Performing at SongFest
A Cappella West – Sweet Adelines Australia 2018 National Champions
ACW is a le vocal harmony chorus based in Perth, Western Australia; a 90+ voice chorus under the co-direction of Lindsey Dyer and Jo Oosterhoff. ACW was founded in 2008 as a brand-new chorus with practically no experience in barbershop singing. Within 2 years, they participated in their first National competition (2010), coming 4th place overall. They achieved 6th place in Canberra in 2012 in a tough contest, and were excited to be placed 2nd and achieve the Most Improved Chorus award in Perth in 2013. Also 2015 National Champions.
Baden Street Singers, a highly acclaimed vocal ensemble consisting of a diverse mix of students, musicians and friends from around Perth. Gold medallists in Barbershop Harmony Australia’s 2015 and 2016 National Conventions, this group of singers have enchanted audiences around Australia with their varied repertoire and engaging performance style. Performing a mix of barbershop, choral and contemporary A cappella, these young singers are an absolute must-see.
Born to Sing Choirs (no auditions) welcome all non-singers, shower singers, park singers, car singers, air guitar singers and actual singers. Born to Sing choirs sing songs from the heart that make you feel good, raise self-esteem and help you lose the blues. Singing helps you leave work behind and add quality to your week! Since its inception in 2008, Born to Sing has raised over $173,000 to donate to various charitable causes such as survivors of bushfires, Cancer Council Relay For Life, Red Cross Blood Bank, Mission Australia and Variety – the Children’s Charity. The choir’s repertoire includes gospel, uplifting contemporary songs, short classical pieces and anything that moves the soul. Songs include: Ain’t Misbehavin’, All You Need is Love, Amazing Grace, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, Chapel of Love, Delilah, Lean On Me, Mamma Mia, Summer Nights and Unchained Melody. Born to Sing performs each year in The Perth Fringe Festival, for the Australian Army Nurses, Guildford Songfest, Dunsborough Songfest and Carols By Candlelight with the Variety Youth Choir at Langley Park to an audience of over 20,000. In August 2018, the choirs will be performing at the Edinburgh Festival. The choirs are led by Martin Meader who was also the writer and Co-Executive Producer of the movie Paradise Road which starred Glenn Close and Cate Blanchett.
Cleanskins are from Dunsborough, Busselton and surrounding areas. They began singing (and sharing a red or two) about 15 years ago and continue to enjoy meeting on a Friday night to sing & have fun together. They mostly sing A Cappella but you might hear the occasional ukulele or guitar. Listen out for their famous “Cow Medley”! Yeehaw…
Darling, A Capella Sass and Sweetness bringing joy and heartache in equal measure. One fateful night in 2014, in a cosy lounge room in the forest, a group of friends with a shared love of lush harmonies got together and `Darling’ was born, an all-girls a cappella vocal ensemble with Brooke Wilson, Ruby Wilson, Megan Tickner, Ini Ojo, Dayna Cullen, Shanay Cullen, Laura Igglesden, Annika Moses.
Eneksis Vocal Ensemble from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) are a huge favourite at SongFest. The ensemble has gained a reputation as one of the finest choirs in Australia, under the direction of Micheál McCarthy.
We’ve sung for fringe, we’ve sung for friends, and now we want to sing for you! No Rechoirments is an acappella choir that tackles music from Tallis to (Michael) Jackson with relish, with a lot of laughs along the way. Come and share in our joy, as we sing gospel, R ‘n’ B and the odd Sea Shanty!
Peppermint is an A Capella group that sings all kinds of songs in 4-part harmony, under the musical direction of Coralie Kan. Their name reflects how singing is a wonderful way to refresh, soothe, energise, uplift and to spread joy.
Rossmoyne Community Singers Rossmoyne Community Singers will next year celebrate their 20th anniversary and are today a ladies choir who sing in 3 and 4 part harmony. They started out as a mixed choir but by attrition became ladies only!! The only blokes allowed at their rehearsal each week are their Musical Director – the fabulous Harry Oliff and super talented accompanist Jackson Griggs!! So, unlike most choirs, they’re not looking for blokes to join them but would happily welcome any ladies who would like to come along and sing.
SSB are Dunsborough’s very own and much loved quintet. They sing a variety of “stuff”, from Jazz to Folk and anything else that takes their fancy, preferably in 5-part harmony with lots of crunchy chords. They love to arrange their own songs and enjoy dressing up and singing in weird locations – caves, grocery aisles, in the rain.
Kojonup’s Southern Singers have been active for 20 years. They sing a variety of popular songs in two, three or four-part harmonies. They regularly perform for community events and look forward to the opportunity of singing to a wider audience. We welcome them to Dunsborough for the first time!
Strike a Chord are a ladies’ ensemble of 13 members, a smaller auditioned ensemble from within the Rossmoyne Community Singers, under the direction of Musical Director Harry Oliff and accompanist Jackson Griggs. They perform songs from many genres; contemporary, jazz, classical, songs from musicals and classic pop hits; songs from all decades from the 30’s thru to the current era. They sing in 3 and 4-part harmony and love to sing at a very high standard, particularly those tight jazz harmonies! Strike A Chord aim to present a concert of high quality exceptional singing, displaying vocal harmonies which will be enjoyed by an audience of all ages.
We’re The Real Sing, and we love it! Singing, that is. We started in 1995, and we’ve warbled, crooned, caroled and caroused our way through quite a few songs since then. Sometimes it’s a musical with jokes and japes; sometimes it’s a concert with the warmth and wonder that singing in harmony brings. So under the legato lash of musical director extraordinaire Coralie Kan, TRS will bring new songs and old to our favourite festival. It will be fun!
Voices of the Vasse Chorus ‘We are a group of women with a passion for singing a cappella 4 part harmony, barbershop style!’ Voices of the Vasse have never missed a SongFest and are a wonderful part of the history of this festival.
Working Voices is a not-for-profit community choir of about 35 members. Raelene Bruisma PhD is the musical director. The repertoire of the choir is carefully chosen to reflect the choir’s commitment to social justice and working life issues. Their passionate singing style reflects their belief in the issues they sing about.