It’s official, people…
…choirs are cool and they’re open to EVERYONE!
Did you know that singing can reinvigorate your sense of wellbeing? Singing is a health kick – I love it. No matter where I am or how embarrassed I make the people I’m with when I break out into song, singing is a must. It’s self-expression and confidence building – especially if you’re part of a choir. I mean, there’s an entire social networking side to it too. Who wants to hide behind a computer monitor all their lives? Sure, it has its appeal but performing is something spectacular…
When you go up on stage you’re free. Performing creates a feeling that is completely unique.There’s nothing quite like it – especially if you feel like more of an audience member…but singing is different. It’s personal and it’s usually a natural talent. To me, natural talent mustn’t be wasted…it’s like having the ability to fly but choosing to stay in a nest your whole life – unfulfilled.
It’s time to fly, everyone. The Festival Chorus Day on Sunday the 13th of February, hosted by the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, attempts to make the shift from speculating to participating fun and easy.
Fresh from a very successful year of performances in which they sang at the BBC Proms Opening Night in London, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs are kicking off 2011 with a recruitment drive.
“The idea behind Open Day is to give the potential singer, as much information about our choirs alongside the opportunity to sing in a large choral ensemble,” says Brett Weymark, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs Artistic Director and conductor.
“If you’re curious about choirs, this is an entertaining and supportive way to find out if it’s the right form of musical expression for you. The workshop aims to be entertaining and fun, and will give people a good idea as to whether they want to stay for the vocal assessments and placing at the end of the session,” says Brett.
The Festival Chorus has been created to serve as a ‘training choir’ for people who have always been interested in singing to determine if choral performance is for them. Perfectly suited to those who are vocal rich yet time poor, the Festival Chorus performs in just two concerts in 2011. This year they will sing one of the 20th Century’s most recognised pop-culture compositions, Orff’s Carmina Burana, made popular in countless tv commercials at the Sydney Opera House in May, and a collection of British choral works at the Sydney Town Hall in September in the collective performance titled Brighton to Bondi.
So, don’t be too scared or think it’s “nerdy”. You know it’s fun, you know you love it – the buck stops with you!
Festival Chorus Open Day
Sunday, 13 February 2011 2-5pm
Sydney Philharmonia Choirs Rehearsal Space
Pier 4 Walsh Bay, Hickson Rd, Millers Point
To register in Festival Chorus Open Day phone (02) 9251 2024
or visit www.sydneyphilharmonia.com.au/openday
Feel free to email as well: firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep on singing!