Voices at 5
Fri 2 July & Mon 5 - Fri 9 July | 5PM | Hobart Town Hall | All ages | $10
Back by Popular Demand
After a successful run in 2019, Voices at 5 returns to the Hobart Town Hall. Join us after work for an hour of vocal excellence.
Friday 2 July: Hobart Harmony & Exaudi
Hobart Harmony (Tasmania)
A women’s chorus committed to the art of a cappella performance. Members come from all walks of life, from students to new mums to grandmas, but together they share a real enthusiasm for the fun, friendship and the excitement and the challenge of performing Barbershop 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.
One of Melbourne’s leading Youth Choirs consisting of experienced choral singers aged 18–28. Exaudi takes its name from the Latin word meaning “listen to us” or “understand us”. The choir seeks to “fill the gap” between choristers’ experiences in their community children’s choir or school groups and adult community choirs.
“Exaudi combines artistic awareness and integrity with boundless vitality and a real understanding of blend and ensemble in a wide range of styles… [they are] ambassadors for all that is best in Australian choral singing.“
“Vibrant singing… Fine ensemble… so much to enjoy.“
Prof. William Hawkey, MBE
Monday 5 July: TSO Chorus & Allegri Vocal Ensemble
With 28 years of performances to its credit, the TSO Chorus can proudly add the opportunity to work with Stephen Layton to its most recent highlights, alongside masterclasses with Simon Halsey and Graham Abbott.
In a landmark performance in March 2020 under the direction of the new TSO Chief Conductor, Eivind Aadland, the chorus sang Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem to an empty hall. Filmed and recorded, this performance heralded the ground-breaking TSO Daily Dose series.
The evolving relationship with conductors Marko Letonja and Johannes Fritzsch has continued to demonstrate the versatility of the 90 strong chorus, with programs of operatic, symphonic and liturgical repertoire attracting critical acclaim.
Away from its Hobart home, the TSO Chorus has created a notable presence interstate through collaborative performances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Add Berlin and Barcelona where the voices of the TSO Chorus have been heard, and the dynamism of this chorus is evident.
Under the direction of Chorusmaster June Tyzack, the TSO choristers explore the extremes of a cappella repertoire for festivals and contrastingly delight in taking much-loved choral works to Regional Tasmania.
Outdoor rehearsals through the winter were a feature of 2020 culminating in The Sunrise Project. To read what June has in store for 2021 and to watch The Sunrise Project film click here.
Allegri Vocal Ensemble (Tasmania)
Allegri Ensemble comprises a tightly-knit group of Hobart’s finest choral singers drawn from many local choirs, some of whom are soloists in their own right.
The choir was established by Andrew Bainbridge, beginning with sell-out performances of Messiah in 2010 and 2011. Currently under the direction of Jonathan Wallis, the Allegri Ensemble continues to go from strength to strength, performing numerous concerts each year with repertoire spanning from the Medieval period to the modern day.
Tuesday 6 July : Deep South Chorus
Deep South Chorus (Tasmania)
Hobart’s premier men’s close harmony chorus, providing opportunities for men of all ages and walks of life to engage in camaraderie and friendship whilst exploring their voice. Ranging from lively up-tunes to emotional ballads, there is a style and group for everyone.
Wednesday 7 July: Viral Choir & Thylasing
Viral Choir (Queensland)
The Viral Choir was launched in March 2020 when the global pandemic threatened to keep us from singing.
As we saw communities and choirs across the world closing temporarily in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19, Jacqueline Larsen created a new way of allowing people to sing together –
Throughout 2020, The Viral Choir saw a few hundred members from all over the world join in and quickly saw a clear community emerge. Their spirit and songs created real connections with people who no longer felt isolated and who – most importantly – got to keep singing!!
Viral Choir members can either participate on demand or as subscription members.
ThylaSing was formed in July, 2017, as an a cappella vocal ensemble designed to give talented and experienced singers an exciting and innovative group to sing and perform with.
At any one time the ensemble has about 16 singers in the group, covering all voice types. “We sing music in at least 4 parts, and often in 5 or 6 parts and up to 8 sometimes! Most of our members read music well and can sight-sing to various levels of ability. We learn music quickly and work hard to polish and refine pieces. As a group we work quite collaboratively, with each singer feeling able to suggest ideas or solutions to musical problems.”
The Thylasing repertoire is mostly contemporary, but they do sing music in other styles. Everything is unaccompanied with the challenge of performing everything from memory.
The Musical Director is Aaron Powell, and he is assisted by Hannah Powell and Jeremy Just. The musical directors have a wealth of experience in various performing and directing capacities, and also sing in the group.
Thursday 8th July: Formant and Newcastle Chamber Choir
This Brisbane-based vocal sextet was established by artistic director Amber Evans with the intention to bring together a talented pool of musicians to fill a much-needed demand for professional, non-institutionalised vocal chamber music in Queensland. The ensemble’s ethos involves interpreting a wide array of musics to a quality standard with an emphasis on versatility and flexibility in performance, and to provide opportunities for composers of today to collaborate and workshop new music for live performance and/or recording projects. Formed in August 2020 in the midst of a global pandemic and a turbulent world, the group’s intention to promote the vital artistic collaboration with composers to thoughtfully contribute to the musical canon of the present day is an unwavering commitment. An exponent of the capabilities of the “extra-normal” voice, Formant aims to engage audiences with multi-faceted insights into the paramount role of the voice in the evolution of art-making.
Newcastle Chamber Choir (New South Wales)
Newcastle Chamber Choir, Winner of Sydney Eisteddfod’s 2019 Australasian Open Choral Championship have been spiritedly singing their way around Australia. They have rapidly made significant progress since they first formed their group in February 2019 and have become stronger with each performance. In the space of six months, they have taken out First-place in every one of their events for 2019’s Sydney Eisteddfod and Canberra Eisteddfod.
Friday 9th July: Disciples of Soul (DoS)
Disciples of Soul (Tasmania)
Disciples of Soul (DoS) is a vocal ensemble from The University of Tasmania Conservatorium, directed by Dr. Andrew Legg and Maria Lurighi. The ensemble is comprised mainly of current Conservatorium students but also includes a number of graduates who keep coming back because they love being a part of this special group.
Their very contemporary sound draws on the grooves and harmonic structures of jazz, funk, soul, house and hip-hop and yet maintains the heart and soul of traditional gospel through beautiful and powerful melodies and vocal arrangements, and the irrepressible, uncontainable joy that is gospel music.
All event patrons will be required to check in at the venue using a provided Check in TAS QR code. A physical sign in sheet will be made available upon request if your device is not QR-code compatible.
Hygiene and sanitation:
Our Festival venues undergo full sanitation before each show. To maintain our venue hygiene and sanitation practices, please have a spritz of sanitiser on your way in and make use of hand soap in the bathrooms.
This venue will abide by density restrictions of 2 squared metres per person.
To avoid any unnecessary transfer of germs, there will be no coat check facilities at this venue.
Please do not attend this event if you are experiencing flu symptoms (fever, cough, runny nose). Similarly, if you feel a cough or a sneeze coming on while in this venue, please use your elbow to cover it!