Moree’s newly-established, all-female vocal group, Serendipity, is set to send shivers down the spines of the Moree community when it takes to the stage for its first concert at the end of this month.
The group was serendipitously formed in April last year following a chance encounter by a group of Moree women who discovered a mutual love of singing.
“It was so random, a meeting of strangers,” Serendipity musical director Michele Maurer said.
“We started chatting away and discovered a mutual love of music and then started talking about vocal music and realised we’re all singers craving an outlet for close harmony singing.
“It was a really serendipitous meeting. And every person who has come into the group since, it has been a similar thing.”
Serendipity is the act of finding something valuable and delightful when not looking for it – hence the perfect name for this group of women who have found joy in harmonising together.
The group is made up of an eclectic mix of women, ranging in age from 12 years to mid-60s, with two students, a professional costume maker, two agronomists, a beautician, a primary school teacher, a nurse, an RMS testing officer and a vocal teacher who have all come together through one common interest – music.
“This is what music does for you, it’s not defined by your job, economic status, or age,” Ms Maurer said.
“It’s a common language that we can all come together and experience that wonderful emotion.
“The Chinese proverb, ‘Music is the gateway between heaven and earth’ is one of my favourites. Music takes me to a completely different place.”
Not only is the group made up of an interesting mix of women, but they sing an eclectic variety of music – everything from ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’ to ‘All About That Bass’ by Meghan Trainor.
Specialising in three and four part harmonies, Serendipity, is predominantly an acapella group, but will be accompanied by local band Contingency Plan and pianist Ritchie Hair for some of their songs during their upcoming concert. There will also be solo performances, a duet and a trio.
“It’s a real collaboration between musicians in town,” Ms Maurer said.
“It just highlights how much talent we have in the community.
“I challenge anyone to come along and not have anything that they really love of the songs that we’re singing.”
Serendipity performed for the first time at Carols by Candlelight in December last year and will be making an appearance at Moree on a Plate this Saturday, however Serendipity Sings will be their very first concert.
With everything from classical, musical theatre, chart hits, sacred, folk and Australian composition to be on the set list, Ms Maurer promises an evening of pure enjoyment.
“You can just sit back and be entertained; it’s a no-brainer night,” she said.
“Just sit back and let the beautiful music wash over you. Those harmonies will raise your hairs … that’s what we want people to experience.
“And hearing all-female voices together is not something you often hear … there’s a real power to that.”
Originally slated for just two nights – Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2 – Serendipity Sings has been extended for an additional show on Thursday, May 31 after selling out their two performances within four days.
“We didn’t know how people would respond,” Ms Maurer said.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the support.”
Tickets for Thursday’s performance went on sale on Thursday, May 10, and already two-thirds have sold.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from Sylvia’s Fabrics.
Serendipity Sings will be held at Moree Town and Country Club at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.
For more information, visit the Serendipity Sings Facebook page.