Bra­ham finds har­mony in role

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - Sara Fitz­patrick

ROBERT Bra­ham hit a high note in his ca­reer in 2011.

He joined Perth cho­ral group Voyces, as con­duc­tor and mu­sic di­rec­tor and con­tin­ues to revel in the role to­day.

“The choir mem­bers are all trained mu­si­cians but they are also very vi­brant and you can get them to mem­o­rise the whole con­cert reper­toire and per­form ex­cit­ing stuff,” he said.

The Voyces’ up­com­ing and fi­nal con­cert of the year, en­ti­tled Re­joice, fea­tures con­tem­po­rary and tra­di­tional carols, sum­mon­ing the Christ­mas spirit.

“It has a clas­si­cal and modern feel so it’s pop­u­lar with the au­di­ence and hav­ing Emma Matthews – one of Aus­tralia’s top op­er­atic so­pra­nos – with us is the ic­ing on the cake,” Bra­ham said.

“Emma used to live in Perth (now Syd­ney) and I worked with her 25 years ago when she was grad­u­at­ing from WAAPA and singing so­los for per­for­mances, which we did at Belvoir Am­phithe­atre and places like that, and then she went on to big­ger and bet­ter things.”

Bra­ham has led var­i­ous en­sem­bles for 30 years and thrives in his day job as Trin­ity Col­lege mu­sic di­rec­tor, en­cour­ag­ing young men to find their voice.

He is look­ing for­ward to a busy Christ­mas Day with family.

Robert Bra­ham at rear, right of foun­tain.

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