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Posted in choirs, city of fremantle, entertainment, music, Uncategorized by freoview on January 9, 2019


Fremantle’s streets will be alive with the sound of music this April when the Australian National Choral Association brings around 2,500 singers in 40 choirs together for Choralfest 2019.

Choralfest will bring together some of the world’s finest choirs and choral specialists, with over 70 performances in locations around Fremantle during the four-day event. It will have something for everyone, from pub choirs to more formal concerts.

Featured choirs include Kapiti College Chorus from New Zealand, Beulah Mass Choir from Botswana and SAS World Voices from Singapore, with many more choirs from around Australia.

Keynote presenters include Robert Hollingworth of iFagiolini, Mark O’Leary from Young Voices of Melbourne and Jennifer Tham from the SYC Ensemble Singers.

Members of the public can also take part by registering for one of three special choirs – Children, Youth or Community – being formed for the occasion.

Venues hosting concerts during the festival range from the Fremantle Town Hall to the WA Maritime Museum and Clancy’s Fish Pub, with varying styles including pop-up concerts, barbershop, an indigenous choir and contemporary performances.

Choralfest will be held in Fremantle from 13-16 April.

For more information visit the Choralfest website.



Posted in choirs, city of fremantle by freoview on March 6, 2015

The times of just having a whinge on talkback radio, blogs or in letters to editors is over with the introduction of COMPLAINT CHOIRS all over the world. An innovation ideally suited to the grumpy, but creative and musically talented, Fremantle community I believe.

Complaint Choirs were conceived in Finland, made their way to Birmingham in the UK, and there are now 11 of these negative noise groups in Korea.

The Freo community, that feels ignored by Fremantle Council, would probably start a concert with All We Need Is Love, followed with an adaption to the Dylan song For Freo Council Needs a Changing and They’re The Devil in Disguise.

The lack of community consultation could see the revitalisation of the Pat Boone Song Lost Letters In The Sand, but FRRA could prefer Cauldron of Hate by Canibal Corpse or Def Leppard’s When Love and Hate Collide.

Freo Council under conductor Brad Pettitt could respond with its own Choir and sing the Bicycle Song by Red Hot Chilli Peppers, or Bike Ride to the Moon by The Nits. It only takes an additional word to make The Golden Bike Path a new version of the Chemical Brothers rendition.

The possibilities for great complaint concerts are endless and they could in time replace the boring community consultation session local governments run.

Roel Loopers

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