Choir in fine voice

In harmony: The Mortlake College Community Choir rehearses ahead of next week’s Music in Mortlake cabaret fundraiser which promises to be an entertaining evening.

In harmony: The Mortlake College Community Choir rehearses ahead of next week’s Music in Mortlake cabaret fundraiser which promises to be an entertaining evening.

MORTLAKE College Community Choir is in fine voice for an upcoming musical fundraiser in the town.

The choir will be one of a number of performers at a special event in the Mortlake RSL Hall on Saturday, April 23.

Music in Mortlake is a cabaret style event featuring several musical acts from around the region.

Under the guidance of musical director Janet Zijm, the choir has been in rehearsal since the start of the year.

The choir will perform an eclectic mix of songs. There are two Zulu pieces sung at the funeral of South African president Nelson Mandela.

Popular Australian favourites ‘And the band played Waltzing Matilda’ and ‘Spirit of the ANZACs’ will also be performed. The choir’s final song is in Latin and was written in the 12th century.

“For an amateur group it’s quite a program to get up,” Ms Zijm said.

“Catering on the night is by Olivine Restaurant. We felt if people had a meal first it would create a relaxed atmosphere.”

The event will feature talented young soprano Asha Kelly and Michael Gilmour on bagpipes.

Warrnambool’s Sing Australia will also perform on the night along with Corangamite Strings.

Another string ensemble, the Camperdown College Senior Ensemble, will play and there will be the melodies of S.A.Z, a trio of 13-year-old singers from Mortlake College.

A cello duet and pianist featuring the works of Vivaldi will be another highlight.

Tea and coffee will be available on the night courtesy of the Mortlake Lions Club.

Entry is $5 and proceeds from the night will go to the RSL.

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