Port Augusta sopranos head to Port Lincoln

VOICE: The Desert Voices at the Nautilus Theatre, Port Lincoln.
VOICE: The Desert Voices at the Nautilus Theatre, Port Lincoln.

PORT Augusta’s own Dessert Voices filled Port Lincoln’s Nautilus Theatre with some of their best vocal work at the Two Captains Musical work on Sunday, April 23 in front of a crowd of just over 200 people.

The soprano group of 13 singers and one conductor were part of a 99 member choir whose songs formed a musical tribute to the epic voyages of Englishman Matthew Flinders and the Frenchman Nicolas Baudin who met at Encounter Bay in 1802 while navigating Australia.

They performed in the Part 9 Song, ‘Views Fit For A King’, a song based on Matthew Flinders’ adventures to Mount Brown, one hour east of Port Augusta.

The 40 minute arrangement was composed by Rosemary Nairn OAM, a renowned choir leader who works with choral groups around South Australia, and featured a narrator and soloists

Dessert Voices Singer Anna Beach said the best part of being part of the performance was the ‘sound of singing with 100 people’.

“It’s pretty big, it’s uplifting and transcends you,” she said.

“We sat where the audience usually sits in the theatre and the audience were on the stage.

“We learnt to the French National Anthem (La Marseillaise), in French, one of our members is French so she worked very hard on our pronunciation.” 

Fellow Dessert Voices Singer Shirley Mundy said the event had extra meaning to her because she does tours at Arid Lands Botanic Garden that feature Matthew Flinders.

Pictured above are the The Desert Voices at the Nautilus Theatre, Port Lincoln - (Bottom Row): Sandra Thomas, Ann Cooper, Rosemary Nairn OAM, Noelene Petrie, Genevieve Tardieu. (Middle Row): Yolande Morris, Anna Beach, Jenny Bourne, Shirley Mundy, Shirley Klingberg. (Top Row) Ann Murrie, Jo Trebilcock, Merry Green, Julia Vnuk

For more information, Dessert Voices practice every Tuesday night at the L G Ritchies Centre, and inquiries can be made to 8641 0706.