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Sister Shout will offer a concert drawn together with powder room intimacies on Saturday, November 18.
The Waiheke women’s choir will perform two shows of The Slipper Room at Morra Hall in Oneroa, from 3pm to 4.40pm and from 7pm to 8.40pm.
The slipper room is another name for the ladies room and the show will be linked with the kind of gossip women exchange in the privacy of bathrooms, member Ursula Dixon said.
New choir director Rachel Derham and several new members are adding fresh energy to the choir, which has been going strong for 25 years, Dixon said.
In September, Sister Shout was selected to perform at Voco Festival, along with other top New Zealand and international choirs.
‘‘A lot of practising and a lot of work goes into each show.
‘‘Some of the songs have quite elaborate arrangements and some are more simple.
‘‘Some are upbeat and fun and some are more about the beauty of the harmonies,’’ Dixon said.
The show will feature songs spanning pop, soul, world and gospel, while the decorations and finger food will have a Mad Men theme. ‘‘We are even creating our own themed cocktail, Pink Slipper Fizz.’’
Alongside the 34-strong Sister Shout choir, a smaller group, Little Sister, and several ‘‘amazingly talented’’ soloists will perform.
Dixon said singing is an important part of all cultures.
‘‘I think singing is good for you - it makes me feel really good.
‘‘It’s a lot of deep breathing like yoga and it’s meditative.
‘‘All you think about is getting your notes right, so you’re clearing your mind and concentrating on your breathing.’’
Derham’s approach to directing emphasises the joy of singing, Dixon said.
The new director is a wellknown jazz singer and also directs a choir in her home town of Titirangi in Auckland.
More singers are wanted to join the Waiheke choir, which holds rehearsals on Thursday nights. Singers used to need to read music, but Derham is accepting members who can sing by ear. Auditions will be held early next year.
Some proceeds from the concert will go to Waiheke Budgeting Service. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for children at www.eventfinda.co.nz and Upcycle in Oneroa.
‘‘Singing is good for you’’ Ursula Dixon