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BOOK 1 WORKSHOP FOR $35 OR ALL THREE FOR $75

NAOMI CRELLIN – SATURDAY 18 MAY – 10.30am

Naomi Crellin (THE IDEA OF NORTH) has been a harmony addict since before she could talk. She is an advocate for the therapeutic benefits singing with others brings, and has dedicated her life to spreading vocal joy the world over.

Join her for an immersive singing experience, working on part-holding, tone and blend and performance of the a cappella medium. Learn a song in four-part harmony and feel the buzz from connecting musically with a like-minded group of people.

NAOMI CRELLIN BIOGRAPHY

TONY BACKHOUSE – SATURDAY 3 AUGUST – 10am

In 1985 Tony founded a cappella quartet the Elevators, and a cappella gospel choir the Café of the Gate of Salvation in1986 where is was director, composer and arranger. In the '90s, he co-founded the Sydney Acappella Association with Stuart Davis which he co-ordinated for five years.
His gospel quartet Heavenly Light Quartet formed in 1996. Over the years Tony has appeared at WOMADelaide and WOMAD NZ with various groups. He was the recipient of the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America’s 1993 Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards for Best Song and Best Soloist (Runner-up); the Café of the Gate of Salvation received Best Album (Runner-up) Award.

Tony has run over 2000 vocal workshops since 1987. He regularly runs workshops for those who want harmony, fun, collective improvisation and freedom of expression. The content focuses the African-American repertoire, spirituals, gospel songs old and new, choral and quartet styles, and often including South African gospel, doo-wop, R&B and pop. All the songs used in Tony’s workshops are his transcriptions or arrangements

TONY BACKHOUSE BIOGRAPHY

MARA KIEK– SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER -2pm

Mara has worked with leading American voice scientist Jo Estill and has run many choir workshops including the Sydney Children’s Choir, Gondwana Voices and Wollongong Children’s Choir. She has coached dozens of community choirs throughout Australia, has run many vocal workshops in schools and at festivals in Australia and overseas.

Mara will introduce you to the ‘mystery’ of Bulgarian singing with a focus on how to modify your voice to produce this extraordinary vocal quality safely and effectively. You will learn about the complex rhythms and harmonies at the heart of Balkan traditional music and then you’ll try out your newly acquired skills on a selection of songs from the exquisite Bulgarian choral repertoire.

MARA KIEK BIOGRAPHY