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Vocal Education Program Success!

BCS’s vocal education program (VEP) participants celebrated their achievements in fine style on Sunday 4 March with a fashion parade, afternoon tea and a performance in front of family and friends. Thirty women completed the four-week program, which covered the basics of barbershop singing while learning a new song together with current BCS members.

BCS joined by our VEP participants

BCS joined by our VEP participants

Sunday’s event saw over 80 people pack into the hall at Lavalla Centre to enjoy a glass of champagne and watch a short concert by BCS – a valuable opportunity to perform our contest set in front of an appreciative audience in preparation for the national Sweet Adelines contest in Hobart in May. The VEP women joined us on the risers to sing Beyond the Sea. The concert was followed by a parade of fashions from Portofino expertly modelled by volunteers from the chorus, and a lavish afternoon tea.

BCS is always on the lookout for excellent singers to join us, and the standard of VEP singers this year was very high. We are delighted that a number of participants are planning to audition for the chorus after experiencing a taste of BCS over the last four weeks.

New Year’s Resolution: Sing More!

Have you always dreamed of singing in an accomplished vocal group? Have you wanted to, but felt you weren’t good enough? Would you like a chance to learn about a cappella and barbershop while learning some vocal techniques along the way? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to these questions, we’d love to see you at our 2018 Vocal Education Program!

Participants in the 2017 Vocal Education Program performing with BCS at the Vocal Program Finale Event.

Participants in the 2017 Vocal Education Program performing with BCS at the Vocal Program Finale Event.

The program will run for four Thursday nights from 8th February until 1st March at the Lavalla Centre in Paddington. Participants will receive group vocal tuition, learn music with the chorus, and have the opportunity to perform with Brisbane City Sounds at our Vocal Program Finale Event on 4th March.

‘As a 25+ year vocal music teacher, I’m so excited to be leading this group of women and to share with them the joy of singing and the excitement and genuine emotions that music can create!’ says Musical Director, Kelly Shepard.

Our annual auditions will follow the Vocal Education Program, but the program is designed as a stand-alone series of workshops, and there is no obligation to join our chorus. We welcome anyone to come along for four weeks, learn a bit about our style of singing, and have some fun!resized

Registration is $100, which includes learning materials, group vocal tuition and entry to the Finale Event. Sign up now and make 2018 the year that you do something for yourself – something you love, which connects you to like-minded women and brings you joy!

Key dates/times:
Rehearsal 1: Thurs 8th Feb, 6:30-8:30pm
Rehearsal 2: Thurs 15th Feb, 7-8:30pm
Rehearsal 3: Thurs 22nd Feb, 7-8:30pm
Rehearsal 4: Thurs 1st Mar, 7-8:30pm
Finale event: Sun 4th Mar, afternoon (time TBC)

For more information about the program, please contact us.

A New Director For Christmas!

Brisbane City Sounds is proud to announce the appointment of our new Musical Director, Kelly Shepard.  Kelly has recently completed a trial period with the chorus, which included preparing us for our annual Christmas concert, An A Cappella Christmas, on Friday 8th December.

Christmas group photo

Small group "The Merry Singers"

Small group “The Merry Singers”

The very entertaining "Los Trio"

The very entertaining “Los Trio”

Kelly has sung professionally for 25 years, and is well known to many in the barbershop world. He has recently relocated with his family to Australia from the USA, where he performed with the award-winning Barbershop Harmony Society chorus, Masters of Harmony, as well as five-time international bronze medallist quartet, Metropolis. Kelly previously directed Pacific Sound Chorus in California, a cappella group Kol Echad, and the Los Angeles chapter of HaZamir (an international Jewish youth choir).

“I was proud to direct BCS in our first show together,” says Kelly. “They sang beautifully and were a true pleasure to lead. It was great to see all their hard work to pull it all together.”

Kelly with carollers at the Stones Corner Twilight Markets

Kelly with carollers at the Stones Corner Twilight Markets

An A Cappella Christmas followed on from carolling last weekend (at the Christmas in the Creek event at Albany Creek, and at the Stones Corner Twilight Markets), and showcased our Christmas repertoire, our small groups and quartets, a very entertaining ukulele trio, and even a couple of mischievous elves!

If you missed it you still have a chance to catch us at out and about, at St Gerald Majella Church, Chermside West, at 7.30pm Wednesday 20th December, and at Southbank River Quay Green from 6pm Thursday 21st December.


Christmas is Coming!

BCS-ChristmasThe year is flying by, and soon it will be the festive season! Brisbane City Sounds is looking forward to presenting our annual Christmas concert, ‘An A Cappella Christmas’ on Friday 8th December at 7pm in Sacred Heart Church, Paddington.

“An A Cappella Christmas is always a fun show for the whole family,” says Team Coordinator, Julie Edwards. “This year the timing is perfect, because the Paddington Christmas Fair will be held the same day, from 4pm. There will be entertainment including face painting, an animal farm, and Christmas workshops. Sacred Heart Church is only a short walk from the fair, and our concert is a perfect way to finish off the day.”

An A Cappella Christmas will feature all your favourite holiday songs, sung in exquisite four-part harmony by our award-winning choir. Quartets and small groups will also feature, and we love it when everyone in the audience sings along!

Brisbane City Sounds is supporting Communify’s ‘The Pantry’ – a program that provides food to local people who are struggling financially. We encourage audience members to bring along non-perishable food items to An A Cappella Christmas, which we will collect and donate to The Pantry. As a thank-you from Brisbane City Sounds, every donor will receive a voucher for a free item from our supper selection! Additional sweet treats and coffee will also be available for purchase at intermission.

Tickets to An A Cappella Christmas are $15/adult, $10/child, and $30/family – book your seat today!

Sing! A Cappella Harmony Workshop

Australia day 2017Brisbane City Sounds will be hosting an afternoon workshop on 12th November for all women who love to sing! Singers with any level of experience are welcome to this event, where we will introduce you to a cappella music, harmonising, and the barbershop artform.

“Singing a cappella is special because you don’t need instruments or a backing track to make beautiful music – all you need is a few friends,” says BCS Team Coordinator, Julie Edwards. “When you push yourself out of your comfort zone and try something new, you feel an enormous sense of achievement.  BCS is a very supportive and welcoming choir, and we love to introduce – or re-introduce – other women to the wonderful world of group singing!”

At the Sing! A Cappella Harmony Workshop, participants will learn ways to improve breath support, add resonance to their sound, blend better with other singers, and much more.

Whether you’re a complete novice, or an accomplished singer who has been missing group singing, we’d love to meet you on 12th November from midday to 4pm at the Lavalla Centre, 58 Fernberg Rd, Paddington. The registration fee is only $20, which includes group vocal tuition and afternoon tea. Register now, or contact us for more information.