Choir welcomes Gaelic lessons

September 06, 2017

Nathalia and District Community Choir members Elwyn Rendell, Philippa Schapper, Bruce Lees, Andrea Fahey, Cameron Lancaster, Margaret Cobbledick, Narelle Ryan, Pauline Thomas, Heather Frostick and Choirmaster Linden Lancaster (seated).

THE Nathalia and District Community Choir is looking forward to a unique opportunity to expand its repertoire of Celtic music at a Gaelic singing workshop this month.

The workshop will be conducted by one of Australia’s leading Celtic music and dance groups, Saoirse, as a prelude to its concert The G.R.A.I.N. Store in Nathalia is presenting.

Choir director Linden Lancaster said the Gaelic singing workshop was perfect for the choir to build on the success of its Celtic music concert Fiddle & Song, this year.

‘‘I have been working for quite some time with the choir to explore our interest in Celtic music and this workshop will help strengthen and deepen our knowledge as well as expand our repertoire,’’ she said.

‘‘Saoirse are a world class group who have performed in Ireland and Europe, so having them come to Nathalia and having the opportunity to learn from them is very exciting.’’

The G.R.A.I.N. Store’s project producer Ken Wong said the Melbourne-based group’s members were all prominent members of the Australian Celtic and folk music scene, having appeared in numerous groups over the years, including The Bushwackers.

‘‘Saoirse are known for their soaring vocal harmonies and brilliant musicianship,’’ Mr Wong said.

‘‘All of the members are multi-talented on instruments including guitar, mandolin, fiddle and traditional Irish drum.’’

The workshop is open to all, and participants will then have the opportunity to perform with Saoirse at the concert following the workshop.

This project was funded by the Victorian government through Creative Victoria.

Saoirse will be presented by The G.R.A.I.N. Store at the St Mary of the Angels Secondary College auditorium in Nathalia on Sunday, September 10 with the workshop starting at 1.30pm followed by the concert at 3pm.

For tickets and further information, visit or phone 0403 756 571.

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