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The only thing better than singing is more singing
It's long been known that singing is beneficial to both physical and mental health. Fortunately for non-singers, even listening to music reduces stress and anxiety. leading to increased happiness. There should be many happy people in the historic surrounds of Guildford on the weekend of September 18 & 19 when the 4th annual Guildford Songfest takes place. Featuring choirs and performers from all over Western Australia, there will be something for everyone.
Proudly supported by Voice Moves and the City of Swan, the Guildford Songfest is presenting 29 different choirs. The jam-packed program starts at 9:15am on Saturday and runs for the next 12 hours, only to begin again at 10:00am on Sunday and go through till 1:00pm. The full program can be found here and tickets are on sale now.
Three of the many choirs appearing
Quorum Chamber Singers, South African Gospel SIngers, Voicemale image:guildfordsongfest.com
With so many different choirs, visitors are sure to find new favourites as well as enjoying familiar songs and styles. Below is a small selection:
She Shants celebrate a feminine point of view singing original and reworked songs of the sea.
Alfalfa Males play with mix of quirky humour, beautiful vocal harmonies and eclectic musical style.
The Lelebirds is a high energy good-fun band of women who play ukulele and sing in luscious harmony. The Swiss Yodellers of WA perform songs and yodels in the four Swiss languages: German, French, Italian, and the ancient Romanche dialect.
Much more information can be found at the Performer page and for those who want to have a go, there are also two Big Sing workshops. Check the Facebook page for the latest information.
All the performances take place in historic buildings around Stirling Square, just a short walk from Guildford's cafe and antique shopping strip.
Important note about public transport:
Unfortunately, Midland line trains will not be running on the Songfest weekend. However,r the very regular 901 bus route will be running as a replacement service. The 901 bus leaves from Busport zone A and will be running all weekend. Get off at the Guildford Station stop for the short walk to the venues