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West Gippsland Symphony Orchestra in concert

GSO @ WGAC, July 2024

From 2:00pm on Sunday 21st July 2024 the 3BBR-FM Concert Hall presents the recent West Gippsland Symphony Orchestra concert under the direction of David Williams OAM. 

  • MOZART – Divertimento No.1 in Eb Major, K113
  • HAYDN – Symphony No.101 in D major “The Clock”
  • BEETHOVEN – Symphony No.4 in Bb major, Op.60

This performance was recorded on the 7th July 2024 at the West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul by 3BBR.

Missed the broadcast? Listen back via our radio-on-demand service before 15 September 2024.

3BBR FM… proudly supporting local fine music.

Schedule changes – July

The Local Source (AMRAP)

Are you a fan of Australian independent music? The AMRAP Radio Program (Friday nights at 10:00pm) has a new name, The Local Source.  It’s a weekly wrap of what’s getting attention on community radio through the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project, where musicians upload their new music for community radio to discover. Spend some time with the songs, artists and industry players that use AMRAP to reach the airwaves.

In case you missed earlier changes…

Further to the subject of independent Australian music… have you discovered our new program for your Saturday lunch?  “Thru-Traffic” with Will and Stu plays new Australian music that’s being performed by bands touring the regions right now.  “We’re a couple of older blokes, and although we love the old classics, there’s some really good Aussie music from independent and emerging artists that fits into our collections and playlists quite nicely.  They might fit yours too.”

Tune in every Saturday between 12 noon and 1:00pm for “Thru-Traffic“, or listen back after broadcast.

As always, if you have feedback about our schedule, please get in touch. Visit our contact page for the many ways you can do that.

Our full schedule is at where you can also download a PDF copy to print and keep.

Genesis Baroque in concert

Genesis Baroque - Paris Quartets

Members of the renowned Melbourne-based Genesis Baroque presented a concert of four Paris Quartets  by the master of the German baroque Georg Philipp Telemann, at a recent Wesley of Warragul Concert. 

Warragul has had to wait 280 years to hear a live performance of four of these Quartets composed in the 1730’s. 

Telemann travelled to Paris in 1737 where he received high praise and honour, which inspired him to write a second volume of 6 quartets, so 12 quartets in all.  The Quartets are written for transverse flute, baroque violin, viola da gamba and harpsichord, and were immediately recognized as outstanding chamber music. 

3BBR-FM was there to record this sublime performance which was broadcast in the 3BBR FM Concert Hall from 2:00pm on Sunday 7th July 2024

Missed the broadcast? Listen back before 1st Sept 2024 via our radio-on-demand service

3BBR-FM… proudly supporting local fine music with exclusive concert recordings in West Gippsland.

“Gippsland Live” features the 2024 Boolarra Folk Festival

Boolarra Folk Festival 2024

3BBR-FM was there for the 21st Anniversary of the multi-award winning Boolarra Folk Festival, recording every concert for Gippsland Live, our weekly showcase of local live performances.

Again, thousands of people flocked to Boolarra in early March for the festival, a completely free community event held at Boolarra’s Memorial Hall on the Friday night, and around Centennial Park throughout Saturday.

Gippsland Live (heard 8:00pm Wed & 2:00pm Fri) begins broadcasting concerts from the festival on April 10, and then fortnightly to include other recordings at local venues on alternate weeks.

First up is the stunning opening act from Friday night, the finger-slidin’ gutsy blues guitar and voice of Steph Fischer-Ivancsy with the Bad Jackets. Steph’s unique brand of blues rock is a throbbing, stomping, wailing blast cut through with a voice that will bring you to your knees.

Steph Fischer-Ivancsy and The Bad JacketsTodd Cook and The Rufous Whistlers, Paul Buchanan’s Voodoo Preachers, guitarist Stephen McCulloch in fine voice, the amazing Tim Scanlan and Mana Okubo with Tim playing foot percussion, guitar, harmonica and singing all at the same time, plus trad. jazz fusion from Shirazz are just some of the many fine acts to follow in subsequent programs.

“Once again there were great performances, and we appreciate the help of the Festival and performers in allowing us to share the musicianship and community spirit,” said producer/engineer Garry Havrillay, “We’re also thrilled to be able to give these under-represented and emerging artists a chance to be heard more widely via Community Radio.” *

Tune in to 103.1FM on Wednesday nights at 8.00pm or Friday afternoons at 2:00pm, stream online via or the Community Radio Plus App, or listen later via our audio-on-demand  service at

* Special thanks go out to live sound engineer Brett van Hoorne for his generous help in catering to our needs for recording for broadcast.

