Voyces raised on de­but CD

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Weekly Life - SARA FITZ­PATRICK

MAK­ING their de­but al­bum was a tri­umph for Voyces choir mem­bers, but it was not with­out its chal­lenges.

Get­ting all 35 vo­cal­ists to­gether at the one time was the first hur­dle, then se­cur­ing a proper stu­dio and sched­ul­ing mu­si­cians and record­ing equip­ment fol­lowed.

“It wasn’t the eas­i­est job in the world but it was well worth it,” Ned­lands choir pres­i­dent Luke Dono­hoe said.

“Ev­ery­one put in so much ef­fort in terms of learn­ing the mu­sic and hav­ing to be on the ball be­cause we were record­ing on Tues­day nights af­ter 7pm, so ev­ery­one had done a full day of work or uni and were tired.”

Dono­hoe said he had wanted to record an al­bum for sev­eral years and now was the ideal mo­ment to make it hap­pen.

“As one of the lead­ing choirs in Aus­tralia, I think it’s im­por­tant that we pro­mote our own mu­sic and I also think it’s im­por­tant that we do it for our own well­be­ing,” he said.

“It’s vi­tal we keep push­ing our­selves to do new things and keep sup­port­ing the genre of mu­sic that we aim to sup­port and one of the best ways to do that is to make a CD.

“We can sell it, put it on­line, pro­mote it and send it around the world so those who don’t know there’s a great choral mu­sic scene in Aus­tralia, those who might be from places who don’t get ex­posed to it reg­u­larly, can ac­cess it just as eas­ily as you or I.”

Voyces will cel­e­brate its fifth an­niver­sary this year.

“We set out to re­ally fo­cus on con­tem­po­rary choral mu­sic; it was be­ing done over­seas a lot but not re­ally here,” Dono­hoe said.

“Since start­ing, we’ve grown in size and qual­ity; we’ve sung at the open­ing of PIAF and with Katie Noo­nan and Adele.

“We also try to en­sure we’re pro­mot­ing the qual­ity of our mem­bers by mak­ing sure they’re ex­posed to other mu­si­cal op­por­tu­ni­ties, rather than just singing with Voyces.”

Voyces launches its self-ti­tled al­bum, fea­tur­ing 12 tracks with mu­sic by Aus­tralian com­posers, at a con­cert next week.

The CD will be avail­able at www.voyces.com.au and from dig­i­tal stores af­ter the launch.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d469593

Voyces mem­bers Joshua Adams, Gabrielle Scheg­gia, Luke Dono­hoe and Jade Hansen. The choir has recorded its first al­bum.

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