Singers on the road

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 28-Jul-2016

Last Saturday, seven local choristers joined others from across Melbourne and regional Victoria to perform Windrush, as part of the 300 member Boîte Millennium Chorus at the world class Hamer Hall in Melbourne.

The Bendigo group, under the leadership of Kelly Effenberg trained for 10 weeks before coming together with other regional choir groups to form the biggest Caribbean choir in the world.

“This has been a fantastic opportunity, as Bendigo hasn’t been well represented in the Boite over the years, as participants have had to travel to Castlemaine or Melbourne for rehearsals,” regional choir leader Ms Effenberg said.

“It would be great to have more involvement by Bendigonians next year, especially in the Boite Schools Chorus. It’s well resourced for teachers to easily participate.” 

The Boîte (pronounced “bwaht”) Millennium Chorus has been performing since 1999. 

Many Bendigo locals have joined the group over the years and inspired others to join.

“It’s a wonderful experience; you learn more about the world, yourself and meet some fabulous people from across Victoria. I would do it again in a heartbeat,” first-time Boite member Bryley Savage said.

Artistic director Geoffrey Williams from Daylesford, and Ballarat-based choral director Stella Savy (originally from Bendigo) led the powerful 300-voice choir, along with an all-star reggae/ska house band. 

Mr Williams’ original compositions told the personal tale of his family’s journey of planned migrations from sunny Jamaica to chilly London. For more information go to


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