Find­ing their voices

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

THE Wes­ley Col­lege Cho­rale put on some very public per­for­mances be­fore jet­ting off to Syd­ney for a ma­jor singing event.

THE Wes­ley Col­lege Cho­rale put on some very public per­for­mances be­fore jet­ting off to Syd­ney.

Mem­bers of the cho­rale gath­ered on An­gelo Street for a sur­prise flashmob singing ses­sion on July 4, be­fore head­ing to the South Perth Se­nior Cit­i­zens Cen­tre for an­other per­for­mance.

The per­for­mances were part of prepa­ra­tion for the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, for which the group headed to Syd­ney on Sun­day.

The cho­rale will per­form at a num­ber of lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing the Syd­ney Opera House, un­til July 16.

Wes­ley Col­lege mu­sic teacher and cho­rale di­rec­tor Vivien Ling said the per­for­mances around South Perth came af­ter three hours of re­hearsals.

“I was not try­ing to put too much ex­tra pres­sure on the stu­dents, we usu­ally prac­tise once a week,” she said.

“There are 37 kids go­ing over for the event, which is not all of the cho­rale.

“We have about 50 mem­bers and this was the first time the group had re­hearsed as the ex­act choir go­ing over.

“The flashmob was my crazy idea, I had looked at some YouTube videos and wanted to do it.

“The stu­dents were en­thu­si­as­tic about it be­cause it was a bit dif­fer­ent from a reg­u­lar per­for­mance.”

Mrs Ling said it was the first time the cho­rale had taken part in a per­for­mance tour in a while, with the last one about five years ago.

“I’ve been told there are go­ing to be more than 1000 per­form­ers at the event, so it’s go­ing to be hu­mungous,” she said. “I wanted to give the kids an op­por­tu­nity to per­form in some­thing big­ger than them­selves.

“We’ll be per­form­ing with mem­bers of the school’s Cham­ber Strings, who are all also cho­rale mem­bers.”

The Wes­ley Col­lege Cho­rale per­form at the South Perth Se­nior Cit­i­zens Cen­tre.

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