The Newhaven Boys Vocal Group have been selected to perform at the prestigious Pemulwuy! National Male Voice Festival that will be held in Brisbane in June and July.
Pemulwuy! is a triennial event that aims to encourage males throughout Australia to engage in singing at whatever level of experience they find themselves and to build networks between conductors and artists who work in this unique field.
A relatively young ensemble in only its fourth year, the Newhaven Boys Vocal Group selects its members from local secondary school aged boys, and audition is by invitation only. The composition of the group changes each year as boys who finish school move on, allowing junior boys in training to take on more significant roles as their voices develop.
The Pemulwuy! performers will be Newhaven College students Tom Barker (Tenor II), Angus Bradford (Bass), Finnan Donohue (Bass), Noah Lugt-Cole (Tenor II), Jack McDonald (Tenor I), Jack Montgomery (Baritone/Bass), Byron Scothern (Baritone), Mack Williams (Tenor I) and Wonthaggi Secondary School Captain Nick Lawson (Tenor I).
Performing the Miss Saigon anthem ‘Bui Doi’ in their audition video that was produced by group member Jack Montgomery, the group were the only Victorian choir selected to join twelve other choirs from across the country and also Japan. This achievement is especially significant as it is the first time the group have applied to attend Pemulwuy!
Director of the group, Kirk Skinner, is thrilled at their selection. “This achievement is big, really big! As well as performing alongside some very, very good choirs, the group will work with international clinicians in a series of exclusive workshops. Stepping onto the international stage is an appropriate reward for these local boys who have worked very hard to learn to perform both as individuals and also successfully as a group.”
"We wish to thank our sponsors for their support to make this trip affordable for every boy. Our major contributors are the Newsboys Foundation, Bass Coast Shire Council, Watersure and the Phillip Island RSL."
The Newhaven Boys Vocal Group will perform two Pemulwuy! Showcase Concerts at Brisbane Grammar School on June 30 and July 1 as well as the choral extravaganza Finale Concert, ‘Voices from the Trenches’, at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre on Sunday July 2.
The Newhaven Boys Vocal Group audition performance of ‘Bui Doi’ can be viewed on our Facebook page.
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