Country choir in the big city

CHOIR: The Desert Voices sang popular holiday carols at the Institute Theatre during the opening night of the Christmas Tree Festival.
CHOIR: The Desert Voices sang popular holiday carols at the Institute Theatre during the opening night of the Christmas Tree Festival.

One of Port Augusta’s very own singing groups will be among a medley of voices heard throughout the Adelaide CBD during the holiday season.

The Desert Voices have been chosen as one of only 30 choirs to participate in Rundle Mall’s ‘Voices of Christmas’ this year.

A number of musical identities, varied community groups, local and regional choirs have been filmed for a high quality audio visual presentation to be played on large screens in the mall.

The Desert Voices were filmed singing at the Platform Gallery earlier this year and committee member Yolande Morris said the opportunity was a thrill for the group.

“It was a bit nerve-racking when we got there and found out that we couldn’t use our books and we were doing all of this from memory,” Ms Morris explained.

“But we did just fine. I think we were the first group that they took the recording of silent night for and they just did one take with us and said, ‘yep, you’ve nailed it,’ so we were pretty proud about that.”

In addition to appearing on screens throughout Rundle Mall, the Desert Voices will be performing on December 14 at the event launch. They will be a part of a massed choir singing carols and backing vocals for musician Ricky Lee as she performs a special rendition of Hallelujah.

Although not every member of the choir will be able to make it down, Ms Morris said at least half will be there.

“The Desert Voices are good at saying ‘yes’ to every opportunity we get and this was a pretty amazing offer when you consider that we are the only country choir — that we know of — who have been invited to participate,” she said.

“It’ll be just amazing to see it because it’s hard to imagine it until you see how they’ve combined 500 voices into some sort of audio visual video type thing, but I’m sure they’ll pull it all together and it will be terrific!”

The Voices of Christmas celebration will run from December 15 until December 24. As part of the celebration the Desert Voices will be performing as a solo ensemble in the mall at 1pm on Saturday December 16 and 11.40am on Sunday December 17.

“I don’t know whether they will stop and look at us or if we will put our buskers hats out!” Ms Morris joked.

“It’s midday and it’s a pretty good time for us to perform so that’s gonna be fantastic.

“I think we get a chance to do some of the Christmas carols with the backing music and then we also get a chance to sing acapella and do some our non-Christmassy songs that hopefully the crowd will find entertaining.”