By Jane Coker
It was really sunny and verging on warm in May when four community choirs gathered in Victoria’s Mirboo North, South Gippsland to sing together.
Sweet Sassafrass and VoKallista from the Dandenong Ranges visited Acoustic Kitchen and GrandRidge 245 (Mirboo North’s Community Choir), repaying a visit we had made to them, in the Dandenong Ranges last year. Friendships between the groups had previously been established via CMVic singers’ gatherings and had spurred us to get together.
We first met in Kallista last year and it was such immense fun that we just had to do it again!
Each choir leader taught a song to the whole group, the choirs all performed a few songs for each other (the most appreciative and receptive audience you could ever have!) and we also sang lots of short easy rounds and part songs.
The Locals provided a magnificent afternoon tea. The venue had a fabulous view of the Strzelecki Ranges and as the glorious sound of people singing together filled the room, we watched the sun go down over the hills. Afterwards some of the Mirboo North choir members, who have only recently started group singing, sent me these words:
“I can honestly say I have never felt so happy”
“The performances by all the choirs were sooooo good. I enjoyed every minute and the people were all so friendly. Let’s do it again soon. “
“a wonderful afternoon, we enjoyed it immensely.”
It’s a really easy type of event to organise because you have a guaranteed audience! Here’s how:
- Pick which groups you want to invite,
- set a date together,
- book a venue,
- Confirm numbers attending from each group
- Organise volunteers to bring afternoon tea, do the door etc
- Charge people a nominal entry fee to cover costs (we included a fee for the choir leaders too)
- Have a great sing together!
Why not give it a go?