NB-U3A Rock Orchestra

U3A’s 3rd Age Rock Orchestra

U3A’s 3rd Age Rock Orchestra was established by Northern Beaches member Harvey Broadbent early in 2018. Prior to COVID-19 they were practising at the Narrabeen Baptist Church each Wednesday afternoon. Now with COVID restrictions in place the orchestra is meeting regularly via Zoom.

See below for reports on recent initiatives and several of their Pre-COVID performances …..


From Harvey Broadbent:

During these CoronaVirus lockdown days the U3A’s 3rd Age Rock Orchestra has met ‘virtually’ and regularly using Zoom. That way they can continue to be creative and play their music even though distanced physically from each other.

This original song was written by the orchestra’s vocalist and guitarist Francis Buttle and produced by leader Harvey Broadbent as a project for the weird times we’re living through and to maintain the orchestra’s creativity.

The 3ARO hope you have a ball with ‘Having a Ball’!


Pre-COVID performances:

‘The Ages of Rock’

What an uplifting way to spend a winter’s afternoon (10 July 2019) – listening and singing along to the rock ‘n’ roll songs from our life. Memories of great songs by Chuck Berry, Bill Haley and the Comets, Little Richard, The Beatles, The Shadows, Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, Gerry Rafferty (amongst others) as well as the more recent sounds of The Traveling Wilburys, Alison Krauss and REM had the audience singing, tapping their feet and dancing the afternoon away.
The photo above shows some of the orchestra led by Harvey Broadbent and the backing singers, the Hirollers, singing a medley of Buddy Holly songs.


‘Oh what a night!’

The opening words of the Frankie Valli song certainly rang true on the evening of 12 September 2018 when Narrabeen Baptist Church came alive to the sounds of The 3rd Age Rock Orchestra’s first public performance, The Classic Rock of Ages Show.

3ARO was established by Harvey Broadbent approximately six months ago and has grown to about 30 amateur musicians and singers. The audience was thrilled to be taken back in time by listening, singing along and dancing to popular rock ‘n’ roll and rock ballad music from that era as well as more modern songs from the 1970s to the present day. The evening was a resounding success and the orchestra received a well deserved standing ovation
at the end of their repertoire.

Interval refreshments were served by U3A committee members and volunteers and a collection during the evening resulted in $720 being donated to the Farmers Drought Assistance Fund.

In ‘normal’ times 3ARO meets at the Narrabeen Baptist Church each Wednesday afternoon. All instrumentalists and singers are U3A members and amateur players at various stages of progress and levels on their instruments. The common thread is the joy, fun and stimulation of playing popular music together.

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If you would like further information
please contact Harvey Broadbent by email or on 0414 486 675