Broadcast schedule for 2024 Boolarra Festival concerts
Wed April 10 @8pm
Fri April 12 @2pm
Steph Fischer-Ivancsy & The Bad Jackets
Stephen McCulloch Pt.1
Wed April 24 @8pm
Fri April 26 @2pm
Stephen McCulloch Pt.2
Paul Buchanan’s Voodoo Preachers
Wed May 8 @8pm
Fri May 10 @2pm
Shirazz Trad. Jazz Band
Tim Scanlan & Mana Okubo Pt.1
Wed May 22 @8pm
Fri May 24 @2pm
Tim Scanlan & Mana Okubo Pt.2
Meg Doherty & band
Wed June 5 @8pm
Fri June 7 @2pm
Strzelecki Stringbusters
Mast Gully Fellers Pt.1
Wed June 19 @8pm
Fri June 21 @2pm
Mast Gully Fellers Pt.2
Todd Cook & the Rufous Whistlers
Wed July 3 @8pm
Fri July 5 @2pm
Smokin’ Dog Johnson
Wed July 17 @8pm
Fri July 19 @2pm
The Hip Pockets
Wed July 31 @8pm
Fri Aug 2 @2pm
Boneyard Blondes
Ally Row Pt.1
Wed Aug 14 @8pm
Fri Aug 16 @2pm
Ally Row Pt.2
Half-Cut Hicks

Joshua Hooke in Concert

Joshua Hooke

Listen back to this piano recital by the remarkably versatile and exciting young pianist, Joshua Hooke, heard in the 3BBR FM Concert Hall on Sunday June 16 at 2:00pm.

Originally from regional Victoria, Josh completed his PhD in Music Performance at Melbourne University and has studied in Vienna with the late Paul Badura-Skoda and in London with Imogen Cooper.  Josh has many awards to his name from Australian and International institutions. He’s a regular performer both at home and in Europe.  He recently completed a Victorian Regional tour which included this recent recital at Wesley of Warragul recorded by 3BBR FM on 26 May 2024.

  • Federico MOMPOU – Paisajes (Landscapes)
  • Robert SCHUMANN – Carnaval, Op. 9
  • Claude DEBUSSY – Pièce pour le Vêtement du blessé (Piece for the clothing of the wounded)
  • Claude DEBUSSY – Préludes Book 1
    • II. Voiles
    • X. La cathédrale engloutie
    • XI. La danse de Puck
  • Igor STRAVINSKY – Trois mouvements de Pétrouchka (Three movements from Petrushka)

Missed the broadcast? Listen back before 11 Aug 2024 via our radio-on-demand service.

3BBR-FM… proudly supporting local fine music with exclusive concert recordings in West Gippsland.

“Visionary Voices” – World Premiere Australian music

CANE Ensemble

Listen back to the first recital by the newly-formed CANE Ensemble; Eliza Shephard – flute, Niels Bijl – saxophone and Adam McMillan – piano, broadcast on Sunday June 9 in the 3BBR-FM Concert Hall which continues to bring you recordings made by 3BBR-FM of the finest concerts performed in our region. This performance is no exception with this amazing concert from the Yarragon Studio 2024 Concert Season, featuring world premiere compositions by six young Australian composers.

  • Kym Alexandra Dillon – Scherzo (Leucopogon parviflorus)
  • Christopher Healey – Mise-en-Scène
  • Andrew Howes – The Aching Bones
  • Katy Abbott – Making Angels
  • Luke Severn – And Other Lines; 1.Little Birds of the Night
  • Catherine Likhuta – Me Disagrees

Listen back via our radio-on-demand service if you missed the broadcast.

3BBR FM… proudly supporting local fine music.

All Schubert Recital: Brian Chapman and Friends in Concert

Brian Chapman, Susan Pierotti & Zoe Knighton

Listen back to a recent concert with Brian Chapman (piano), Susan Pierotti (violin) and Zoe Knighton (cello) recorded at Wesley of Warragul by 3BBR, broadcast on Sunday 19th May in the 3BBR Concert Hall.


  • Sonatina in G minor for Violin and Piano, D.408 (Op.137 No.3)
  • “Arpeggione” Sonata in A minor, D.821
  • Trio in E flat major for Piano, Violin and Cello, D.929 (Op.100)

Missed the broadcast? Listen back before 14th July 2024 via our radio-on-demand service.

3BBR-FM… proudly supporting local fine music with exclusive concert recordings in West Gippsland.

West Gippsland Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Women in Song’ concert on 3BBR

Gippsland Symphony Orchestra May 2024

Listen back to the recent West Gippsland Symphony Orchestra concert in the 3BBR-FM Concert Hall broadcast on Sunday 12 May 2024.

To coincide with Mother’s Day, the program featured ‘Women in Song’ with guest sopranos Iris Zavou and Janneke Ferwserda delighting the audience with a romantic selection of Arias and Songs from popular music theatre.

Pianist Lisa Blackman performed the Grande Tarantelle by Gotschalk.

Two Australian works in the program included ‘Mythic’ by Elena Kats-Chernin and ‘Honour Earth’ by Sarah Hopkins, all under the direction of conductor David Williams OAM.

This performance was recorded on 27 April 2024 at the West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul.

Missed the broadcast? Listen back via our radio-on-demand service.

3BBR FM… proudly supporting local fine music.