|Posted by Kirsten on November 15, 2015 at 12:40 AM|
Our 25th anniversary celebration concert went ahead yesterday afternoon with great aplomb. I'll come back to the event itself in a subsequent post but first wanted to thank a great number of people for their help and support, because these events don't just happen.
Firstly, our appreciative audience of friends, family, former members and music lovers without whom, of course, there would be little purpose in singing. Thanks also to those former members who joined us on stage to sing – it was joyous to have such a big sound!
Secondly, our dedicated musical director and founder, Helen Swan for her 25 years of vision, drive, voice tuition and challenging repertoire. Long may she continue!
Thirdly, Philip Piggin, Dianne Libke and the team at the Belconnen Arts Centre who were all so responsive and helpful in hosting our event. It is a superb musical venue in a picturesque location. We'll be back at the BAC!
Fourthly, composer Sally Greenaway for her creative vision and talent in writing such an exquisite piece of music for us in 'Resonance'. Her skill in setting my words to music left many an audience member (and singer too!) with a tear in the eye and goosebumps on the skin.
Fifthly, ArtSound FM for recording the music. We hope to hear it on the radio sometime soon and also to make some of it available on our website. Janet Wilson for her great article about us in the Canberra Times. Peter Hislop for his lovely photography which will be uploaded to our website shortly. Balloon Brilliance for the festive decorations. AddColour Digital and OfficeWorks for printed materials. Flower Joy at Woden Plaza for the stunning native arrangements.
Fifthly, all the people who worked tirelessy behind the scenes for months in advance and on the day to make the event such a success: committee president Allison who had the added burden of moving house just weeks before the concert; Siwan, Tom and Richard for the catering; Eric for wrangling the finances and Dimity for managing ticket sales; Lin for his ever-faithful roady duties; Joey and Bruce for writing and proofreading the program; Phillip for the magnificent cake; Liz for organising ArtSound to record the music.
Finally, all the choir members who helped with setting up, serving food and drink, bumping out afterwards, and all the other little tasks, advice, opinions and inputs along the way, and, of course, your voices! It is the pleasure of singing together that keeps us all coming back each week.
I did a bit too (driving the commissioning of 'Resonance', the graphic design work as usual) for which I was very kindly acknowledged at the concert.
I heard many audience members comment on what a superb concert it was and how much they enjoyed the trip down memory lane. See you all again next year!