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A Cappella Showcase

A Cappella Showcase

8 July 2022  |  8:00 PM  |  Federation Concert Hall  |  $32 - $59

Featuring Tim Wayne-Wright’s A Cappella Workshop Choir, Dr. Kathleen McGuire’s Queer Choir, 

Soulfood, ThylaSing, Deep South Chorus, Hobart Harmony Chorus, and Centenary State High School Choir 

Throughout the centuries, A Cappella singing has been at the heart of cultures the world over. The naked human voice holds an awe-inspiring power that can transcend the mundane and ignite the senses, through both the uniqueness of an individual voice to the richness of ensemble voices.  

One of the festival’s most popular events, the A Cappella Showcase, presents a variety of styles from barbershop through to modern contemporary. Featuring ensembles ranging from 15 to 60 voices, the program highlights the performance outcomes from the A Cappella workshop led by Tim Wayne-Wright and the Queer Choir workshop led by Dr Kathleen McGuire. In addition, the showcase will include a vibrant selection of Australian A Cappella choirs.  

 

Tim Wayne-Wright and the Festival of Voices A Cappella Ensemble. 

Tim Wayne-Wright was a member of the Grammy-winning A Cappella vocal ensemble, The King’s Singers, for 10 years. He was fortunate enough to tour the world, singing over 1500 concerts in some of the world’s greatest venues. Tim has taught over 500 masterclasses and workshops, imparting chamber music skills and techniques to choirs and instrumentalists across the globe.  

Since leaving The King’s Singers in 2018, he continues to thrive as part of the choral scene internationally. Tim is the Artistic Director of CHORALSPACE’s Berlin Winter and Summer Festivals, 2021 – 2023. He also manages an exciting roster of artists and holds consultancy roles with vocal ensembles in both UK and Canada. Tim loves the opportunity to adjudicate choral competitions and to coach choirs of all sizes, taking great pleasure from working with musicians of all ages and ability.  

In March 2021, he emigrated to New Zealand with his Kiwi wife and two children. Tim is absolutely thrilled to call Aotearoa home, and delighted to be coaching so many wonderful performers across the country. 

Dr Kathleen McGuire and the Festival of Voices Queer Choir 

Melbourne-born Kathleen McGuire is a conductor, composer and educator who has worked in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada and England. She spent 18 years in the United States where she earned a doctorate in conducting at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  

Her conducting credits include the Boulder Philharmonic, The Women’s Philharmonic, Community Women’s Orchestra, Empyrean Ensemble, University of Colorado Orchestra, Opera by the Bay (San Francisco), and a decade as Artistic Director of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. She has conducted at some of the world’s finest venues, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Centre, Place des Arts (Montréal) and Sydney Opera House. 

Kathleen is a proud queer conductor, who has devoted her career to social justice advocacy. 

Soulfood 

Soulfood is a multi-award winning Australian A Cappella vocal ensemble based in Sydney. They offer a diverse menu of Motown, soul and retro-pop – reimagined in their signature Soulfood sound, and performed by a seamless 50-voice ensemble. 

ThylaSing

ThylaSing is an A Cappella vocal ensemble based in Hobart. Featuring a unique blend of voices and a captivating stage presence, this energetic vocal ensemble sing a range of contemporary pieces and regularly perform at events around Tasmania.

Deep South Chorus  

Deep South Chorus, Tasmania’s premier close harmony men’s chorus – three times Australia’s best small barbershop chorus. Their repertoire includes lively tunes through to emotional ballads.   

Hobart Harmony Chorus 

Hobart Harmony is a women’s chorus committed to the art of a cappella performance. 

They sing four part A Cappella arrangements of classic and modern songs in both barbershop and contemporary styles. More than just sing, they love to engage with their audience by incorporating expression and movement into performances. 

Members of Hobart Harmony come from all walks of life but all share a real enthusiasm for the fun, friendship, excitement and challenge of performing Barbershop and contemporary music under the direction of Jenni Pyefinch.  

Centenary State High School Choir

Centenary State High School Choir is a mixed Choir with a full group of around 60 students. The group performs regularly at events across the school and the community, with a range of music and styles. The group is led by our choral director Mr Josh Clifford. 

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Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Accessibility Information

Getting to the venue 

  • Federation Concert Hall is within Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, 1 Davey Street, Hobart TAS 7000 
  • A drop off zone located at the front of Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, accessible from the far-right lane of Davey Street, just after Evans Street. 
  • ACROD parking spaces are available at the front of Hotel Grand Chancellor, accessible by using the same entry as the drop-off zone. More ACROD parking can be found along Davey Street by turning into Dunn Place Carpark, on the right past Campbell Street, or turning into the Mures carpark, on the left past Campbell Street. 
  • Please follow this link for a virtual tour of the Federation Concert Hall Auditorium (titled Federation Plenary Hall). Please note that lighting designs will not be as featured in this tour at Festival of Voices events. 

 

Assistive Listening:  

  • TBC 

 

Guide Dogs and service animals are welcome in all FOV event venues. 

 

Language is no barrier in enjoying this performance. 

 

Wheelchair Accessibility: 

  • For wheelchair bookings please contact the festival with specifications and dimensions of the wheelchair and any additional user requirements. 
  • The Federation Concert Hall stalls are accessible from Ground level and the dress circle is accessible for wheelchair users via the lift at reception. 
  • Accessible bathrooms are available at this venue. 

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