Sydney Vocal Project on stage in the 2017 Australian Choral Grand prix. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Sydney Vocal Project, an audience favourite at Sydney Eisteddfod choral events, will be joining forces with another Sydney Eisteddfod choir, Urban Voices, for a jam-packed choral celebration called Sydney Urban Project.
Jim Catt, conductor of Sydney Vocal Project, explained that the two choirs “have been friends for a number of years” and through this bond the idea for the concert came about.
“We have competed with Urban Voices in the Sydney Eisteddfod over the last 5 years and have a healthy rivalry and respect for this great singing group. Also we have shared several members across both groups, which helps strengthen our friendship.”
“The afternoon will be filled with the joy of the human voice in song. Primarily a cappella and contemporary vocal music with a couple of accompanied pieces. There is sure to be something for everyone ranging from Adele to John Rutter”.
The concert will also include a special performance from members of the “Bring a Singing Buddy Programme” which is Sydney Vocal Project’s annual community music initiative.
“Members of the public come and join us for two rehearsals (without the need for auditioning). They learn two, sometimes three songs with us and perform these (with us) during our End Of Year performance.”
The concert is not the only thing keeping Sydney Vocal Project busy, with the choir also recently being selected to perform backing vocals with celebrated Baritone Aled Jones from the UK on his recent tour of Australian capital cities.
“The concert took place at the beautiful Angel Place Recital Hall” said Jim, “and we sang Deep Peace with Aled. We were also privileged to open the show with our own spot.”
Another exciting project the choir has been working on is there second studio album, however they are keeping tight-lipped on exactly what audiences can expect, revealing only limited information.
“Our second studio album is a collaboration with one of Australia’s finest a cappella singers and composers. We are very excited to be featuring an album full of Australian arranged music, along with solos and duets with this fine performer" said Jim.
Sydney Eisteddfod wishes Sydney Vocal Project and Urban Voices the best of luck with their upcoming concert and is so glad to hear of the wonderful opportunities they have been provided.