Denmark Festival of Voice
1 - 4 June (WA Day long weekend)
Friends of Denmark Festival of Voice
We Need Your Help!
At the end of last year we received a grant from Creative Partnerships Australia called Plus 1. It’s a great honour usually reserved for much larger arts organisations however, there’s a catch! Plus 1 is a dollar for dollar matched funding grant. What this means is that there’s up to $50,000 available but only if we raise up to $50,000.
We’ve spent the last few months pursuing corporate sponsors, but to date we haven’t had the success we’d hoped for. Time is not on our side as the grant expires at the end of April.
This grant has been awarded to the Denmark Festival of Voice. Success in reaching our Plus 1 target would be transformative and would give our festival budget a much-needed boost. We are proud that both our festivals support our artists and our community.
As friends of Denmark Arts we’re hoping you can help us now by making a small (or large) donation to our fundraising campaign called Impact 33: Creative Denmark. Donations over $2 are fully tax deductible and every dollar donated before the end of April will be matched dollar for dollar by Plus 1.
We aim for the Impact 33: Creative Denmark fundraising initiative to be ongoing. In future years we hope that funds raised will go towards supporting creativity throughout our community.
To donate go to:
It is also our pleasure to introduce to you some of our beloved choirs that will be involved in this year's Denmark Festival of Voice.
Koondarm is a young adults choir with focus on Noongar culture and language. Their purpose is to respectfully expose and encourage local language and come together to enjoy song. In doing so, creating a richer understanding of each others background, culture and lives.
The concept of being a choir/voice band is continually evolving as they introduce instrumental elements and explore other musical collaborations. Since their inception last year, Koondarm have enjoyed sharing special connections and had many incredible experiences and look forward to more over the Festival weekend.
For more information about this choir visit: https://www.facebook.com/Koondarm-Choir-202171600167722/
The Men of the West
Joining us again will be The Men of the West (formerly known as The Spooky Men of the West) are a dark, behatted behemoth of blokes, singing anything from Georgian table songs to “improbable hits”.
This mysterious male voice choir from Perth Western Australia first appeared at the Fairbridge festival in 2005. Since then they have materialised at many times and places, mainly in the general vicinity Fremantle, but also in regional WA and at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2014 and 2015.
In their musical “oeuvre” the Men if the West valiantly attempt to redefine the predicament of the modern man while attempting to scale the peaks of pointless grandeur, magnificent manhomery, and poignant pathos. Led by director Ryan Morrison, much of the material is original songs from the zany hand of Stephen Taberner, founder of the Spooky Men’s Chorale, and includes crowd favourites like “Don’t Stand Between a Man and his Tool”.
To listen to or watch a video of the choir visit: http://menofthewest.com.au/video/
For more information about this choir visit: http://www.menofthewest.com.au
Creating a warm, sensitive and safe environment to encourage members to express the joy and beauty of music and voice; Madjitil Moorna aim to generate healing within community through the vibrations of their harmonious songs.
The group promotes Aboriginal and Torres Strait language songs and compositions by Indigenous artists from around Australia with a clear focus on increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait membership at every opportunity. Embracing reconciliation through the multicultural blend of their members; Madjitil Moorna love to share the joy of singing with Aboriginal communities and country towns.
To watch a video of the choir visit: https://youtu.be/pD_hCA4WY28
For more information about this choir visit: https://www.madjitilmoorna.org.au
Working Voices Choir
The Working Voices choir has been
singing songs about social justice, working people and the environment since forming in 1989. Nearly 30 years on and the
y carry on the tradition singing at May Day in Fremantle and at rallies and other events around Perth.
They also love singing at Festivals around WA including our very own Denmark Festival of Voice. We very much look forward to seeing The Working Voices choir once again this year.
For more information about this choir visit: http://www.workingvoiceschoir.org.au
No Rechoirments are an acapella choir that tackles all sorts of music - from Tallis to Gospel to Sea Shanty's. The Perth group made their debut in Dunsborough and are excited to bring their unique flavour to Denmark.
This group enjoy helping people to find and nurture their secret (or not-so-secret) desire to sing... and enjoy a good pun or five on the way. No Rechoirments look forward to sharing the joy of music and song at this year's festival and are excited to experience performances by other groups over the weekend.
To listen to the choir's songs visit: https://soundcloud.com/norechoirments
For more information about this choir visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/570786809641248/about/
Bird on a Wire Vocal Ensemble
Albany’s newest vocal ensemble Bird on a Wire has hatched from the successful Safety in Numbers Choir led by musical director, Teresa Hughes. The group sings a varied repertoire including contemporary, soul, world music as well as madrigals in four-part harmony. The songs feature arrangements in both a’capellla and piano accompaniment settings.
To watch a video of this choir visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IM21pvylGWU&feature=youtu.be
Also conducted by Teresa Hughes, The Lelebirds is a 12 piece Ukulele band based in Albany WA. The birds play a varied repertoire of covers including blues, jazz, country and swing, with rhythm and lead ukulele, bass, percussion and gorgeous vocal harmonies. The Lelebirds bring a sense of humour and fun to their performances and entertain folks in and around Albany and Denmark at cafe gigs and community events.
To watch a video of this choir visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdFK30bIXgw