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HORNSBY singing EISTEDDFOD
On Saturday the 16th of September 2017, our Vocal Ensemble including a trio participated in the Hornsby Singing Eisteddfod. The group as a whole were awarded first place in their category with a mark of 98/100 and the trio came second in their category with a mark of 95/100. Given that we were short three members from the group at the time and were still awarded places is a testament to our singers hard work and dedication! Congratulations everyone!
FIRST PLACE WIN
AT THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL EISTEDDFOD IN CANBERRA!
Report by Amelia Nell
In August 2017, the Vocalocity Vocal Ensemble piled into two cars bound for Canberra for two nights along with my tremendously fabulous fellow BMus graduate (and very brave!) friend, Megan.
After six months of intense rehearsals and fundraising efforts, on Saturday the 19th of August the day had finally arrived - we were ready to participate in The Australian Choral Challenge - Open Group! The spirit in the warm up room backstage was palpable. There seemed to be an energy pulsating through the group as it dawned on everyone that this was the moment we'd been working for. I was so proud and impressed when instead of me giving my usual little pep talk, it was our singers who were lifting each others' spirits with mutual encouragement to go out there and do their very best, which is all any teacher can ask for!
When we stepped out on that stage, it was just magic. Everyone was so in sync, banding together with a sheer determination to just give it our all and leave nothing behind. The audience was right there with us, and everyone who had helped along the way were with us in spirit as we radiated our motto of "Fun! Fabulous! & Flair" in true Vocalocity style. We sang our hearts out.
We were very happy with how it all went and we all agreed afterwards that it was the best performance we'd ever done. Then camethe big win, which was just icing on the cake! We were all in shock and disbelief at the announcement - I literally fell off my chair and had a ringing in my ear from Madi's scream! It meant so much to all of us in terms of the realisations it brought. It gave our singers the confidence to realise just how good they are and it gave me the professional validation that I must really be doing something right.
Something very special happened that day. The win was amazing, but what was even more amazing was the fire and the joy I saw light up within our singers on that stage. It's a moment I'll never forget. I will however try to forget the embarrassing moment when I cried into the lovely adjudicator's hair!
'SINGING FOR OUR SUPPER!' - FUNDRAISING CONCERT
When we first had the idea to take our vocal ensemble to the Australian National Eisteddfod in Canberra, it soon became clear that we were going to need to figure out a way to raise the money to get us there and back!
We decided to hold a fundraising concert we entitled 'Singing For Our Supper!' on Saturday 15th July, 2017 at the beautiful Wentworth Falls School of Arts Theatre. We had great media coverage to advertise the event with several local marketing agencies kindly displaying our poster on their various media platforms, and Amelia even did a radio interview about the event (during which there may or may not have been a slightly embarrassing impromptu song outburst).
A fantastic night was had by all. The vocal ensemble performed, as did soloists from the group and Amelia's friend and former university lecturer, saxophonist Jason Thornton made an appearance with his jazz fusion band, JT3. Everyone performed beautifully and our audience enjoyed champagne and canapés at interval, which have quickly become Vocalocity staples at our concerts!
We had some truly fabulous raffle prizes donated from several local businesses and we would like to say a very big thank you again to our wonderfully generous sponsors and to everyone who supported us through the event - we couldn't have done it without you!
We just participated in our very first competition - The Sydney Eisteddfod. In an open age category amongst older choirs of 16 members who have been singing together for many years, our little group of six brought home third place! Congratulations to our singers - we couldn't be prouder!
Photograph courtesy of Eames K Photography - www.eamesk.com