Penrith Children’s City Choir (PCCC) is open to all children 7 – 13 years of age. PCCC operates on a project basis with each project consisting of two to three Sunday afternoon workshops ending with a performance. There are no auditions – all you need is a love of singing.
Participation in PCCC allows children to:
The choir is directed by Lucy McAlary who has extensive experience training voices of all ages. Lucy brings her creative teaching style to a wide range of appealing repertoire – from upbeat African numbers to hilarious music hall songs and soulful ballads. All material is age-appropriate in content and musical range. A team of mentors from Penrith City Choir supports the workshops.
Penrith City Children's Choir 2019 Activities
Project I Singing Day
Sunday 17 March, 3.00pm – 5.30pm
Join us for an exuberant afternoon of song. The hilarious ‘Out beyond the black stump’ where ‘the mozzies roam in herds’ is by Australian composer Stephen Leek. There’s a rollicking arrangement of American folk tunes in ‘Charlotte Town’. Plus, the energetic song and dance from the Torres Strait ‘Sesere eeye’. We develop vocal technique, musicianship and part-singing skills in an encouraging and joyful learning environment supported by experienced adult mentors. A great introductory ‘taster’ for new members. Friends and family are invited to attend an informal performance at the end of the workshop.
Project II ‘Wai Bamba’
Sundays 5 and 19 May, 3.00 – 5.00pm
A chance to sing and play an array of percussion instruments kindly donated to Penrith City Children’s Choir by music teacher and chorister Christine Tapsell-Timbs. We will explore African rhythms in the celebratory song ‘Wai Bamba’, build an atmospheric soundscape to the delicate Japanese folksong ‘Sakura’, then sway to the West Indian lilt of ‘Tinga Layo’. No instrumental experience necessary. Friends and family are invited to attend an informal performance at the end of the final workshop.
Project III Ancient Echoes
Sundays 1, 15 and 22 September, 3.00 – 5.00pm with a performance at 4.00pm on the final workshop with special guests The February Consort.
A very special project culminating in a joint performance with the recorder ensemble ‘The February Consort’. Connecting to times long past is the magical ‘Myoon-myoon’ by Stephen Leek, the mysterious ‘Lady dressed in white’ by Lin Marsh and the powerful spiritual ‘Joshua fought the battle’ for choir and recorders.
Project IV The Family Christmas Concert
Workshops Sundays 10 and 24 November, 3.00 – 5.00pm
Combined rehearsals Wednesday 27 and Friday 29 November, 7.30pm – to be advised
PUBLIC CONCERT Sunday 1 December, 3.00pm with Penrith City Choir, Penrith Symphony Orchestra and Penrith Youth Orchestra at The Joan.
A thrilling opportunity to sing with Penrith Symphony Orchestra in the best concert of the festive season. The children’s choir will feature in that iconic song ‘Walking in the air’ with harp accompaniment. Other performers include Penrith City Choir and Penrith Youth Orchestra plus local singing sensation Brittanie Shipway. With a special guest from the North Pole rumoured to make an appearance, this will be fun for the whole family.
How to join: contact PCCC Administrator: Liz Strasser on 0418 202 849, or firstname.lastname@example.org