The Sydney Women¹s Vocal Orchestra (SWVO) is looking for ³ladies² (sops,
altos, tenors) for a one-off performance in Martin Place on Tues 15 Feb at
11am to be part of a Fall of Singapore commemoration.
This is SWVO¹s 8th year. We perform the music that Margaret Dryburgh and
Norah Chambers arranged and taught in secret in POW in Sumatra (as seen in
the film ³Paradise Road²). This was a courageous and creative effort to
raise the spirits of the women who were malnourished, diseased and living in
atrocious conditions. The music is beautiful three and four part
arrangements of mainly classical repertoire.
Over the past eight years we have performed the music and told the story of
the women in various concert-style presentations. Our annual performance is
at the Fall of Singapore commemoration in Martin Place, which is always an
extremely moving occasion.
If you can read music (Dvorak¹s ³Largo² and Chopin¹s ³Prelude² as well as
Dryburgh¹s ³Captives¹ Hymn²) and can come to one rehearsal (Sat 12 Feb
10am-midday in Cammeray) and the ceremony at 11am on Tues 15 Feb, please
consider being part of keeping this extraordinary music alive.
I¹m happy to answer questions and of course email sheet music to interested
All good wishes
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