Warrnambool Organ Festival organisers are seeking choristers for a new look program

Right notes: Organist Dominic Perissinotto and opera singer Eva-Marie Middleton played a varitey of music pieces at St Joseph's Church to finish the 2017 Warrnambool Organ Festival. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Right notes: Organist Dominic Perissinotto and opera singer Eva-Marie Middleton played a varitey of music pieces at St Joseph's Church to finish the 2017 Warrnambool Organ Festival. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Vocalists wanting to join a one-time performance of Gioacchino Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle are encouraged to sign up for the Warrnambool Organ Festival 2018.

The 5th annual event will be held at Christ Church on Henna Street from August 31 to September 2.

Aimed at showcasing the pipe organs that reside at many local churches in Warrnambool, the festival has expanded each year with concerts held at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, The Warrnambool Uniting Church, Christ Church, St John’s Presbyterian Church, Lutheran Church and Mozart Hall.

This year’s event will feature a community choral project for the first time since its inception in 2014.

New festival director Louise Keast said interested singers should attend an information session at Warrnambool’s Mozart Hall on Sunday, April 15.

“We are hoping to open up the program of the Warrnambool Organ Festival a bit,” she said. “By programming musical performances that include more than just pipe-organ, we hope to increase community engagement and awareness of the festival.”

Ms Keast said the performance would be an exciting opportunity for anyone wanting to try singing in a major choir.

“It’s an awesome opportunity for local people to improve their singing and performing experience,” she said. “Our conductor Patrick Burns really is phenomenal. He is at the beginning of an incredible career, currently working with The Australian Ballet, Opera Australia and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, so it is a huge coup for Warrnambool that he is coming here to conduct for the festival.”

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