Jennifer ensures orchestra is always in good taste

Jennifer Ferris at the Civic Centre. Photo: John Gass / Daily News
Jennifer Ferris at the Civic Centre. Photo: John Gass / Daily News John Gass

AS the saying goes, behind every successful man there is a woman. For the Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra, behind every successful concert there is Jennifer Ferris.

While the orchestra prepares for its upcoming concert, a Banquet of Brahms and Beethoven, meet the person behind the scenes who prepares a banquet for the orchestra.

Mrs Ferris has been a tireless supporter of the orchestra for over a decade.

As an avid lover of classical music she is at every concert but rarely gets the opportunity to sit in the auditorium enjoying the music because she is always busy in the kitchen preparing afternoon tea for the audience during the interval.

"I used to help Lyn (McBurney) serve afternoon tea," Mrs Ferris said.

"But when Lyn became the orchestra manager I took over the catering with some of the other ladies. I just happened to last the longest."

Perhaps even more importantly she also organises food for the musicians, providing lunch and morning tea during rehearsals to keep the orchestra happy.

It is fortunate then that she is not required on stage as well.

"I'm useless at playing music," she said.

But not in the kitchen.

Mrs Ferris is also a member of the orchestra's committee, helping to distribute newsletters and selling concert tickets at the box office.

For the last concert of the year, the Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra will bring a Banquet of Brahms and Beethoven to the stage, served by guest conductor Nathan Aspinall.

Feel the shadows of Brahms' Tragic Overture, see the colours of his Variation on a Theme of Haydn, and hear the sweet sounds of Beethoven's Symphony No. 2.

It is going to be a delight for your tastebuds too, as delicious cakes will be served with afternoon tea.

"Just remember to say hello to Jennifer while you're there," marketing director Nispa Krongkaew said.

Banquet of Brahms and Beethoven is on this Sunday, November 18 at 2.30pm at Tweed Heads Civic Centre.

Tickets can be purchased at the Civic Centre or at

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