What better way to celebrate the blossoming of spring, and the waning of a three-year covid winter, than to warm the hearts of an appreciative audience with song. On Friday 16th September 2022 the Bunch of Keys emerged from hibernation and performed for the Discovery Group at the West Epping Uniting Church.
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Even the stormy July weather was no match for the radiant warmth being generated at the ‘Sing and Shine’ family concert and graduation ceremony, held on Sunday 17th July in the chapel of St Josephs Baulkham Hills. The winter sun was coaxed out from behind the relentless rain clouds and gave us a glorious day to mark the culmination of the six-week course in barbershop singing.
Fourteen fabulous women graduated from the course where they studied the finer points of barbershop singing, breath support, ear training and good vocal technique. The concert included two new songs which were learnt as part of the course – I Will Survive and All The Things You Are – as well as several favourites from the CKC repertoire.
After a three year break since the last Sweet Adelines Region 34 Contest, the Australia-wide event was back in business as a ‘video contest’ this year. The performances were streamed via YouTube on Saturday, 4th June as the audience watched on from their lounge rooms at home.
This year all entries were submitted in advance as video recordings. Nonetheless, the results were still announced live by Sweet Adelines International Board Member, Joan Boutilier, during the event that went to air direct from the US.
What a pain it has been
What a nightmarish scene
Why, it’s almost like:
‘Hey, so what’s new?’
Yes, after two years of disruptions, restrictions and endless re-arrangements, there isn’t much left that can faze the CKC chorus members. So when Sydney was deluged with record-breaking rain and flash flooding over the last few weeks, we took it in our stride without missing a beat. These days, Zoom meetings are just another string to our ‘new normal’ bow, and we can switch from one arrangement to another like a team of change management experts – which is exactly what we’ve become.
CKC has been rehearsing via Zoom every Wednesday night, lead by our unsinkable Director, Vicki Dwyer. We start every rehearsal with physical and vocal warmups. We've been working on new songs as well as maintaining our current repertoire. Because of time lags, we can't really sing together; but Vicki spent hours putting together recordings of our individual voices and we heard the result yesterday. We're all mastering new skills through this crisis - what doesn't kill us makes us stronger!
We're thrilled to have achieved third place in the Sweet Adelines Harmony Classic competition for small choruses in St Louis. We performed the plan, our audience laughed in all the right places, and our judges stopped writing and looked up to watch us. Feedback from our audience was all positive. We're so proud of our Director, Vicki, our chorus, and everyone who helped us get there.
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