School students shine through song at Hobsons Voice

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Hobsons Bay’s much loved school choir fest returns in 2019 for the 13th annual Hobsons Voice performance.

Presented by Council, in association with 2013 Hobsons Bay Citizen of the Year Doug Heywood OAM, Hobsons Voice brings together choirs from local primary schools for an afternoon of singing in the historic Williamstown Town Hall on Sunday 25 August.

Arts, Culture and Tourism Portfolio Co-Chair Councillor Colleen Gates said Hobsons Voice has given a stage to more than 2,000 young singers across the city since it started in 2006.

“This unique initiative has teachers and school choirs working with musical director Doug Heywood OAM in a series of workshops, which culminate in an entertaining, free community concert,” said Cr Gates.

“Hobsons Voice adds to Council’s Arts At Your Doorstep, our annual performing arts program.

“We are fortunate to have Doug as part of our community. He really brings a wealth of knowledge to his role as Musical Director and also makes the day a lot of fun.”

Known for singing and performing, and as an orchestral and choral conductor, Doug Heywood has a reputation as being one of the industry’s leading musical directors. Known for his roles with the Camerata Orchestra, Camberwell Chorale and the Melbourne Welsh Male Choir, Doug has been choir master at the Myer Music Bowl Carols by Candlelight each Christmas for more than 30 years.

Cr Gates said she is looking forward to seeing the talented young singers in Hobsons Bay shine.

“Of course it wouldn’t be Hobsons Voice without the students,” said Cr Gates.

“They put in significant time and effort to deliver this event each year and it proves to be one of the most loved events in Hobsons Bay’s calendar.”

Arts At Your Doorstep is Council’s annual performing arts program bringing high quality theatre to Council’s four cultural venues, It provides opportunities for people who live in the west to experience the best in Australian performance, in partnership with local government, regional and national touring bodies.

Hobsons Voice

Sunday 25 August, 2pm to 4pm

Williamstown Town Hall, 104 Ferguson Street, Williamstown

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