HEAD­ING NORTH A GREAT IDEA

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE - Aaron Cor­lett

PENRHOS Col­lege will join voices with an ARIA-win­ning a cap­pella quar­tet later this month and they are invit­ing the whole Perth com­mu­nity to get in­volved and sing in har­mony.

Founded in Can­berra in 1993, The Idea of North, who boast 12 al­bums, will head west the week of May 22 to par­tic­i­pate in two main events - The Idea of North - Four Dis­tinct Voices, One Unique Group, and Com­mu­nity Big Sing.

The visit is part of the col­lege’s an­nual Vis­it­ing Artists Pro­gram, de­signed to pro­vide stu­dents with the op­por­tu­nity to col­lab­o­rate with out­stand­ing mu­si­cians, and ex­tend them­selves mu­si­cally.

The Idea of North mem­bers Jo Lawry, Naomi Crellin, Nick Beg­bie and Luke Thomp­son are hop­ing to pass on their knowl­edge, invit­ing the com­mu­nity to join them on May 24 at the Com­mu­nity Big Sing.

Penrhos Col­lege Dean of Co-Cur­ric­u­lar and for­mer Di­rec­tor of Mu­sic Paul McCarthy said be­ing able to sing in a non­threat­en­ing en­vi­ron­ment with out­stand­ing and per­son­able mu­si­cians was a real treat.

“The Com­mu­nity Big Sing ini­tia­tive is aimed at any­one in Perth, re­gard­less of age. We have so many church and com­mu­nity choirs in Perth, not to men­tion all of us who sing in the shower,” he said.

“The idea is to bring all of these peo­ple to­gether for a so­cial night of singing with The Idea of North, and hope­fully pro­vide some in­spi­ra­tion and skill devel­op­ment, in a fun and so­cial en­vi­ron­ment.”

Over the week, The Idea of North will also work with Penrhos, Aquinas and Wes­ley Col­lege cho­ris­ters on vo­cal tech­niques.

On May 26, it will all come to­gether when stu­dents take to the Rixon Theatre stage at Penrhos Col­lege for The Idea of North - Four Dis­tinct Voices, One Unique Group con­cert.

The chorale stu­dents will per­form in­di­vid­u­ally and col­lec­tively with The Idea of North and then the in­ter­na­tion­ally-renowned mu­si­cians will put on a one-hour per­for­mance on their own.

Penrhos Col­lege Dean of Co-Cur­ric­u­lar Paul McCarthy with chorale stu­dents Josie Bar­rett, Alexan­dra Cearns and Ge­or­gette Kruger, and choral di­rec­tor Catherine Clar­nette.

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