The Melbourne Welsh Male Choir is marking winter with a major concert in Bendigo on June 24 at the Ulumbarra Theatre.
The 50-strong choir will be joined by New Zealand born bass-baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes, and Melbourne soprano Kate Amos.
It is Tahu Rhodes’ third time with the choir.
He will perform solos plus a selection of the best known and loved songs from stage and screen, including Les Misérables, with the choir.
Amos, who won the choir’s Singer of the Year Competition in 2016, will perform Adele’s Laughing Song from Die Fledermaus and join Tahu Rhodes for duets including Là ci darem la mano from Don Giovanni.
Naturally, the choir will sing some Welsh favourites.
David Ashton-Smith OAM, who became the choir’s director in early 2016, is pleased with the line-up and program.
“Teddy Tahu Rhodes performed to great acclaim with the choir in 2015 and we were chuffed when he approached the choir seeking another chance to sing with us. This time round, the people of Bendigo also get an opportunity to enjoy his glorious voice and striking stage presence,” Ashton-Smith said.
“Kate Amos, who has extensive performance experience in opera, operetta and musical theatre, is a great addition to the concerts. Kate’s vocal versatility is a delight. The concerts are the perfect way to beat those wintertime blues.”
Ashton-Smith is particularly pleased to have the opportunity to perform with the choir in Bendigo.
“Bendigo has become such a cultural hub for all Victorians. I have been associated with singing and choral music performances in Bendigo for over 40 years. In fact, I actually won the Bendigo Aria Competition back in the late 60s – it helped kickstart my career,” he said.