THE BIG SING

McLaren Vale 10 June 2017

The inaugural Big Sing McLaren Vale was held Saturday 10 June at the Tatachilla Lutheran College Stadium.

STARS was asked to be involved with planning and sponsorship – so Carolyn was co-opted on to the Big Sing Committee to do just that.

 

The Community Carols at Tatachilla was abandoned after many years but Greg John had a vision to replace it with a  Big Sing and used the same vibrant committee to make it happen.  

 

Through his vast contacts in Opera and choirs we were able to register 150 singers from all over South Australia to perform Mozart’s Requiem.  As well as Requiem a Gospel Choir comprised of local and other a Capella singers were happy to perform.

 

We gathered together an outstanding orchestra and conductor and soloists from State Opera and practices commenced at various places.

 

On Saturday morning around 9 am choristers started to arrive as well as combined choirs etc, and proceeded to have their first practice with  the conductor and orchestra.   In between rehearsals, people gathered outside in the sun where Lions and curry pop ups served barbecue and curry together with a coffee van.   A lovely day for all.

 

3.30 pm and the audience were lined up at the door ready to be seated for the show.  STARS organised raffle prizes and tickets were well supported - in fact we raised almost $1000 to assist in paying for the event which included conductor, soloists and orchestra.

 

The a Capella Gospel choir was exciting and after an interval where Coriole wines were available for purchase  the massed choir assembled ready to perform to an audience of around 400 people.

 

The day was a wonderful success and choristers, orchestra and soloists as well as audience thanked us all for a very happy event.

 

Plans are in place for the next Big Sing and STARS is proud to be associated with a community event that will ensure that McLaren Vale is not only the best wine region to visit but also has the added dimension of cultural performances such as this and  STARS events that will ensure more visitors to our region.

See the website www.bigsing.org.au for details of soloists, conductor etc. as well as supporters of the event.