Choralfest will have some of the world's finest choirs and choral specialists and there will be more than 70 performances in locations around Fremantle over four-days.
The WA Chapter President of the Australian National Choral Association, Nicholas Bannan said that the Choralfest was a brilliant way to bring choral music to the people of Perth. He went on to say that "singing is intrinsic in our day-to-day lives. Whether you sing in the car or on a stage, singing is all around us,"
Choralfest will bring together leaders from all over the world in the fields of vocal development, education, conducting and more. You will also be able to hear some of the best choirs from all around the world!
The keynote presenters include Robert Hollingworth of iFagiolini, Mark O'Leary from Young Voices of Melbourne and Jennifer Tham from the SYC Ensemble Singers.
The Mayor of Fremantle, Brad Pettitt, said Choralfest would be unlike anything ever seen or heard before in Fremantle.
At this event, there will be around 2500 singers performing in approximately 40 choirs in 17 venues around Fremantle. There will be something for everyone from pub choirs to the more established concerts.
Some of the participating venues include the Fremantle Town Hall, the WA Maritime Museum and Clancy's Fish Pub. There will be different styles of concerts, such as pop-up concerts, barbershop, an indigenous choir and contemporary performances.
There will be workshops, keynote sessions, panels, rehearsal observation and more! The workshops will be for choral conductors in order to further develop their craft of conducting and these will be from experts in their field.
Robert has a great love for Renaissance as well as 20th and 21st-century music. He also loves to share this hobby and often creates projects which present music to audiences in original ways. He was the founder of I Fagiolini in 1986 and here he presented their signature projects including Simunye, The Full Monteverdi, Tallis in Wonderland, How Like An Angel (with Australian contemporary circus group C!RCA), and Betrayal. Betrayal is a crime drama made for singers and dancers and based on the music of Gesualdo. This production first opened in the Barbican in May 2015.
Mark O'Leary OAM
Mark is one of Australia's most progressive choral conductors. He is widely respected for his work with Young Voices of Melbourne, Exaudi youth choir and Gondwana Voices. With these people, he has produced thirteen CD recordings, toured all states and territories of Australia and made sixteen international tours to Europe, South Africa, North America, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, China, Taiwan, Thailand and Samoa - a worthwhile achievement in anyone's eyes. Mark also gives many workshops on choral music education both in Australia and internationally.
Jennifer has directed the Singapore Youth Choir which is now known as the SYC Ensemble Singers, since 1986. She has won strong praise throughout her career. Jennifer trained as a composer and her focal point has been to invent a library of new music for choirs. She is often a guest conductor with choirs in other countries as well as Singapore and she conducted the New Liszt Ferenc Chamber Choir last year in Budapest.