The Courier-Mail

PUB CHOIR OFF COUCH, ON TOUR

- RACHAEL ROSEL

QUEENSLAND’S world-renowned Pub Choir is finally back after an enforced 12-month hiatus.

Last year, the popular choir was forced to transform into the housebound Couch Choir due to pandemic-related lockdowns.

Now, it’s back in full force on a regional tour of half a dozen Queensland towns.

Pub Choir founder and director Astrid Jorgensen said although Couch Choir was perfect for lockdown, nothing beats a live performanc­e. “We have to do a few things differentl­y, socially distanced and COVID-safe under the directions of Queensland Health, but the joy will be the same, if not even more so, because for the first time in over a year it will be live in person.”

The special tour has been given the green light thanks to the $11.5m Raising the Bar relief fund from Bundaberg Rum to help support the hospitalit­y sector. Bundaberg Rum marketing manager Duncan Littler said it was important for people to be able to enjoy going out while maintainin­g strict hygiene standards. “The pub is often the heart and soul of regional communitie­s and people missed that social element during the height of the pandemic.”

The April 20-May 2 tour will visit Bundaberg, Dalby, Toowoomba, Cairns, Townsville, Magnetic Island and Emerald.

 ??  ?? Astrid Jorgensen and Waveney Yasso are taking their music on the road, Picture: Richard Walker
Astrid Jorgensen and Waveney Yasso are taking their music on the road, Picture: Richard Walker

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