We had a great opportunity to sing with lots of other choirs at the Blackheath Choir Festival in August. We had other Sing Australia members join us from Bathurst, Sydney and Young.
We had everyone singing along with us as we sang Que Sera Sera and during our final song “On the Road Again” we marched down the aisle single file, stopped for the last chorus and faced the audience and they joined in singing with us.
The feedback from the Festival Co-ordinator was awesome. She sent me an email and she said: “ It was fascinating to watch the audience during your set. You were evidently not what they quite expected. Then when you invited them to sing along I watched them thinking: “Really?” then “Sure, why not” and they did sing along and you could see they thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Regards Michele Peak Sing Australia Dubbo
Comment: Thanks for the exciting report and photos. It maust have been such a fun and rewarding experience for you. Well done and congratulations. Great to see Orange in there. A real boost for them too. This is my last posting on home soil for a number of weeks. Heading off on the Italy Tour today. We'll continue to remain active on facebook from Italy. ...
Looks like you had a wonderful time in the West. Sorry that we couldn’t be there. However we had a superb concert last Sunday and have had so much positive feedback. I have sent you some photos that I would like to go on the Sing Australia Facebook page please.
Kadina Sing Australia was proud to present the Victoria Welsh Male Choir and have the privilege of singing alongside this high quality choir. The Kadina Uniting Church was packed to the rafters. The audience was treated to beautiful four part harmonies, well known Welsh melodies with a mixture of soloists, duets and choral singing. It was a rare privilege that the choir, which has performed all over Australia and overseas, chose our area in which to perform, one of 4 performances during their South Australian tour. Thirty-two members of the choir were led by the diminutive musical director, Faleiry Koczkar OAM, who was born in Wales with Welsh as her first language.
They sang traditional, Welsh songs such as ‘Men of Harlech’, ‘Cwm Ronda’, ‘Pemulwuy’ and ‘Anfonav Angel’ along with a selection of mining songs including the moving miners’ anthem “Working Man’ penned by Rita MacNeil. Well known songs such as ‘The Rose’ and ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ brought a tear to the eye of many of the audience.
Sing Australia sang two brackets of songs from Books 3, 4, 5 and SATP 4, led by conductor, Jo Hurrell and supported by assistant conductor, Steph Sharp. It was Steph’s first public performance leading a choir. The local singers were ably accompanied by Daryl Parker.
To conclude the afternoon the two groups combined to sing 3 songs –‘I Dreamed a Dream’ from Les Miserables, ‘Always There’ and a quirky version of ‘Waltzing Matilda’. Sing Australia sang the melodies with the Welsh choir singing dulcet harmonies. Sing Australia members appreciated the honour of singing alongside such talented singers.
For the finale the Welsh Male Choir moved amongst the audience singing “Sunset Poem’, a very moving end to a beautiful concert. Sing Australia provided a generous country afternoon tea for the visitors where they were rewarded with spontaneous a cappella singing. Part proceeds from the day will go to ‘Cystic Fibrosis SA’. Sing Australia was well represented in the audience too. Local past members came to support us as well as a good number of members from Glenelg and Magill groups. Thanks for making the drive north. Glenelg member. Bronte Prestcott was kind enough to bring to Kadina, one of the Victorians who flew in on the Sunday morning.
added note on 21 September
Last week at our Wednesday practice we donated part of our ticket proceeds with a donation of $1100 to Cystic Fibrosis SA which was very gratefully received. In the photo is some of our members at the presentation. Leader John Snodgrass is presenting the cheque to one of our long term members, Elaine Keane, whose son Leigh recently died as a result of cystic fibrosis. The daughter of our concert photographer also lives with cystic fibrosis.
John and Kathy Snodgrass
Comment.. Thanks John and Kathy for the brilliant report and very lovely photos and the follow up report Congratulations all round to you and the members of Kadina for such an extraordinary and wonderful collaboration with the Victoria Welsh Male Choir. What a magificent achievement. I am sorry to have taken so long to post it. I was coming off the tour of WA and preparing for our big O/S tour whish we are embarking on tomorrow. The Sing Australia network has been hitting some really high points in the past few weeks or so. This is right up there. This is a huge credit to you all. A very rewarding gig for Jo and Daryl and a huge debut for Steph. We are hugely proud of you all. ...