Wesley College Chorale tunes up for Sydney with surprise local shows

Wesley College Chorale members in action.
Wesley College Chorale members in action.

THE Wesley College Chorale put on some very public performances before jetting off to Sydney.

Members of the chorale gathered on Angelo Street for a surprise flashmob singing session on July 4, before heading to the South Perth Senior Citizens Centre for another performance.

The performances were part of preparation for the Australian International Music Festival, for which the group headed to Sydney on Sunday.

The chorale will perform at a number of locations, including the Sydney Opera House, until July 16.

Wesley College music teacher and chorale director Vivien Ling said the performances around South Perth came after three hours of rehearsals.

“I was not trying to put too much extra pressure on the students, we usually practise once a week,” she said.

“There are 37 kids going over for the event, which is not all of the chorale.

“We have about 50 members and this was the first time the group had rehearsed as the exact choir going over.

“The flashmob was my crazy idea, I had looked at some YouTube videos and wanted to do it.

“The students were enthusiastic about it because it was a bit different from a regular performance.”

Mrs Ling said it was the first time the chorale had taken part in a performance tour in a while, with the last one about five years ago.

“I’ve been told there are going to be more than 1000 performers at the event, so it’s going to be humungous,” she said. “I wanted to give the kids an opportunity to perform in something bigger than themselves.

“We’ll be performing with members of the school’s Chamber Strings, who are all also chorale members.”