Sing it Loud! Our Guide to the Final Week of Festival of Voices 2017

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This year’s Festival of Voices is well underway and the program is bursting at the seams! There are some beautiful events bringing the community together and spreading joy. If you’re interested in learning some new skills, take your pick from the amazing workshops available. The festival also presents the chance to see some breathtaking performers live in concert, as well as some hilarious comedic pieces. There are also some fascinating stories being expressed in various ways through song.

We’ve pulled together some info about our picks of remaining events below. You can find the full 2017 FOV program here. Get your tickets before they’re all snapped up!

Surprises

  • Hobart’s historic city centre becomes a lively singing city! Between Friday 7 and Sunday 16 July, choirs will be popping-up around every corner to serenade you. There will be also be free scheduled City of Hobart Pop-Up Performances by interstate and local choristers.

Workshops

  • Experience Glee Club with Vicky Jacobs, who loves to get people singing! For youngsters, Vicky’s two-hour ‘How to Sing Pop’ course (Wed 12 July) is designed specifically for singers aged up to 16.
  • Join Eric Dozier for a four-day intensive gospel workshop (Tue 11 – Sun 16 July), as he takes you on a journey through the lively, musical and cultural history of African American gospel and spiritual music. An Introduction to the Heart of Gospel is a shorter 90 minute course (Fri 14 July).
  • A cappella and barbershop will cross paths and combine forces for an enticing workshop with Nick Begbie, Naomi Crellin and Matt Gifford (Tue 11 – Sun 16 July).
  • A remarkable choral workshop with David Lawrence will explore and culminate in a performance of Mendelssohn’s Oratorio Elijah at Hobart’s Federation Concert Hall alongside world-class soloists, the Hobart Chamber Orchestra and the Festival of Voices Youth Choir (Tue 11 – Sun 16 July).
  • Join two of the three members of Hobart’s a cappella songbirds The Clementines, who are also speech pathologists, as they share knowledge and strategies to Preserve Your Voice (Sat 15 July).

Concerts

  • Contemporary a cappella group The Idea of North cross many musical genres in their concert, and are supported by Soulfood, a 50 voice ensemble singing Motown, funk and retro-pop in 5 parts, a cappella (Tue 11 July).
  • The Gala Showcase Concert features two prominent overseas children’s choirs, the Hong Kong Childrens’ Choir and Hangzhou Aiyue Tianshi Choir, as well as Tasmania’s Allegri Ensemble and the Southland Choir from New South Wales (Wed 12 July).
  • Sarah Blasko lays bare her extraordinary songwriting and iconic voice, performing solo at the Theatre Royal (Wed 12 July).
  • The International Choir Showcase Concert, featuring the Hong Kong Children’s Choir and Hangzhou Aiyue Tianshi Choir, presents items prepared during the youth component of the International Choral Program workshops, with guest conductor Chris Burcin (Fri 14 July).
  • The Gospel Showcase Concert is brought to you by the Festival of Voices’ Gospel Workshop Choir and Melbourne Singers of Gospel (Sat 15 July).

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Comedy

  • Join UK comedy cabaret diva Dolly Diamond for her new show, The Lady is a Tramp for laugh-out-loud, lewd comedy at its finest (Wed 12 July).
  • International comedy phenomenon The Umbilical Brothers bring back Speedmouse, their most beloved show. It’s a live-action, fast paced, rewind, slow motion, frame-by-frame adventure where two men create the impossible out of a microphone and a unique physical ability (Sat 15 July).

Stories

  • Horrible Hobart is a short, funny and family friendly walking tour of Franklin Square that uses song, character and story to capture Tasmanian history in all its gruesome glory. See songstress and actor Anna Kidd transform into an array of colourful characters, featuring tales of body snatchers, men frozen to death and more (Sat 1 – Sat 15 July).
  • Anna also leads an adults only tour featuring rude jokes, bawdy songs and incredible story-telling. The (Un)Fairer Sex Tour takes us back to Hobart in the 1800s, when it was the most sexy, dangerous and cosmopolitan port in the world (Fri 30 Jun – Sun 16 July).
  • For something a little lighter, What Rhymes with Cars and Girls is a tender musical adapted from Tim Rogers’ iconic solo album by playwright Aidan Fennessy. See two lovers brought together by fate – and a pizza delivery gone wrong (Fri 30 June – Sat 15 July).
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