Ecopella to raise Green voices of hope in Byron Bay
FOR MEMBERS of green choir Ecopella, it's an ideal time for environmental songs of hope to be sung from all corners of the country.
The choir's six Sydney-based branches will converge on the Northern Rivers this week for a series of harmony singing workshop and concerts.
They will give three benefit concerts for local Greens groups and this Sunday from 2pm- 5pm they will be running a singing workshop and at 7.30pm they will performing a concert at Kulchajam in the Arts and Industry Estate, Byron Bay.
"The songs may get a few tears or two but are always doused with hope and humour," said choir member Dallas de Brabander.
From stirring marches, heartfelt folk songs, and witty tunes with a tango tempo, the songs aim to buoy those at the coalface as well as inspire those on the fringes.
"These are frightening times for Australians battling to protect their food and water security from the expansion of the resource extraction industry, and to avert a climatic catastrophe of devastating proportions," said choir director Miguel Heatwole.
"Beautiful songs are always needed at such moments in history."
Ecopella director Miguel Heatwole said that the choir's six branches were coming from Sydney's environs to teach and perform in Lismore, Lennox Head and Byron Bay.
The choir will be touring north as far as Brisbane and hopes to raise morale among environmentally-minded people.
The choir started in 1998 and is exclusively concerned with environmental topics.
"We do our best not to have too much doom and gloom in our repertoire," said Mr Heatwole.
"Many of our songs are optimistic, or at least satirically amusing."
Ecopella will perform selections from its first two CDs, An Organism Called Earth and Songs in the Key of Green, as well as material from its forthcoming album Green Footprints.
Kulchajam is at 1 Acacia Street, Arts & Industry Estate, Byron Bay.
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