Joy­ful group cre­ates mov­ing melodies

Myrtleford Times - - News -

CEL­E­BRAT­ING a quar­ter of a cen­tury in ex­is­tence this year, Bright Singers will once again play an in­te­gral part in the Bright Au­tumn Fes­ti­val.

Headed up by mu­si­cal di­rec­tor An­gela Ish­er­wood and ac­com­pa­nist Jill Chal­well, the group will be per­form­ing three con­certs at the Bright Com­mu­nity Cen­tre dur­ing the fes­ti­val.

These con­certs will be held at 8pm on Wed­nes­day, May 2 and Fri­day, May 4, and at 2pm on Sun­day, May 6.

Ms Ish­er­wood said those at­tend­ing the con­certs would be treated to a range of ex­cel­lent mu­sic, in­clud­ing se­lec­tions from pop­u­lar mu­si­cals such as West Side Story and Phan­tom of the Opera, songs from renowned com­posers like Irv­ing Ber­lin, spir­i­tu­als and much more.

She has been in­volved with the group for a year, and said all in­volved with the group are keen and com­mit­ted singers who love per­form­ing for the pub­lic.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to be­ing part of the fes­ti­val,” she said.

Bright Singers were first founded in 1993 as an Alpine Shire initiative to foster ac­cess to the arts in the re­gion and was orig­i­nally known as Bright Com­mu­nity Choir be­fore chang­ing its name.

The choir sup­ports it­self through an­nual sub­scrip­tions and var­i­ous per­for­mances through­out the year.

Now with 15 core mem­bers, the group al­ways per­forms dur­ing the Bright Au­tumn Fes­ti­val, as well as giv­ing two Carols con­certs each Christ­mas.

Their re­hearsals take place each Tues­day night be­tween 7.30-9.30pm.

New mem­bers are al­ways wel­come and mem­ber­ship and other en­quiries can be di­rected to Kevin and Beth Reed on (03) 57501213.

Any­one wish­ing to at­tend one of the Bright Singers’ con­certs listed above can ob­tain tick­ets for $12 (chil­dren free) at Coun­try Col­lectibles in Ire­land Street or at the door.

Sup­per at the con­certs is avail­able for a gold coin do­na­tion to a lo­cal char­ity.

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