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Welsh Choir comes to Southbank

04 Jun 2019

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The Melbourne Welsh Male Choir will mark the winter solstice on Saturday, June 22 by teaming up with Silvie Paladino and Roy Best in a concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

The choir’s musical director David Ashton-Smith OAM said that winter solstice was traditionally associated with ceremonies celebrating regeneration, renewal and the rebirth of the sun.

“But you don’t have to go to Stonehenge to mark this natural phenomenon. Just join us at the Recital Centre for an afternoon of uplifting music that offers hope and joy. Songs such as You Raise Me Up do raise us up. Music keeps the choir young; it keeps us all young,” he said.

 Mr Ashton-Smith said that the choir was delighted to be returning to the Recital Centre.

 “The Recital Centre is one of our favourite performing spaces. Its magnificent acoustics mean that the Melbourne Welsh Male Choir can perform without amplification – the result is a much richer, much more compelling sound. Silvie Paladino’s soaring voice and Roy Best’s dynamic tenor are a perfect complement to the choir’s four-part harmonies,” he said.

Paladino is best-known (and perhaps best-loved) for her regular performances at Carols by Candlelight. She performed in London in Les Misérables for two years, played the lead role of Donna in the smash hit Mamma Mia! throughout Australia and Asia, and performed in The King and I in 2010, in Chess in 2012, and Jerry’s Girls in 2015. 

Roy Best established his singing career in spectacular fashion after successfully competing in ABC television’s Operatunity Oz. He performed the role of the Duke in Opera Australia’s Rigoletto at the Sydney Opera House and was rewarded with a standing ovation from a packed house and a television audience of over one million viewers.

The concert repertoire will include favourites from musical theatre (in several different languages), traditional choral pieces, and an array of songs that the choir sings best, including Welsh standards Sing Rhondda, Calon Lân and Ysbryd y Nos. Paladino and Best will give individual performances, team up for songs in Italian and then join the choir in singing the popular Neapolitan song, O Sole Mio. 

The choir will perform at Melbourne Recital Centre at 2pm, June 22. For tickets and more information visit:

melbournerecital.com.au

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