If there was a place to host the sounds of accomplished jazz singer Emma Pask, it would be at the idyllic surrounds of an orange orchard.

Gunnedah music fans were lucky to have exactly that on the weekend when the musician, accompanied by pianist Bill Risby, performed at Gunnible.

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Melia and Ilaria Crosara.

The Sunday afternoon with live jazz and picnic gatherings in the backdrop of the tranquil estate was delivered by the Gunnedah Conservatorium.

Women took advantage of paper fans and sun umbrellas, in tune with the aesthetic.

The afternoon started with an opening set by the conservatorium’s Dominic Goodwin-Hauck taking to the veranda to play guitar and introduce the mood for any latecomers.

“I wanted to play something that was a bit more worldly,” Dominic said.

“I thought that it would be a great chance for lesser known music out there.”

The air was filled with music of Spanish and French origin or influence.

“I had some nice pieces that are easy to listen to … I tried to throw in a few pieces that were a bit edgy,” he said.

“It was a great casual atmosphere to play in.

“It was a good day all around.

“Emma was great of course.”

Gunnedah Conservatorium director Rebecca Ryan introduced Emma Pask and Bill Risby to the stage.

Emma was first discovered by James Morrison, who brought a dose of jazz excitement to the community last year when he performed with the Gunnedah Shire Band and hosted a workshop for youth.

Emma had previously toured the world, performing for celebrities and royalty, hence there seemed to be great appreciation by listeners that the musician found her way back to their locality.

“It is beautiful to be back in Gunnedah and as Rebecca mentioned it is about my third time here which is just gorgeous,” Emma told the crowd.

She thanked the Hoddle family for providing the space and gave high praise for pianist Bill Risby

“Bill is one of this country’s finest musicians,” she said.

His work in the Australian music landscape is notable, however, readers may recognise him largely from his contribution in the soundtracks of major films including Peter Rabbit, Australia and The Great Gatsby.

The two toured to Armidale, Muswellbrook and Tamworth before making their way to Gunnedah.

“We get to finish our beautiful little run with you guys,” she told listeners. “I could not think of a more perfect setting to end this.”

Bill Risby.

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