Choral Workshop 2017

2017 Choral Workshop summary 
by Robert Constable, Choral Workshop Director

The 2017 Choral Workshop was a huge success.  It was a great personal pleasure to witness so many singers combining their efforts for such an outstanding result. I was particularly impressed with what was achieved by those participants who don’t regularly sing in a choir. Theirs was a very steep learning-curve and they acquitted themselves admirably. The energy in the Kangaroo Valley Hall was palpable throughout the weekend and particularly during the concert. Most impressive, and gratifying to me personally!!

I also want to thank you for your comments, both made to me, as well as via the survey forms. This feedback will be valuable as we tweak the event for what I feel sure will be further choral workshops. One thing which stood out from the surveys was the often-repeated request for shorter morning and afternoon tea breaks. In response, I want to say that the reason for longer breaks (rather than shorter) was to give your voices time to recover. The strain on each participant’s voice might not be apparent until it begins to disappear altogether, usually towards the end of the day, but given that we had 4 sessions each day, we wanted to make sure that the event was well-paced from a vocal health point of view.

Sam Allchurch, was, of course, a very fine professional leader for the workshop and I hope we can get him again in the future. I have also passed on our congratulations to our pianist, Bethany Morris who played such a good supporting role. 

 

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