The Redland Rhapsody chorus will celebrate its 21st birthday in concert at Ormiston College’s Lingo Lin theatre on Saturday, October 7, with shows at 2pm and 7pm.
The show entitled Lovin’ What We Do will be under the direction of Louise Brannon who has been reinvigorating the chorus for the past two years. Membership is currently 50 strong. Ms Brannon will take the chorus to its national competition in May 2018.
Ms Brannon is the third director in the group’s history, following Susan Lansdown who took the group for most of its time. Under her leadership, the chorus competed successfully at many national competitions, winning Novice Chorus, Most Improved Chorus, first and second place Chorus Awards and Audience Choice Award.
The chorus is part of the world wide Sweet Adelines International organisation which affords the opportunity to sing a style of a cappella that is quite unique (aka barbershop), learn from some of the best teachers, coaches and mentors, sing with many women from throughout the world and learn more about singing.
Long time member Laurel Santry said she had learned more about singing as a member of the chorus than she could from a regular singing teacher.
“The chorus is something that I am extremely passionate about. Being part of a group like this has been quite an amazing journey,” Laurel said.
“Redland Rhapsody is a performing chorus, which means that we focus on entertaining the audience. We don’t just sing well but also provide visual expression, movement and staging to ensure our performances are all about evoking a great response from our audiences.”