CUMBERLAND GETS ANIME-TED! - SUNDAY 18 AUGUST 2019
SYDNEY CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL, Auburn Botanic Gardens
This festival project was conceived in March 2018 and realised through the support of the NSW Government through Create NSW and staff from Cumberland Council and is in effect, why River City Voices exists!
It was therefore hugely gratifying and exciting to see our hard work come together on such a beautiful day with such an appreciative audience. Putting their bento boxes on hold, the enthusiastic crowd was in awe of the power of Taikoz, went selfie crazy with our Cosplay performers (Jenna, Roxanne and Alix) and joined our singers in a rousing final rendition of Astro Boy conducted by a budding youngster plucked from the crowd!
Huge thanks to Dr Paul Smith from UNE, Parramatta who arranged the extraordinary pieces from Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy and Princess Mononoke especially for River City Voices and this project. We hope to have more opportunities to perform it!
Amazing singers. Engaging conductor
Kingdom Hearts was awesome!
Photo Credit: Grant Leslie
CARMINA BURANA "COME & SING" - 4/5 MAY 2019
River City Voices inaugural performance and the Parramatta premiere of Carl Orff's enduring and popular choral classic. This community participatory and collaborative choral event was held on the 4th and 5th May at Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta.
Under the inspiring baton of Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith, 100 performers, students, professional soloists (Ayse Goknur Shanal, Simon Lobelson and Warren Fisher)
singers and musicians from across western Sydney and beyond, came together to rehearse, learn, bond, and experience the thrill of performing a large scale choral work.
The "Come & Sing" philosophy is to provide an opportunity for singers who can't attend regular weekly rehearsals, the chance to learn music in their own time and
then rehearse over an intensive, challenging and fun weekend. Here's what some participants and audience had to say...
Your organisation was excellent. We knew what was happening and what to expect. That such a disparate group came together in two days and produced such an outcome was remarkable.
I didn't really know what to expect. To try it out and be involved in something different, this goal was absolutely met. Things I had vague ideas about, gaining improved singing ability, being challenged, gaining further performance experience, being around very talented musical people, were also met.
And just getting to spend the weekend singing with others. It was a great weekend.
I was very impressed with your performance of Carmina Burana - music I have heard and
seen performed a number of times by professional bodies and your choir was as good as the best
and better than the rest. I also fully support your aim of being a distinctive voice for western Sydney by reflecting the region's diversity of talent. Bravo.
Photo Credit: Grant Leslie
RIVER CITY VOICES OFFICIAL LAUNCH
7 December 2018, Riverside Theatres, Parramatta
To celebrate the arrival of our new western Sydney arts organisation, River City Voices hosted a fun and inspiring pre-Christmas launch party.
We were very pleased to have in attendance Director of Riverside Theatres and RCV Advisory Committee Member
Robert Love AM who also acted as impromptu MC! NSW State Member for Parramatta Dr Geoff Lee and NSW State Member for Granville Ms Julia Finn both gave supportive and heartfelt speeches.
We are grateful to the evening's contributors:
Photo Credits: Grant Leslie