FAREWELL: Ronald Webb.
FAREWELL: Ronald Webb.

Oboe career ends on worthy note for Eumundi man

WHEN Eumundi's Ronald Webb walks on to the stage with the Pacific Chamber Players at Coolum this month, it will bring to an end a distinguished 60-year career which has included playing as guest oboist with some of the world's great symphony orchestras.

Ron, aged 76, came to the Sunshine Coast in 1994 following his retirement from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra after 33 years, 27 of which as principal oboe player. Since then he has been an established figure in many orchestral and choral performances all over the Coast.

He is particularly proud of his 20-year association with Noosa Chorale, telling Seniors: "I first became involved in 1996 when the then music director Leonard Spira asked me to play in his Occasional Orchestra to accompany the chorale.

"I haven't missed a performance since then.”

The oboe came into Ron's life when he was a 14-year-old schoolboy in Christchurch.

"I heard it on the radio and I said to my father that I would like to play one. He told me not to be silly because there weren't any oboes in New Zealand. I think he probably knew what they cost.

"When I was 19, I had my first professional experience with the New Zealand National Youth Orchestra and, when several of my colleagues decided to go to London to study, I decided to go as well.”

Ron says he may play in the occasional concert in future but intends giving his time to teaching.

Pacific Chamber Players present Baroque Brilliance on Saturday, September 10, 2pm, at Eudlo Hall and Sunday, September 11, 2pm, at St Peter's Catholic Church, Coolum.

Tickets $27 (adults), $22 (concessions) $7 (students). Details on www.pacificchamber

players.com or phone 5446 8128.


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