Burns festival introduces new choir and choral events

The Robert Burns Celtic Festival will be hosting a brand new event as part of this year’s festival, a friendly Celtic choir competition and concert. Patrons are invited to be in the audience and cast a vote for your favourite choir.

The competition and concert will be held from 10.30am – 2.15pm Saturday 22 June 2024 at Theatre Royal. $10 Tickets are available online, at Laffs or at the door. Children under 18 – free. Our panel of judges will be voting on the “Most Celtic” choir and presenting winners of all categories with trophies”

A newly formed Camperdown based choir, known as the Corangamite Celtic Choir, will also be performing.  Angela Preiss is delighted with the newly formed Choir who are meeting weekly to learn new songs.

Over 120 choristers will join in with our own Choir said Jennifer Bromeley said who is co-ordinating the competition.  Visiting Choirs are Ein cioil from Geelong, the Voices of Geelong Choir, the Tin Shed Singers – Warrnambool, Cantore – Geelong, Colac Chorale – Colac, Port Fairy Third Age Singers and Massed Choir, Regional Victoria.

As part of the event all singers will join together as a massed choir, under the direction of Kym Dillon – to sing the Skye Boat song. It will be a beautiful moment hearing 120 singers joined in harmony.

On Sunday the Festival Finale Concert featuring the Melbourne Male Welsh Choir with 38 voices. The choristers will sing a selection of Robert Burns songs, Irish and Welsh songs.  Dr Menzies said “Since its inception the choir has grown into one of Australia’s acclaimed male choirs, known for the quality and spirit of its four-part harmonies. The choir is steeped in the choral traditions, but is still proudly Australian and has many members from diverse nationalities”.

The RBCF committee wish to thank and acknowledge Cobden & Districts Community Bank Branch and Camperdown Branch for sponsoring The Melbourne Welsh Male Choir’s participation at the festival.

Also performing at the Festival Finale Concert is the Warrnambool Pipes and Drums and returning are the very popular Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, Dr Menzies said “Patrons need to purchase tickets early as we believe the Concert will be Sold Out.” Tickets purchased prior to the festival are just $30.00($35 at door) which includes a delicious homemade afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream.

Tickets are available online https://www.trybooking.com/CNUIB or at Laffs Shop in Camperdown, or at the door on the day (if not sold out).

https://camperdownburnsfestival.com.au  or Catherine O’Flynn on 0407 056 126