Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - TANYA MACNAUGHTON

MANY peo­ple would as­so­ci­ate a choir with a per­for­mance they see in church, but the reper­toire Voyces con­tem­po­rary choir pre­sent is far from this stereo­type.

“We are very unchurch-like; it’s still very tonal and easy to lis­ten to but it’s not like you’re at a Mass,” Voyces president Luke Dono­hoe said. “We’re the only choir in WA that fo­cuses wholly on con­tem­po­rary choral mu­sic.

“There are lots of other choirs that will throw a piece in their program here and there, but our re­spon­si­bil­ity or our mantra is to do con­tem­po­rary choral mu­sic, so that means do­ing it all the time, mak­ing sure we do it well and that we don’t al­ways just per­form pieces peo­ple know by fa­mous com­posers.

“We’re rep­re­sent­ing con­tem­po­rary choral com­posers, po­ten­tially not just the ones you’ve heard of, and given we are an Aus­tralian choir, mak­ing sure we are per­form­ing a lot of Aus­tralian com­posers too.”

Dono­hoe, who lives in Clare­mont, grad­u­ated from Trin­ity Col­lege and stud­ied mu­sic per­for­mance at UWA, be­gan Voyces in 2012 af­ter the WA Youth Choir ended. Many found­ing mem­bers came from the WA Youth Choir and he en­listed the help of Trin­ity Col­lege head of mu­sic Dr Robert Bra­ham as mu­si­cal di­rec­tor.

“It’s a lot of work with sleep­less nights and I’m only 30 but there are grey hairs,” Dono­hoe said. “It’s all worth it.” Next on the Voyces program is con­cert Spin at Church­lands Con­cert Hall on Satur­day, June 18, which will fea­ture a 29-strong choir plus eight soloists, in­clud­ing vo­cal soloists, per­cus­sion­ists, a didgeri­doo player and pi­anist.

Fea­tured com­posers range from Matthew Orlovich and Stephen Adams to Lawrence Whif­fin, Ger­ard Bro­phy and Caleb Burhans.

“Spin is a unique con­cert made of con­tem­po­rary choral works that we think through our re­search haven’t been per­formed in WA be­fore,” Dono­hoe said.

“There are a lot of Aus­tralian com­posers and some in­ter­na­tional com­posers, but the main fo­cus is stag­ing the con­tem­po­rary choral mu­sic more the­atri­cally in terms of stage move­ment, light­ing and vi­su­als to en­hance or com­ple­ment the pieces.

“It makes it more ex­plana­tory, log­i­cal and will be a great piece of mu­si­cal pro­duc­tion.”

Picture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d455306

Gabrielle Scheg­gia, Jade Hansen, Laura Ig­gles­den and Luke Dono­hoe.

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