This year’s Western District Choral Festival will be in Warrnambool, hosted by the Merri Singers. All choirs in the Western District of Victoria and South Eastern South Australia are invited to attend. Thanks to Philip Shaw for the details below.
Where and When?
The festival will be held in St Joseph’s Church, 169 Kepler St Warrnambool (car park accessed from Raglan Parade, on-street parking in Kepler and Lava Streets.)
The church will be available from 12pm and the concert will start at 1:30pm.
There will be an upright piano as well as a small amp with three inputs available for use by choirs. The amp will be used for announcements and the guitar accompaniment of one of the group songs.
Tea, coffee and toilet facilities will be available in the meeting space next to the church, but afternoon tea following the singing will be in the church hall.
St Joseph’s is wheelchair accessible from the car park, as is the church hall.
We expect each group to have 8 minutes of performance time. Please let us know if you have any special requirements (eg mobility problems for moving into position).
Number of Choirs
To make the afternoon manageable we will be able to host a maximum of 15 choirs at the festival. More than this would necessitate having the afternoon too long or brackets too short. Choirs that have already expressed interest will have first options of attending, after which acceptance will be in order of Registration receipt.
Massed choir songs
Group songs will be a traditional Zulu hymn Thuma Mina and Everything Can Turn Around, a song written for a men’s health flash mob by Warrnambool songwriter Don Cowling. Electronic copies of these will be circulated on acceptance of Registration.
Post-festival tea is traditionally the time that the host of the following year’s WDCF is announced, so now is a good time to start thinking about throwing your hat into the ring. Please let us know if you are interested. Previous hosts are always willing to share hints to make the yoke easier and the burthen lighter!
Please download and complete the registration form attached (either directly in the Word Document or by printing the PDF document and completing manually) and return it to Philip Shaw or as text attachment to 0437 955 887 by Friday 12 April.