conclusion of the meeting the new committee retired to elect officers, in the accepted manner.
The 2012 committee is as follows: Carolyn Colling Chair, Elizabeth Boydell Vice Chair, Trevor Beneke Treasurer, Peter Elder Secretary and Assistant Treasurer, Tess Driver, Camille Maple, Nancy Weisbrodt, Wayne Anthoney, Anne Lawson.


There are many schools who do not have the funds to have music in their schools and it is our aim to provide music to as many of these schools and students as we can, through the Musica Viva In Schools comprehensive Music Program. This Program is not only for the students, but also for the teachers. The Professional Development session is for the teachers who will be teaching the music, and this enthuses and enriches the teachers' approach to the program, and to music in general. There is therefore a flow on effect in the form of organising a school music group or band which is a permanent part of the school.

The cost of the entire program (i.e. the Professional Development session for teachers with live band in attendance, booklet of prepared lessons, interactive whiteboard resources, and live music concert for 400 students in the School Hall) is $1500.

We match a school to a donor, so you do in fact "adopt-a-school". When the date for the end of program concert has been established, we invite our donors to attend the concert as VIPs. Any advertising banners and logos can be displayed in the Hall, and on the program. It is a very satisfying experience and I would recommend it to interested music lovers.

I will be writing a newsletter next month, and so will keep you informed of our progress and plans for the future.

 We can make a difference!!!! - it is all about the music!

We would be most appreciative of STARS' support to a low advantaged school.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any queries or questions in this regard.

Veronica Aldridge




STARS launched the 2012 programme entitled "Its Showtime" on Sunday February 5 where a large audience heard Barbara George, CEO of Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, highlight the main events for the year and then were entertained by local group Dance Xtreme and mezzo soprano Catriona Barr.

STARS committee is looking forward to an entertaining year and the Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 13 March at 6.30 pm. Musica Viva school programme director Veronica Aldridge will be the guest speaker and STARS invites interested parties and members to attend.


Co-Opera company will present Cosi Fan Tutte on Sunday March 18 and bookings are filling for this annual event. The first art exhibition for the year will be held on Saturday 31 March at 6.30 pm to be opened by local identity Russell Jeavons. The artists are Adrienne Gill with Annie Kidman and the tango-inspired paintings will be entitled "An Intimate Space". Adrienne and her husband are Tango Dance teachers and the exhibition will be included in the Tango Festival to be held in the local area with performances in McLaren Vale and a milonga (tango dance party) at Waverley Homestead during the exhibition.

For further details of STARS events and to book call 83238386 during office hours.

Some unforgettable images from the launch......

Carolyn and Camille

Peter, Piano, Camille, Carolyn

Wonderful dance troupe

More of them

Catriona Barr


Maureen Munro and Judith Barr