There’s no need to stop singing while Pub Rock Choir is on hiatus, as community members can perform from the comfort of their own home with Computer Choir.
Creative Regions' Artistic Director Di Wills said with the need for people to stay home as much as they could during the current health concerns around the Coronavirus – Covid-19, it was still possible to encourage social singing activities online with the help of Emma Dean from Cheep Trill Computer Choir.
“Bundaberg's Pub Rock Choir is on hiatus until we can again gather in groups and, until then, members and the wider community are encouraged to sign up to Cheep Trill Computer Choir,” Di said.
“Led by the esteemed Emma Dean, the choir experience remains as the participants will learn their parts and be brought together in harmony online.”
Di said the alternate program, Computer Choir, offered by Cheep Trill in Brisbane, is open to everyone and will be on every Tuesday night in April.
“Emma came to Bundaberg in 2017 and collaborated with many singers in the region,” Di said.
“It was during this project that our Pub Rock Choir concept was born.
“So, when we searched for an alternate platform to continue to sing, it made sense to reach out to Emma and be involved in her work.
“Emma has worked alongside artists such as Glenn Shorrock, Katie Noonan and John Farnham to name a few, and her dynamic program is exciting to be a part of.”
Health benefits to singing
Di said there are incredible health benefits in being part of a choir, which had been researched and measured for decades.
“This becomes so important when we face isolation, and the ability to connect with like-minded people can only help raise our spirits,” she said.
“The program is growing by the day and is more than an experiment, it is a singing community.
“To participate, all you need is your internet connection, your voice and your enthusiasm.”
Emma will teach participants exciting new tracks during the Computer Choir sessions, and at times members will be able to hear one another.
“At times you will be able to hear and be muted to allow for each part of the choir to learn their section,” Di said.
“The overall effect will be played back for participants to hear.
“It’s a brave new world of choir singing.
“For the shy singers who like to hide in the back row, let me assure you, if you sign up, you've won half the battle.
“Be a bit more brave and sing out loud. You'll find the experience incredibly rewarding.”
The Computer Choir is based in Brisbane and they are encouraging people from around the globe to participate.
To participate in the four-week program that starts Tuesday 7th April, Bundaberg community members, of any age or singing ability, can click here to register.
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