Jenny Garrett with grandson Nicholas, 2.
Jenny Garrett with grandson Nicholas, 2. Tom Huntley

Company of Voices brings merry note to Library Square

GLADSTONE Performing Arts Company brought festive cheer to Library Square on Saturday with community choir Company of Voices' Christmas celebration.

Choral director Jenny Garrett said the group brought along many of the carols they had performed at Carols by Candelight as well as a few extra items.

There are about 35 choir members who practise once a week on Monday evenings, with about 20 of those performing on the night.

"We have a lot of fun," Ms Garrett said.

"It's a lovely social group. We all enjoy singing together."

When they're not gearing up for a special performance Company of Voices' repertoire is a little bit of everything, including Broadway numbers, Queen and ballads.

 

Grace Hocking, 14, Avril Hocking, 11, and Emmy Lou Hocking, 16.
Grace Hocking, 14, Avril Hocking, 11, and Emmy Lou Hocking, 16. Tom Huntley

Hocking sisters raise their voices together

ONE thing's for sure - musical talent runs in the Hocking family.

Talented sisters Emmy Lou, 16, Grace, 14, and Avril, 11, delighted the audience on Saturday night at the Company of Voices Christmas celebrations at Library Square.

The trio performed Were You There.

The sisters said that they enjoyed the communal sense of the choir, and had performed with the group for a number of years.

They said they were always singing around the house and undertaking various lessons.

All three can play the piano. They were taught by their mother Sue Podger who accompanied the carollers on Saturday.

Grace plays the strings and takes lessons with Carmen Smith while Avril has vocal lessons with Jenny Garrett.

The sisters recommended other people with musical talent try to become involved in a choir.

"It's not as daunting as you may initially think," Emmy Lou said.

Grace added: "You meet lots of people."

 



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