Local choirs to shine

By Yarrawonga Chronicle

A host of local choirs will feature at this weekend’s Festival of 1000 Voices with eight choirs from around the region adding to the talented line-up of Melbourne and interstate choirs.

The local choirs, which range from three singers to 30, will take to the stage at the Yarrawonga Town Hall this Saturday, May 18 and Sunday May 19.

The smallest choir to represent their area will be the Oaklands Central School featuring one teacher and two students.
Other choirs will come from Echuca/Deniliquin, Nathalia,Wangaratta and of course Yarrawonga’s very own ‘Lakeside Voices’.

Event Chairman Andrew Brown said this year’s event has attracted some great acts but he is also excited about the performance of the local choirs. 

“It is going to be a fantastic festival line-up of varied and incredible local talent.  

“The festival has also attracted the acclaimed ‘Young Voices of Melbourne’ with conductor Mark O’Leary, one of the country’s best un-auditioned choirs ‘The Devine Divas of Sunbury’ with guest conductor and renowned Musical Director Adam Przewlocki and talented vocal jazz quartet ‘The Velvetones’ with guest conductor Claire Patti,” Mr Brown said.

“Adam Prwezlocki is also bringing a new choir, the ‘ArtsFusion Glee Club’ from Sunbury who will also be participating in the festival and singing alongside the local choirs on Saturday evening.”

Mr Brown said numbers of participating choristers is just on 200 with the massed choir for the finale of the Sunday concert potentially having up to 250 people on stage and on the floor of the hall.

The massed choir will be presenting six pieces; two for women’s choir; two for the men’s choir and then two for the combined (mixed) choir to finish the Sunday concert.
“The gathering of many choirs towards the 1,000 voices concept for the weekend is very unique,” he said 

“We also would like to thank our major sponsors ClubMulwala and Across the Arts for their on-going support,” Mr Brown said.

Tickets for the festival will be available at the door, half an hour before each concert or you can purchase tickets at Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourism phone: (03) 5744 1989. See Good Times lift-out inside this edition for more.