Blackheath Choir Festival on August 24-26

The Blackheath Choir Festival is back.

Vocal Edge: The modern barbershop choir from the Mountains will feature at the festival.

Vocal Edge: The modern barbershop choir from the Mountains will feature at the festival.

One of the highlights of Blackheath’s cultural calendar, every second year the Choir Festival brings together dozens of choirs, this year including visitors from Goulburn, Alstonville, Orange, Southern Highlands, Central Coast, Newcastle, ACT, Coolangatta, Illawarra, Dubbo, Bathurst and all over greater Sydney.

Add in 18 Blue Mountains choirs for a total of 61 choirs in 13 concerts over the weekend of August 24-26.

Choirs will sing music in a wide range of styles from medieval to modern and in languages including French, Hebrew, Arabic, Estonian, Bulgarian, Gaelic, Latin, Italian, Spanish and English.

The grand finale item of the festival will be Ariel Ramirez’s Misa Criolla, the Catholic Mass sung in Spanish and drawing inspiration from Argentine traditional music and dance forms. Beautiful, uplifting and energetic, the 120 singers of the Festival Combined Choir will be joined by skilled Latin American soloists and musicians playing traditional instruments.

There is no competition, it’s all about the music for its own sake – the thrill of singing it and of hearing it.

Linda McLaughlin

As organiser Linda McLaughlin put it: “There is no competition, it’s all about the music for its own sake – the thrill of singing it and of hearing it.”

The full program and all details are on the festival website – blackheathchoirfestival.weebly.com

All tickets are concession price and available online from trybooking.com or from Richardson and Wrench in Blackheath, 10am-4pm.

Simon Chate, Awesome Voices

Simon Chate, Awesome Voices

Beating Time

Beating Time