Touring is one of the most exciting Choir experiences for our Performing Squad. It is the culmination of many years of musical training. It is also made possible through the development of independence and ‘life skills’, as learnt through attending the Choir’s biannual Weekend workshops and residential Summer Schools each year.
Our Artistic Director Nicholas Dinopoulos’ reflections on our recent SA VIC Tour are below. Yes, it was the middle of winter and yes, it was cold, but that certainly didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits…
Amazingly, I heard the question “Are we there yet?!” only twice during the 11.5 hour bus ride to Adelaide at the start of the holidays with members the Performing Squad.
Shorter than a Summer School but longer than some of our most recent regional tours, the itinerary featured no fewer than 5 performances in almost as many days.
Twenty-three of our singers performed to highly appreciative audiences in Adelaide, Mount Gambier & Warrnambool, also collaborating with Tenison Woods College and Young Adelaide Voices. A capacity crowd in Colac (not to mention some exceptional country hospitality!) saw the tour round out on exactly the right note.
In addition to these brief stops along the way, two slightly last-minute additions to the schedule were perhaps most memorable of all: a pop-up performance in the impressive Naracoorte Caves, plus a diversion down the Great Ocean Road to take advantage of that all important photo opportunity at The Twelve Apostles.
Particular thanks to Rachel Jones & Liz Lindner (our expert caring team on this occasion), Tim Mallis (accompanist extraordinaire) and Christal Paul (tour team leader) for their efforts in making this the successful and worthwhile expedition that it was. Thanks, also, to our Stagewear Team Leaders, Pam Carrasco and Antoinette Pearse, for ensuring that the boys looked so fabulous in their reds whilst performing.