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A Cappella Spectacular

A Cappella Spectacular

7 July 2023 | 7:30PM  |  7:30PM  |  Federation Concert Hall | From $22


Cocktail Hour Quartet (TAS) | Deep South Chorus (TAS)
Festival Statesmen (SA) |Hobart Harmony (TAS)
Sound Avenue (QLD) |Southern Voices (VIC)
Featuring Tim Wayne-Wright’s A Cappella Workshop Choir and Chamber Choir, Adelaide’s Festival Statesmen, national award-winning Cocktail Hour Quartet and spectacular a cappella choirs from around Australia.

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 Spectacular, presents a variety of styles from barbershop through to modern contemporary. Featuring ensembles ranging from 4 to 120 voices, the program highlights the performance outcomes from the A Cappella and Chamber Choir Workshops led by former King’s Singer Tim Wayne-Wright. In addition, the showcase will include a vibrant selection of a cappella choirs from around Australia.

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Premium – $59
A Reserve – $49
B Reserve – $39
C Reserve – $29

Concession Tickets
Full time secondary and tertiary students, Pension concession card holders, Senior card holders, Companion card holders, Veteran Affairs, TPI and health care card holders, children under 12

Premium Concession – $52
A Reserve Concession – $42
B Reserve Concession – $32
C Reserve Concession – $22

*A Booking Fee of $3.00 applies, plus a 2.2% Basket Fee which will be calculated at check-out.


1hr 40min

VENUE: Federation Concert Hall

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. 
  • Accessible parking spaces are available in the Hotel Grand Chancellor carpark. To access this space, please drive into the drop-off zone and request valet park the car for you. More accessible 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. 


Guide Dogs / Registered Assistance Animals welcome 


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. 

Tim Wayne-Wright

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 was the Artistic Director of CHORALSPACE's Berlin Winter Festival 2021 and Summer Festival 2022. He manages an exciting roster of artists and holds consultancy roles with vocal ensembles in Canada and Australia.

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. He is the founder of The A Cappella Academy and enjoys travelling globally to spend time with singers, helping them to master the craft of performance. In March 2021, he emigrated to New Zealand with his Kiwi wife and two children. Tim is absolutely thrilled to now call Aotearoa home and delighted to be collaborating with so many wonderful performers across the country.

We are delighted to welcome Tim back to Hobart in 2023.

Photo credit: Marco Borggreve

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Cocktail Hour Quartet

Cocktail Hour Quartet is performing in A Choral Soiree - 5 July | A Cappella Spectacular - 7 July

Cocktail Hour Quartet are a women's a cappella quartet who specialise in singing four-part jazz and barbershop arrangements. The group formed in July 2020, and went on to win third place in the Sweet Adelines Australia national quartet contest in May 2022 and first place in the women's section of Barbershop Harmony Australia's national quartet contest in November the same year.

Image credit: Paul Redding Photographer

Sound Avenue

Brisbane based Sound Avenue is a boutique vocal ensemble, singing a mix of musical genres in close harmony.

Sound Avenue is a Brisbane based mixed voice vocal collective that doesn’t identify as a choir, despite often looking and sounding just like one! We prefer to operate as a contemporary vocal ensemble, with various sizes of performance groups singing a mix of jazz, pop and gospel both with and without musical accompaniment.

We sing a carefully blended mix of jazz standards, pop hits and Broadway showstoppers, mainly advanced a cappella arrangements as well as some jazz and pop with backing track boosts.

Our singers are all experienced musicians who love to shed their everyday skins as Doctors, Accountants, Students, Nurses and Musical Educators and strut their stuff on stage.

Sound Avenue is directed by Jacqueline Larsen who is also the founder and director of Soul Song Choirs.

Festival Statesmen (SA)

The Festival Statesmen is in Voices @ 5 - 5 July | The Art of A Cappella - 5 July | A Cappella Spectacular - 7 July | Sing With Festival Statesmen - 8 July | The Grand Finale Concert - 9 July


Formed in April 2009 by Jonathan Bligh, The Festival Statesmen is a dynamic male voice a cappella group. With repertoire ranging from Contemporary to Classical, the chorus exists to provide a platform for Adelaide singers to achieve vocal and performance excellence.

Image credit: Jack Parker Visuals

Deep South Chorus

The chorus consists of singers of all ages and from all walks of life who share a common goal of musical development and a passion for rich harmony. Its repertoire includes a variety of music in four-part harmony, arranged primarily in the barbershop style.

Deep South has competed in National Barbershop Championships over the past ten years placing in the top 10 in many championships, establishing its place amongst Australia's best barbershop groups. Deep South has also been awarded the trophy for Best Small Chorus in three successive national championships. In 2018, the chorus was awarded Most Improved Chorus for our 10% increase since the previous year.

Deep South sings at many community events, including ANZAC Day, Remembrance Day, Festival of Voices, and Christmas Carols.

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, Hobart Harmony 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.

Hobart Harmony is proud to be Tasmania's only Sweet Adelines chorus. Sweet Adelines International is a worldwide organisation of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education, competition and performance.

Image credit: Amber Scobie Photography

Southern Voices (VIC)

Southern Voices is in Young Tasmania Sings - 5 July | A Cappella Spectacular - 7 July


Southern Voices is a mixed voice choir from Melbourne of talented, dedicated young musicians, whose aim is to provide beautiful music for all occasions. Southern Voices performs a wide range of music from opera to alternative, music theatre to contemporary, and major works to choral classics. A passion for choral music and storytelling through song is what inspires Southern Voices to share their musical journey with audiences wherever they perform.

Southern Voices is directed by Sharon Batterham and accompanied by Kate Denmead.

Image credit: Kerry Bennett



Sharon Batterham is a choral music and vocal specialist, with several years’ experience as a soloist, chorister and conductor. She completed tertiary music studies at the University of Melbourne, with a Bachelor of Music in composition and voice, and a Bachelor of Music Education. Sharon studied voice with Kevin Casey and Hartley Newnham and performed regularly with the Faculty of Music Choir and Chamber Singers.

As a child Sharon sang with the Australian Children's Choir, and performed at several venues throughout Melbourne, regional Victoria and South Australia. Sharon participated in the ACC’s first international tours to Hong Kong and the United Kingdom and worked with various conductors and musical groups during that time. Sharon has also sung with the Royal Philharmonic Choir, Faye Dumont Singers, CHIME Choir and the Australian Youth Choir.

Conducting became a particular interest when Sharon commenced tutoring the training groups of the Victorian Boys' Choir, and she continued developing her skills with positions in the Australian Girls' Choir and the CHIME Choirs. Training in choral pedagogy followed, with Rodney Eichenberger, Andre de Quadros and Doreen Rao, and Sharon was selected from conductors around the world to attend the 3rd Choral Symposium held by the Toronto Children’s Chorus with Jean Ashworth-Bartle.

After a break to raise her family, Sharon is now the Director of Southern Voices, a mixed voice choir of talented and dedicated young musicians. She is in demand as a presenter at choral workshops for all age groups and as an adjudicator at eisteddfods across the country. Sharon is currently developing a conductor and accompanist education program within the structure of Southern Voices, which she hopes will inspire a new generation of choral conductors to pursue the craft. Sharon is the Director of Cantabella, the award-winning choir of Canterbury Girls’ Secondary College; she teaches voice at Killester College and Our Lady of Sacred Heart Bentleigh and is the current Vice President of the Australian National Choral Association’s Victoria/Tasmania branch.

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