Canberra Voices – what a colourful crowd

What a lovely afternoon at the Belconnen Arts Centre – a full house, beautiful music by Canberra composers, great performances by our guest choirs, and a fascinating Q&A session with the composers afterwards, facilitated by Helen Musa. All topped off by a City News review.

CCS creating 'surround sound' for Nunc Dimittis by Ruth Lee Martin

CCS creating ‘surround sound’ for Nunc Dimittis by Ruth Lee Martin

Thanks to Peter Hislop for these wonderful photos of the afternoon.

The Turner Trebles (conducted by Tobias Cole) and accompanist Anthony Smith

The Turner Trebles (conducted by Tobias Cole) and accompanist Anthony Smith

Tobias Cole in costume for 'Caterpillar of Society' by Martin and Peter Wesley-Smith

Tobias Cole in costume for ‘Caterpillar of Society’ by Martin and Peter Wesley-Smith

Luminescence Chamber Singers conducted by Daniel Brinsmead

Luminescence Chamber Singers conducted by Daniel Brinsmead

 

Kompactus

Kompactus

CCS Chorus in glorious colour

CCS Chorus in glorious colour

Composer panel (L to R): Olivia Swift, Daniel Brinsmead, Calvin Bowman, Helen Musa (facilitator), Ruth Lee Martin, Anthony Smith

Composer panel (L to R): Olivia Swift, Daniel Brinsmead, Calvin Bowman, Helen Musa (facilitator), Ruth Lee Martin, Anthony Smith

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Relax before dinner with the sounds of Canberra Voices

Hmm, what to do before dinner on Saturday 22 March?

  • Mow the lawn
  • Surf the internet
  • Relax at a beautiful pre-dinner concert of music by Canberra composers.

If the last takes your fancy, join us at the Belconnen Arts Centre from 5pm on Saturday 22 March. Canberra composers can be cheeky, uplifting, political, ethereal, rhythmic, entertaining, sublime, and everything in between — which makes for a great concert!

We began exploring local composers in 2013 with The Best Choral Music Ever Written by an Australian with a Canberra Connection (the longest title in the program of the Canberra Centenary!). Our audience were amazed at the richness of the music of our city, transported by its beauty, tickled by its wit, and urged us to present more.

So we are thrilled to begin Canberra’s second century with Canberra Voices, a concert featuring more works by Calvin Bowman, Daniel Brinsmead, Sally Greenaway, Ruth Lee Martin, Anthony Smith, Olivia Swift, Martin Wesley-Smith and Sally Whitwell.

The backdrop of Lake Ginninderra provides the perfect setting to showcase our five choirs — CCS Chorus, CCS New Voices, Kompactus, Luminescence Chamber Singers, Turner Trebles — and Anthony Smith (pianist), under the direction of CCS Artistic Director Tobias Cole.

And there are plenty of restaurants nearby so you can have a relaxing dinner afterwards!

Canberra Voices

5pm Saturday 22 March
Belconnen Arts Centre

Conducted by Tobias Cole, CCS Artistic Director
Featuring CCS Chorus, CCS New Voices, Kompactus, Luminescence Chamber Singers, Turner Trebles and Anthony Smith (pianist)
Tickets from www.trybooking.com/76666

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Free workshop and opportunity to audition!

If you’ve ever thought about joining the Canberra Choral Society, grab your diary and block out the afternoon of 22 February. That’s when we are offering a free “Preparing to Sing in a Choir” workshop at the School of Music, conducted by everyone’s favourite choral conductor – CCS Artistic Director Tobias Cole.

You’ll sing some wild and whacky exercises (and find out why they help you be a good choir singer), get some practical tips on singing, meet a few choir members, and have lots of fun!

If you would like to try out for a permanent place in CCS, individual auditions will be held straight after the workshop while your voice is still “warmed up”, helping you to sing your best. (See here for further details about our auditions process.) If you don’t want to audition this time, that’s fine too, you are welcome to just do the workshop.

We also invite you to join us at one of our rehearsals prior to the workshop (10 and 17 February) to give you an experience of the CCS Chorus, and a chance to ask any questions you may have.

To reserve your place in the workshop (and book an individual audition if you want to), please contact CCS President Alison White at awhite54 [at] hotmail.com or 0451 681 885.

Workshop: 1-2pm Saturday 22 February, Foster Room, School of Music.

Photographer: Peter Hislop

CCS and guest choristers – Messiah, 2013 [Photographer: Peter Hislop]

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A glorious end to 2013

What a way to wrap up our part in Canberra’s centenary – another “Canberran of the Year” for our Artistic Director Tobias Cole from Canberra Times columnist Ian Warden:

“While on the subject of goosebump-raising singing voices, Canberra’s greatest vocal  goosebump-raiser is Tobias Cole the counter-tenor. He materialised (an unprogrammed surprise) singing as Queen Elizabeth I in his and the Canberra Choral Society’s production Great Performances in the Albert Hall – the first 25 years. Cole, this column’s 2012 Canberran of the year, gets that gong for 2013 as well, in part for staging things so progressive, so unpretentious and so excellent. Concert-going, music loving Canberrans speak of him with the fondness with which, in his heyday, football-loving Canberrans used to speak of Mal Meninga. (Canberra Times, 31 December 2013)

This follows a great review for our Messiah a couple of weeks earlier!

Photographer: Peter Hislop

Our colourful performance of Handel’s Messiah, 14 December 2013. Conducted by Graham Abbott (centre), with soloists (L to R) Andrew Collis (bass), Janet Todd (soprano), Tobias Cole (alto), Robert Macfarlane (tenor). Photographer: Peter Hislop

We’ll be back in 2014 with even more beautiful music and innovative programming. See you then!

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