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The Velvetones

Vibrant, versatile, vivacious: delightful words describing these velvet-voiced virtuosos.

Inspired by Manhattan Transfer, The Andrews Sisters, The Real Group and the Chordettes, The Velvetones perform heart- stirring jazz ballads to cheeky early Broadway ditties, hypnotizing and delighting audiences all over Australia.

Since 2018, these four sassy women have very quickly established themselves as one of the country’s leading a Capella ensembles, receiving glowing reviews at the Melbourne International Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, and Hobart Festival of Voices.

At the 2018 National a Capella awards, The Velvetones won as National and Band Champions, receiving special awards for Best Jazz Song, Best Comedy Song, and Audience Favourite.

The Velvetones are now very proud to be known as "Melbourne's premier four part female jazz a Capella group with two members of the same name!"

Leonie Axford - soprano

Claire Patti - soprano

Stephanie Firth - alto

Steph McCorkelle - alto

Performing:

Sunday Afternoon Concert 2:30pm

 
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DIVINE DIVAS OF SUNBURY 

The Divas are a high-profile choir making headlines across Melbourne, Australia, as one of the finest un-auditioned 'Show' Choirs. 

They perform under the direction of Founder and Musical Director, Mr. Adam Przewlocki. The 'DIVAS' are a delightfully mixed group of women and young ladies, with extraordinary voices and talents and they come from all walks of life.     

They are multiple- year 1st prize winners at the National Choir Eisteddfods in Canberra and have become one of the first choirs to perform for the inmates at Dame Phyllis Frost Women’s prison.

In 2010 the Divas won a Silver Medal in the World Choir Games in China and in 2012 were Semi-finalists on Australia's Got Talent.  

In 2016 the DIVAS were 1st prize winners in the Australian Choral Challenge at the National Eisteddfod in Canberra.  This was the first time in the history of the competition an un-auditioned choir took top honors in this prestigious event. 

The DIVAS continue to dazzle audiences with their unique blend of showmanship, flair and exquisite singing.

Performing:

Saturday Evening Concert 7:30pm

 
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Young Voices of Melbourne

Young Voices of Melbourne Inc was founded by Mark O’Leary OAM in 1990, and is now regarded as one of Australia’s finest choral programs for young singers.

Its choirs are admired for their passionate performances, engaging repertoire and outstanding Kodály based music education program (Sight Singing School) which is now used in over 40 countries.

Singers in our organization aged 6 to 30 years rehearse weekly in one of six choirs.

Young Voices of Melbourne performs regularly in and around Melbourne, and has recently released ‘Mosaic’, its 11th CD recording.

The choir has a proud history of touring, having undertaken 17 Australian tours to all corners of the country, and 10 international tours to Europe, South Africa, Canada, the USA, Singapore, Thailand, Samoa, New Zealand and Japan.

At this year’s “Festival of 1000 Voices”, there will be 55 members of Young Voices of Melbourne performing at their best… an experience not to be missed.

Performing:

Sunday Afternoon Concert 2:30pm

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Mark O’Leary OAM

Young Voices of Melbourne Inc was founded by Mark O’Leary OAM in 1990, and is now regarded as one of Australia’s finest choral programs for young singers. Its choirs are admired for their passionate performances, engaging repertoire and outstanding Kodály based music education program (Sight Singing School) which is now used in over 40 countries.

Singers in our organization aged 6 to 30 years rehearse weekly in one of six choirs. As well as Young Voices of Melbourne children’s choir, we operate three training choirs for primary age singers, YVMen for school age boys with changed and changing voices and Exaudi, an ensemble for young adult singers.

Young Voices of Melbourne performs regularly in and around Melbourne and has recently released ‘Mosaic’ its 11th CD recording. The choir has a proud history of touring, having undertaken 17 Australian tours to all corners of the country, and 10 international tours to Europe, South Africa, Canada, the USA, Singapore, Thailand, Samoa, New Zealand and Japan.

Mark O’Leary OAM is well known in Australia for his work with Young Voices of Melbourne, Exaudi and Gondwana Voices. Mark is a regular guest conductor and presenter at choral festivals and music education conferences around the country. He publishes Australian choral music in the Young Voices of Melbourne Choral Series and is the creator of the Sight Singing School books and website. He has three degrees from the University of Melbourne, is a Churchill Fellow, an Honorary Life Member of the Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to education and choral music in 2018.