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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.

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.