Ilona , Cathie and Friends
Cathie Harrop and Ilona Rodgers treated their audience to a glimpse of a musical and theatrical past, with an entertainment and hospitality that was a part of the grand homes and the larger families in the early days of Victorian Auckland.
Winter concerts were often held when family members gathered together with friends and visiting professionals to perform music and theatre pieces, and enjoy each others company.
The concert goers were welcomed with refreshments, enjoyed a delightful variety concert and stayed a while afterwards to talk to the costumed performers, while drinking mulled wine with a few Victorian titbits.
Some came Victorian attire and added greatly to the ambience.