I have been involved in leading choirs for forty years - since upper secondary school. This year I was part of leading a regional choir to the Gurrong concert. The process, the content, the synergy and the spirit made it the MOST important and simply greatest sing of my life to date! From my heart, THANK YOU you to all.
I honestly had no idea what to expect from this experience as I'd never even heard of the Millennium Chorus before. I was cynical for the first few rehearsals as I thought some of the songs were too difficult to learn, and a bit old fashioned. But as the weeks went on, and the voices came together, I began to feel like I was a part of something much bigger than myself.And then when we finally performed at Hamer Hall, I was genuinely moved and energised in a way that I never expected. I felt honoured to be a part of the choir, and the whole experience.
What an experience! It is hard to describe how it feels to be an "ordinary person" who has had the opportunity to stand on stage as part of this wonderful performance in a venue where world class artists have also stood. The Boite is truly egalitarian in its commitment to the joys of music.
At first I was hesitant. A 9 week commitment, and all of those lyrics to remember! But it all came together as promised. I feel privileged to have been a part of something so meaningful and joyous. I believe the world is a better place when we sing.
My first experience participating in the Boite Millennium Chorus Gurrong has been an absolute privilege and inspiring. I found all aspects of the organisation and logistics of co-ordinating the event extremely professional, and the guest artists fantastic. I have been a member of a family extremely involved Theatrical family with my mum Patricia being involved in all aspects of Bendigo Theatre Company for 50 years till her passing, AsI I didn't follow my siblings into the theatre and hadn't really sung in this capacity for 42 years. Feeling more comfortable in the choral group, I now thank Boite for this wonderful experience.. Thank you especially to Jane and James who taught me more in 12 weeks than I had ever learnt in my entire life, that includes school choirs, mini gigs as a teenager, and 5 recent years in a local choir. They're energy, committment and enthusiasm is inspirational. Sincere thanks to Boite.
An exquisite and moving event, well organised, brilliantly put together and superbly run during rehearsals (and the performance). The choir masters were just unbelievable, truly talented, while the Boîte personnel were also quite extraordinary. An absolute gift to be part of this very special event and to perform alongside world renowned singers (and dancers) who were most respectful of us all. Having the children singing too on the night meant that it had people of all ages contributing to this deeply emotional and meaningful community event.
I experienced a state of well-being through-out this entire experience that birthed joy, delight, surprise, gratitude, love and a fullness of being human that can only come from singing with such wonder-filled, gifted people. Such glorious sounds coming together from humans WITHOUT any auditions is both breathtaking and life-giving. As a public health practitioner this is by far the BEST way to bring well-being to communities in these shame-filled, dark times. Thank you to all who generated this wonder ... it was like a great prayer enfolding and blessing us all.
It's so easy to not get involved and commit to something, especially over the winter months.....but this experience has taught me that being part of something that brings out the sunshine in humanity, rewards the soul like nothing else can.
A few months ago, I decided to do something I had never done before in my previous 78 years. My enjoyment of choirs, amongst other things, had been sparked by the Boite over many years, so I thought “I'll try out for the Millenium Chorus.” I had never sung in a choir before – never at school, not in church, not even in the shower! Involvement in the 2014 Chorus has been sheer pleasure from start to finish. Inspiring leaders weaving magic, drawing wonders from enthusiastic singers from near and far. Friendly people. Highly efficient organisation in every detail. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made!
As a Millenium Chorus 'newbie', I can honestly say what a wonderful, fabulous experience! I thoroughly enjoyed every part of it- the rehearsals, meeting so many lovely people and of course, the performance itself. The songs were interesting and varied and very musical. Learning to sing in other languages was challenging and stimulating. I learned more about Australia's history such as about Pennyweight Hill. I found James and Jane amazing in their level of preparation for the rehearsals and their warmth, patience and encouragement throughout the whole process. No question was brushed aside. I felt well prepared for the concert and enjoyed it immensely. Singing on the same stage as Archie Roach is something I will never forget. Thanks to the Boite for making it all possible!