Music to tug at the heartstrings


Some of history’s most beautiful tunes are set to tug at the heartstrings during a special performance this weekend.

The Remarkable Vocals Choral Ensemble is performing Songs of Sea, Sky and Fire at the Thomas L. Brown Gallery at Lake Hayes on Sunday, the first of two shows the group puts on each year.

Choir director Sue Patterson says people can expect beautiful classical music from artists such as Bach and Vivaldi, as well as some “lovely” traditional folk songs.

Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiringand three pieces from Vivaldi’s Gloria “underpin a varied selection of pieces covering several centuries of music”.

There’ll also be one or two more contemporary pieces, which Patterson says are often more challenging to perform.

“It’s quite interesting, it’s quite exciting.

“It tugs on the heartstrings.”

She describes the atmosphere at the show as warm and relaxed.

There are about 16 members of the choir, most of who are locals, she says.

They include Sally Geddes, Alan Pickard and Deryck Marshall, who will perform solos, as well as young students Micky Nguyen, who will perform a piano solo, and singer Timmy Stevens.

The choir started about 12 years ago, and they started performing the twice-yearly shows six or seven years ago, Patterson says.

“We actually used to just get together to sing for the fun of it, that’s how it evolved.”

She says while the choir is a “mix of abilities”, she believes it actually puts on “a pretty polished performance”.

It pays to snap up tickets quickly, as the Ensemble’s concerts usually sell out and there’ll be no door sales.

While they could have moved into a bigger venue, Patterson says the group loves the ambience of the gallery.

“It’s the whole experience.”

The event is family-friendly, with free entry for children.

“It’s great to introduce children to this kind of music, that’s how I got into it,” she says.

There will also be complimentary refreshments available on the day.

To hear the Remarkable Vocals Choral Ensemble, head to the Thomas L. Brown Gallery at Lake Hayes on Sunday, 3pm, tickets from Summerfield’s Pharmacy Frankton, Wilkinson’s Pharmacy Queenstown, or the Lakes District Museum, adults $35, school aged children free.