THE Nathalia and District Community Choir will expand its repertoire of Celtic music at a Gaelic singing workshop on Sunday.
The workshop will be conducted by Saoirse, one of Australia’s leading Celtic music and dance groups, as a prelude to their concert presented by The GRAIN Store in Nathalia.
Choir director Linden Lancaster said the Gaelic singing workshop was perfectly timed for the choir to build on the success of their Celtic music concert Fiddle & Song held earlier this year.
‘‘I have been working for quite some time with the choir to explore our interest in Celtic music and this workshop will help strengthen and deepen our knowledge as well as expand our repertoire,’’ she said.
‘‘Saoirse is a world-class group who have performed in Ireland and Europe, so having them come to Nathalia and having the opportunity to learn from them is very exciting.’’
Project producer Ken Wong said the Melbourne-based group included prominent members of the Australia Celtic and folk music scene, appearing in numerous groups over the years including The Bushwackers.
‘‘Saoirse is known for their soaring vocal harmonies and brilliant musicianship,’’ he said.
‘‘All of the members are multi-talented on instruments including guitar, mandolin, fiddle and traditional Irish drum.’’
The workshop is open to any member of the public who is interested and participants will then have the opportunity to perform with Saoirse at the concert that follows.
‘‘Along with traditional ballads the concert will also include some spirited jigs and Irish dancing to get your feet tapping. I urge people to book early to avoid disappointment,’’ Mr Wong said.
Saoirse will perform at St Mary’s of the Angels Secondary College Auditorium with the workshop starting at 1.30pm followed by the concert at 3pm.
For tickets and information, visit www.the grainstore.org or phone 0403756571.