Bali Community Choir

Published: 19th July 2010
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March 06, 2010 - Established in September 2009, the Bali Community Choir meets every Tuesday evening at the Gateway Community Center on Jalan Danau Batur Sari No.3 in Sanur (across from the Canang Sari Restaurant on the same street that leads to the Bali International School).

Led and inspired by its volunteer conductor, Brendan O'Donnell, the choir is open without audition to anyone over the age of 18 years with a desire to sing.

The choir - in terms of sound, size and musical enthusiasm is impressive. A series of informal caroling dates at local hotels in Bali in the week before Christmas were well received and earned valuable visibility for the newly-formed choir which now draws an average of 30-40 people at each rehearsal. The choir's musical tastes are eclectic; ranging effortlessly from the sacred to the profane and everything in between. A recent rehearsal saw O'Donnell taking the choir through their paces singing I Dreamed a Dream (Les Miserables), The Streets of London, Java Jive (The Manhattan Transfer), Hava Nagila, Amazing Grace, Edelweiss, Riu Riu Chiu (15th century Spanish) and a selection of songs sung in barbershop harmony.

The choir has several goals. The first is to create a pressure-free environment for anyone wishing to sing to do so. The second is to bring together a broad spectrum of members of the expatriate and local Indonesian communities. And the last goal is to work towards public performances in order to share our music with neighbors and friends in Bali.

Audition are not necessary and participation is free of charge, although a small weekly donation from members able to do so helps to cover hall rentals and music acquisition costs. In the end, the emphasis is on "community" with members enjoying the fellowship in equal measure with the music.

For further information about this community, you can contact: Brendan (English) on 081353120682 or Ricky (Indonesian) on 081338753327

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