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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.

Songs from the Vault

BCS at Brisbane Sings! with David Kidd, performing a song composed by Donna Dyson and Tyrone Noonan. Photo credit: Queensland Show Choir

BCS at Brisbane Sings! with David Kidd, performing a song composed by Donna Dyson and Tyrone Noonan. Photo credit: Queensland Show Choir

Following our first performance in Brisbane Sings!, Brisbane City Sounds has continued our collaboration with Donna Dyson, 2016 ASA-APRA Songwriter of the Year (title shared with Damien Leith). On 14th October at 8:30pm, Donna will be presenting “Songs from the Vault”, which will showcase some of the remarkable songs from her extensive catalogue.

BCS feels privileged to be performing two beautiful works in the concert – one alongside ARIA award-winning musician Tyrone Noonan. Other soloists and choirs performing in the show include Damien Leith, David Willersdorf, Hillbrook Chorale, Vox, Queensland Show Choir, Kat Bryant, Fran Morris, Tony Dee, Bek Hull, Sophie Banister, and surprise international guests! A highlight of this concert is that audience members will be given a rare insight into the stories behind each of the songs performed.

“This concert is about my music and those I compose for,” says Donna. “I’m so honoured to open the song vault for one night only and raise funds for MS”. Join us for this special event at Bille Brown Studio, 78 Montague Rd South Brisbane.

Book your tickets now!

Brisbane City Sounds with award-winning composer, Donna Dyson (front row, centre right)

Brisbane City Sounds with award-winning composer, Donna Dyson (front row, centre right)

Music is for All

Brisbane City Sounds were proud to take to the QPAC Concert Hall stage on the 6th August 2017, as part of Brisbane Sings!

Credit: Queensland Show Choir

Credit: Queensland Show Choir

Brisbane Sings brought together choirs from all over Brisbane and surrounds, forming a 500-strong massed choir.  As part of the massed choir, we had fun presenting a varied repertoire from artists such as Billy Joel  and Ricky Martin.

Soloist David Kidd performs with BCS. Credit: Brisbane Show Choir

Soloist David Kidd performs with BCS.
Credit: Queensland Show Choir

In addition to the massed choir performance, we were excited to premiere a new song by singer-songwriter Tyrone Noonan and 2016 APRA ASA Australian Songwriter of the Year, Donna Dyson.  We performed “Music is for All” alongside soloist David Kidd, past member of the Ten Tenors and current member of Tenori.

Credit: Brisbane Show Choir

Credit: Queensland Show Choir

BCS was also chosen  to present a song from our own repertoire, “Warrior”, which is a moving piece reflecting the strength we have as women.  We would like to thank guest director Jill Harris for working with us on this piece and leading us on stage.

It was an honour to work with the inspiring Donna Dyson on this project, and we look forward to the opportunities that our new friendship with Donna may bring.  Watch this space!

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Brisbane Sings!

BCS were joined at rehearsal by three members of the Brisbane Sings! team: Musical Director Craig Allister Young (centre right), Producer and Soloist David Kidd (centre left), and Composer in Residence Donna Dyson (centre).

BCS were joined at rehearsal by three members of the Brisbane Sings! team: Musical Director Craig Allister Young (centre right), Producer and Soloist David Kidd (centre left), and Composer in Residence Donna Dyson (centre).

Brisbane City Sounds Chorus will take to the QPAC Concert Hall stage on Sunday 6 August, having proudly been chosen to perform an original song with David Kidd – past member of the Ten Tenors, and current member of Tenori.  BCS will also has the honour of performing one of our own songs, as well as the opportunity of joining other Brisbane groups to form a combined choir of 500 voices as part of Brisbane Sings!

BCS was selected to perform with David Kidd after Donna Dyson, 2016 APRA ASA Australian Songwriter of the Year, attended one of the chorus’s weekly rehearsals.

“I adore discovering new (to my radar) choirs who skulk away in community and school halls singing their hearts out and soaring to exceptional levels,” enthused Donna. “Brisbane City Sounds you are my jewel find of 2017! I adore composing for you! Welcome to BrisbaneSings2017!”

BCS members are very excited about this amazing opportunity!

Tickets for Brisbane Sings! are now available at QPAC.

BCS Welcomes New Members

Brisbane City Sounds is proud to welcome six new members onto the risers.

New members Anne, Helen, Sheila and Krutika.

New members Anne, Helen, Sheila and Krutika.

These new members first joined us via our annual Vocal Education Program, after which they passed an audition and became prospective members. They then completed a 3-month onboarding period, during which they learnt several new songs and gained an understanding of chorus expectations .

BCS have been running an onboarding program for several years now, and have found that this period of time before full membership is beneficial for our new singers to find out if BCS is the choir  for them.  During the onboarding period, new singers attend vocal production classes during rehearsal, and are offered individual instruction on vocal technique and physical movement / showmanship skills.  It’s also an opportunity for our onboarders to get to know us and experience the culture of BCS before completely committing to membership.

Rose cafe

BCS entertaining at Rose Cafe

Our new members have recently had the opportunity to sing with BCS at “Christmas in July” at the Rose Café, Bayside Uniting Church Manly, where we performed some much-loved Christmas carols as well as other repertoire.  Rose Café is an initiative for women run by volunteers from the church; it is a similar concept to the Men’s Shed movement, providing a place for women to meet and engage with other women.  BCS were honored to be invited to sing, and had a lovely time entertaining the crowd.

New member Courtney busy cooking up a storm with Suzie and Marnie

New member Courtney busy cooking up a storm with Suzie and Marnie

Another introduction to BCS culture for our new members was taking part in the running of a sausage sizzle at Bunnings Stafford.  There  is stiff competition for sausage sizzle dates at this busy store, so we were very lucky to secure a fundraiser at the end of the school holidays.  Thanks to the efforts of our members and their families, this sausage sizzle was both a great revenue raiser and a fun event!

Brisbane City Sounds has more exciting performances in the near future.  Keep an eye of the website and our Facebook page for further information coming soon!