Yarrawonga Mulwala will be the epicenter of a unique festival potentially involving up to 1,000 singers from choirs from all over the region and Melbourne.
Headlined by Dr Jonathon Welch AM, conductor and creator of the renowned ‘Choir of Hard Knocks’, the Festival of 1000 Voices will be held on the Victorian Labor Day long weekend, March 10 and 11, and will involve a gathering of choirs over the two days.
Event Chairman Andrew Brown said the event idea was born after fellow committee member Vivian Spilva attended a music cruise, where various keynote performers appeared, including Jonathan Welch.
“From there we (local choir group - Lakeside Voices) began talks with Jonathon who has been most generous in supporting the event and is fully committed to reaching out in our regional area.
“We are very excited to have Jonathon and his choirs coming, it’s a real coup for our first festival.
“We plan to run this first event with a modest approach but since we started the planning last year the response has been fantastic and we can really see its potential,” Andrew said.
The committee has already confirmed three major choirs plus many regional choirs attending the festival. The weekend is made up of Choir Master Classes, Saturday evening Concert and massed choir concert starring “The Choir of Hard Knocks” on the Sunday.
Also featured will be the Indigenous “Dhungala Children’s Choir” from Shepparton, directed by Deborah Cheetham AO.
“This is going to be a real spectacle and we are excited to bring this to Yarrawonga Mulwala,” Andrew said.
“The gathering of many choirs towards the 1,000 Voices concept for the weekend is very unique.”
“This event would not be happening without the generous support of our major sponsors Club Mulwala and Across the Arts”.
For more information about the Festival of 1,000 Voices, contact Andrew Brown on 0414 397 802.