After 26 years in Daylesford, The Boite Singers’ Festival will move to Melbourne for its 27th edition. The event will take place at The Abbotsford Convent from 13-15 January 2017.
To celebrate the move, the festival has invited an array of special guests. These include Su Hart of Baka Beyond, who will be sharing the “rhythms and sounds of the Cameroon and Gabon forest home of the Baka Pygmies”; Andrew Legg, who directs the University of Tasmania’s Conservatorium of Music and the Southern Gospel Choir; and Jane Thompson and James Rigby, artistic directors of Gurrong, the 2014 Boite Millennium Chorus, featuring Archie Roach and Shane Howard.
All in all, there will be more than 30 workshops, designed to cater to singers and singing leaders of all levels of skill and experience, and covering a variety of topics, such as conducting, rhythm, improvisation, song writing, Calypso and gospel. Concerts are also planned, including a blackboard show dedicated to songwriters and a Saturday night concert, featuring several choirs, at Collingwood Town Hall. Choir leaders will be treated to a dedicated breakfast, to be held at The Abbotsford Convent’s Bakery.
Other names on the program include Geoffrey Williams, a professional songwriter who has composed for Michael Jackson and Dusty Springfield; Mitch and Ian Tambo, a father-son duo, who will be presenting workshops on Indigenous music and rhythm; Co-cheòl, who specialise in Celtic arrangements; Dan Greig, who directs The Car Park Choir; the Melbourne Georgian Choir; Melbourne Indie Voices; Parissa Bouas; Sweet Mona’s Choir; The Furbelows, a 1930s party band; and The Lost Clog.
Festival attendees can register as individuals or as part of a choir or group. There’s a range of ticket options, from weekend passes and day passes to tickets for specific concerts and workshops. Tickets are available online between now and 3pm, Thursday 12 January.
The Boite Singers’ Festival receives funding from the Yarra City Council’s 2017 Annual Grants Program.