Singing up a storm at sunrise

Last year, choirs across the globe were suddenly silenced. Here at the TSO the singing may have stopped in March, but the momentum to stay together grew as our TSO Chorusmaster, June Tyzack, kicked into action and developed new ways to keep her singers safely connected.

We grabbed June for a quick conversation to find out what’s in store for 2021. Here’s what she had to say.

“2020 shall be remembered as the year the TSO Chorus weathered three seasons and the pandemic by mostly singing outdoors, protected from the elements by social cohesion and the power of choral singing. Despite the uniqueness we have emerged with increased membership, and on the first Tuesday night in March the expanded chorus family occupied C3 Convention Centre located by the Rivulet in South Hobart and sang with boundless energy and enthusiasm.  You should have heard the basses!!

Our first project is a filmed version of Ben van Tienen’s Isolation Songs - a four movement work we commissioned and premiered last year. Simultaneously we will be rehearsing a recital program that showcases the best contemporary choral composers, and in anticipation of performances with the orchestra later this year, I’ve included works that will feature two of our superb TSO musicians.  Stunning program - remarkable combination - amazing chorus!”

If you haven’t seen it yet, The Sunrise Project film demonstrates what the chorus achieved in 2020, in the face of adversity. We welcome you to watch it, and share it with your loved ones, so you can all embrace the glorious singing and spectacular Tasmanian scenery. We’re thrilled it has almost 18,000 views on YouTube, a sign that people globally are experiencing the joy of music made here in Tasmania.

Bravo June, and bravo TSO Chorus!