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 held its first rehearsal in early 1990 with a few former Woden Valley Youth Choir members who decided to reconnect and start singing again. We will celebrate our 30th anniversary in early 2020.
We love to perform and welcome opportunities to do so. For the first half of the year our main focus 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 Ecumenical Church Service. Each year we also perform at Lerida Winery, Lake George, and a number of other venues including community events, wedding ceremonies, corporate and charity events, nursing homes, retirement villages, and various festivals in Canberra and the surrounding region.
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. We pride ourselves 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.
Although 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.
Loriendale Orchard 24 March
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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