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Swan Hill’s In Full Voice 2023 – A Community Choir Extravaganza for Everyone!

Get ready to raise your voices, Swan Hill! The Fairfax Youth Festival is back with a sensational community event that promises to be even more magical than before. In Full Voice is here, and it’s calling all residents of Swan Hill and the Sunraysia Mallee to join in a mass choir experience like no other. And the best part? No singing skills are required!

Swan Hill Rural City Council Mayor, Cr Les McPhee, said he was thrilled to see the popular Fairfax Youth Festival return to Swan Hill bigger and better than ever.

“The Fairfax Youth Festival provides a wonderful opportunity for rural young people to tap into their creative voices – it is great to see it growing in popularity and support each year,” Cr McPhee said.

“I’d encourage everyone to spread the word about this fantastic program – tell you kids, your grandkids, even tell the neighbours kids!” Cr McPhee said.

Artistic Director Bryce Ives said this year’s In Full Voice is not your typical choir event; it’s a grand celebration of democratic music and everyone having a go.

“It’s led by Helpman Award-winning composer and music director Nate Gilkes, alongside Emma Kelly (Swan Hill local and Fairfax Youth Associate.)

“This event is set to ignite your passion for music and camaraderie, in just two hours!.

“In two hours, we teach you the song, we practice, and then we record it, Mr Ives said.

In Full Voice welcomes participants of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels, whether you’re an experienced performer or new to singing in public. This inclusive and intergenerational choir extravaganza is all about unity and togetherness.

“This event is open to everyone – it’s not just for young people.

“From 5 years old to 95. We want farmers, footy players, accountants, taxi drivers, teachers, nurses, students, Mums, Dads, Aunties,” he said.

Mr Ives said this was first attempted in 2018 and it was phenomenal.

“This is going to be a great free event at the Swan Hill Town Hall, and we’re all really looking forward to welcoming people from far and wide and coming together to sing.”

“Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to be a part of something unforgettable.

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, 4 October, and join us at the Swan Hill Town Hall. You don’t need to be a singer; you just need to show up, have fun, and experience the magic of collective creativity,” he said.

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