Families Concert Sets Sail

Arrrrrr you ready to sing? Local singers of all ages and skill levels are being encouraged to participate in the Australian Festival of Chamber Music's 2018 Families Concert, 'Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose.'

The Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) is freshening up its annual Families Concert, with all ages invited to join the choir in 2018.

The concert, renowned as a children’s opera in past years, will expand to welcome anyone willing to participate in the Festival this August.

AFCM Executive Director Justin Ankus said the move was part of the vision of new Artistic Director Kathryn Stott.

“For many years this concert has been [performed] by children for families – but this year, it will be both by and for families: Kathryn has tweaked it slightly so we’re inviting everyone from kids, mums and dads to grandmas and grandpas to come along and sing in this fantastic performance: Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose,” Justin said.

“This performance tells the story of King Henry’s ship which sunk and was only recovered 20 years ago, and will feature some new shanties written by Townsville Grammar School as part of an exchange with Portsmouth Grammar in the UK.”

In preparation for the concert, an information session will be held this Sunday with performance conductor, Anne Milanovic.

“This Sunday is a chance for people to come along, hear a little about the work, what’s involved, and when you’ll be required for rehearsals. You’ll also get a chance to hear – and sing – some of it, which is exciting because it’s full of sea shanties and some common folk tunes you may already know and love,” said Justin.

“It’s open to everybody so there’s no auditions or the like; you’re welcome to just come along, sing, and have a great time!”

Get the lowdown on joining the AFCM Families Concert choir this Sunday from 4pm at St James Cathedral, with more information and the full program of AFCM events available here.

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