Welcome to Rhythm Syndicate, a community Canberra choir comprised of men and women of all ages who love performing a variety of songs in four-part harmony.
Rhythm Syndicate was conceived in 1989 when a few former Woden Valley Youth Choir members decided to reconnect and start singing again. Over the last 27 years Rhythm Syndicate has explored a wide variety of musical styles with a number of well-known and talented local and international musical directors and accompanists.
Rhythm Syndicate likes to perform and welcomes opportunities to do so. For the first half of the year the main focus of Rhythm Syndicate is the Merimbula Jazz Festival which is held over the long weekend in June. Over that weekend, the group performs two jazz brackets as well as featuring in the Jazz Festival's Gospel Church Service. Each year we also perform at Lerida Winery, Lake George. Last year we had a fabulous Christmas event at Lerida which was fully booked; and this year we will be doing it again! Come and join us for carols, and great food and wine.
We enjoy singing and have shared our talent to entertain many people at community events, wedding ceremonies and receptions, corporate and charity events, nursing homes, retirement villages, and various festivals in the ACT and surrounding districts.
Our repertoire comprises an eclectic mix of styles from mainstream jazz, gospel, Christmas songs and carols, to classical and popular songs, both accompanied and a cappella. Rhythm Syndicate prides itself on being the best we can be and while we love to explore different styles of music we mostly enjoy performing middle-of-the-road style jazz. We rehearse every Monday 7.30-9.30pm at Yarralumla Uniting Church.
We have five sections in the choir: first and second sopranos, altos, tenors and basses. Some members have been part of the group for many years and all enjoy the easy-going, companionable and friendly atmosphere the group offers.
While none of us are professional singers we have all had previous singing experience and being able to read music is a big advantage for a member. We like to listen to potential new members in a private and simple audition, just to make sure that we have a balance of voices and do not overload individual parts.
Rhythm Syndicate has also performed in many local and national Eisteddfods and choral competitions.
Tuggeranong View Club (Vikings Town Centre Club) 19 December
Lerida Estate Winery 17 December
High Court of Australia Carols 10 December
National Portrait Gallery Carols 10 December
Griffith Baptist Care Christmas Carols 5 December
Melba Uniting Church Fete 21 October
Yarralumla Uniting Church Arts and Crafts 24 June
Merimbula Jazz Festival June long weekend
Loriendale Orchard 1 April
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