The Western Region Concert Band and SingWest have launched a new concert series.

An Evening With Christine Anu in Werribee next week will be the first of the series.

The Western Region Concert Band, which was formed in 1977, is made up of talented musicians from the west.

Saxophonist Andrew Houston, who has been a member of the band for more than 25 years, will this year celebrate his 20th year as musical director.

For the past 18 years, the band has also presented the long-standing Last Night of the Proms’ events held in Williamstown, which featured artists such as James Morrison, Leo Sayer and Colleen Hewitt.

The band’s vice president Clare Perry said that this year, the band had decided to move in a new direction and host a more intimate type of concert, “An Evening With …”.

“Christine will perform her classic songs – Island Home, Sunshine on a Rainy Day, Party and ‘Coz I’m Free.

“She will also sing a selection of songs including Aretha Franklin hits.”

The concert will be held on Saturday October 19, at 7.30pm. Cost: adult $55, concession $47. Book at http://www.wyncc.com.au/whats_on/christineanu