Begin your festive season at BREC’s Christmas Concert featuring Bunbury Men of Song, with special guests South West Wind and Jazz Orchestra + Vocal Fusion Youth Choir.
Premiered last year at BREC’s Christmas Concert BMOS will once again present CHRISTMAS TIME – a stunning piece celebrating the Christmas season in the South West.
Commissioned by the choir in 2020 by good friend of the choir Paul Jarman. Paul lives the Coffs Harbour hinterland and has been commissioned by the choir on a number of occasions including their theme song Men of Song. Christmas Time will feature a visual aspect of driving through the south west during our warm summer.
Repertoire for the 2021 Christmas Concert also includes:
CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT is a song from Disney’s 1994 animated film “The Lion King” composed by Elton John with lyrics by Tim Rice. It was described by Don Hahn, Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff as having “the most diverse history” in the film. It was a chart hit in the UK, peaking at number 14 on the UK Singles Chart and achieved even more success in the US, reaching number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. At the 67th Academy Awards in March 1994 it won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. BMOS will perform this classic arranged by Audrey Snyder.
FEELING GOOD is a song written by English composers Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse for the musical The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd. It was first performed on stage in 19664 by Cy Grant on the UK tour and by Gilbert Price in 1965 with the original Broadway cast. BMOS will perform the arrangement by Alan Billingsley
The evening finishes with an invitation for everyone to join the chorus and sing along with some of your favourite Christmas carols.
The Bunbury Men of Song are about music for enjoyment – the enjoyment derived from singing in the classic male voice choral tradition and the enjoyment people get from hearing these performances. Formed in 1998, Bunbury Men of Song have a membership of over 40 men aged from 18 to 80, who come from across the greater Bunbury region and the South West.
A great night out for the whole family, we look forward to celebrating the holiday season with you at BREC!
Bunbury Men of Song
Bunbury Men of Song began in a very small way in 1998. Since that time through the talents of its Musical Directors and Accompanists and the dedication and hardwork of its members, the choir has grown to have more than 35 members, and is enjoying success and acclaim in its performances in Western Australian and across the rest of our nation.
Our members come from almost every walk of life. We have students, those seeking work, labourers and trades people, professionals, retired persons and more. Some were born in Australia, others have come to make their home here from various places around the world. Our members comment on the ready welcome that they are given, the friendship they are offered and the genuine care and support they find as members of Bunbury Men of Song.
Some of our members can read music and have sung before. Others have not had that opportunity, but together under the direction of our Musical Director, Ian Mills, we learn to blend our voices. This enables us to share a wide variety of music from Brand New Australian compositions to those that are well loved standards of Male Choirs and most everything in between.
We provide members with music and rehearsal tracks to practice at home and heavily subsidize membership for gents under 21 years of age.
Singing is known for its great health benefits, in terms of breathing, lowering blood pressure and raising a sense of self worth and enjoyment. It is part of the universal tribal nature of humanity of celebrating our lives and telling ours stories and histories through song.
South West Wind and Jazz Orchestra
The South West Wind Orchestra is a non-profit community based wind orchestra, comprising between 35 and 45 musicians. Since establishment in 1985, the band and its members have steadily developed to become one of the premier regional bands in the state, with recent accolades at both state and local championships, including winning their division at the 2021 WA state band championships and the 2021 Queens Cup competition. The group has members from a wide range of ages and occupations, offering an opportunity to extend members overall musicianship whilst they are a part of the band. The group plays a variety of music, from tradition wind band music, including hymns and marches, tv and film scores, pop music and entertainment numbers.
Tickets & Venue Info
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