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Big end of 2023 for Young Voices

At the time of writing everyone at Young Voices is busy preparing for the annual Service of Readings and Carols on 17 December at the Church of the Resurrection, Macedon.

In addition, a group of our Cantabiles have recently been involved in 2 other major projects. The first was a recording session in the studio of local sound engineer Angus Davidson, in which 7 of our girls provided backing vocals to the John Lennon song Merry Christmas (War is over), performed by 18 year-old Dylan Marguccio. Dylan suffers from a severe form of Muscular Dystrophy, and the resultant single, available for purchase on ITunes and Spotify, will raise funds through Muscular Dystrophy Australia to support research into this debilitating disease. It was a huge thrill for our girls to appear on Channel 7 news singing with Dylan.

Our Cantabiles were also invited to participate in 2 memorable performances, along with the Bendigo Youth Choir and the Bendigo Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Luke Severn of Deep sea dreaming by Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin. This challenging work for choir and orchestra is brilliantly descriptive of a variety of sea creatures, the text comprising nonsense syllables derived from jumbled Russian names of fish. Deep sea dreaming was originally commissioned for and performed at the official opening of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Our Cantabiles are to be congratulated on mastering this substantial work over a short time frame under the inspiring direction of conductor Jess Demare.

2024 promises to be another exciting year, when rehearsals will take place at the House of the Rock Church, 247 Station Rd, New Gisborne. One significant highlight will be performances in Macedon and Bendigo of the Messe breve by Delibes with the Bendigo Youth Choir and string orchestra. New members are very welcome to join us at the first rehearsal on Thursday 1 February at 4.15pm.

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