One composer's time spent as an artist in residence at the city's hospital will form the unusual premise for an upcoming performance.
EmbedED III by Jeanette Hajncl is a cantata based on the composer's experience in South West Healthcare's emergency department.
"It was an incredible privilege to be a part of the life of the emergency department, to talk with patients and relatives as well as the staff on duty and to then combine these narratives into a musical reflection of this real-life drama," Hajncl said.
"The idea came from the Australian Army often having artists in residence so they could be embedded into the culture of what's going on and then interpret what they saw.
"There was young woman who fell off her horse and landed on her head, for example. Fortunately she was wearing a helmet and they brought her in by ambulance and it was all very dramatic but she was okay, which was astonishing.
"But to be in the room while all the emergency people are running around plugging into machines to test if things are okay is incredible because it could have been a disaster.
"There was another woman who gave birth while in the emergency department - all sorts of exciting things happened. So I made that into a storyline which I could write music around.
"It took a lot of teaching because you only get a glimpse of what's going on but if you can make a storyline of it and then a song, it can be really good."
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Local choir 'Cantori' - directed by Hajncl - will perform EmbedED III alongside musicians Monica Curro and Stefan Cassomenos at the Warrnambool Organ Festival, set for January 15 and 16 at Warrnambool's Christ Church.
The new date comes after the event was called twice this year due to COVID lockdowns.
Newly-appointed musical director Patrick Burns said he was looking forward to the performances.
"We're very excited to be presenting this program of original works by locally based composers," he said.
"After what has been a very taxing 18 months for artists right across the world, our Saturday evening concert will be a celebration as we gather together this group of world-class musicians, with some exciting up and coming soloists and the vocal prowess of Cantori to present newly composed music.
"It really is a coming-together of the community to make a great weekend of concert experiences and to re-launch the Warrnambool Organ Festival." The event will conclude with a performance from organist Calvin Bowman.
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