Famous conductor Jonathon Welch AM leads the workshop by getting everyone involved in some warm up activities.
Famous conductor Jonathon Welch AM leads the workshop by getting everyone involved in some warm up activities. Max Fleet

Tenor teaches how to get loud

BUNDABERG singers grabbed the chance to stretch their vocal chords yesterday, with instruction from famed tenor and conductor Jonathan Welch.

As Jennifer Lopez's hit song Let's Get Loud pumped out through the Shalom College of Performing Arts stereo, about 70 vocalists did just that — warming up for their workshop with a series of growls, catcalls and unearthly sounds.

But concert-goers at the performance following Mr Welch's workshop were treated to a more traditional sound.

Singers from Bundaberg Orpheus Singers, Childers Choral Society, Catholic Parish Choir, U3A Singers, Rhythms of the Reef and the Woodgate Singers joined Mr Welch for a rendition of You Raise Me Up.

Students from Shalom College, St Mary's, St Joseph's and St Patrick's school choirs, and the Bundaberg Youth Choir, performed Look At Me Now.

Mr Welch became a household name after he formed a choir from Melbourne's homeless, which starred in the 2007 documentary Choir of Hard Knocks.

A 30-year veteran of the music industry, he said Bundaberg held a special place in his heart.

“My singing coach was Donald Smith, who was from Bundaberg,” he said.

Mr Welch said there could be some Bundaberg residents ready to follow in the footsteps of the late tenor Mr Smith.

“There is a lot of talent in Bundaberg,” he said.

“It's part of the magic of music and choirs, when you can throw together a group and have them perform.”



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