Sounds Familiar reaches fifth anniversary

A passion for singing has united a lively group of southern Barossa residents to become much more than a choir – they are like family.

Lyndoch based choir ‘Sounds Familiar’ member Georgi Cooper explains how the connection evolved when the music group formed in August 2013.

“Lorna Webb, our conductor, had been conducting another group and was looking to lead a new choir,” she said.

“We started off with 12 people in a lounge room and after six months grew so we moved to the Lyndoch Institute.”

To date, the choir has 42 members on the books, both females and males, with between 25-30 regularly attending Thursday night practice.

“I look forward to Thursday nights and singing with the choir, I just can’t explain the beautiful sounds,” Mrs Cooper said. 

Mrs Webb, who holds a Bachelor of Music and is qualified to lead the group, explains how she teaches everyone the techniques of singing as part of the evening.

“But we spend most of our time simply singing for fun,” she said. 

Since its inception, the choir has sung at organised events including this year’s Lyndoch Lutheran Church Christmas in July dinner, a special Anzac Day Sunday event in Gawler and they have performed to people as far as Mallala.

The members also perform at funerals to honour specific song requests.

The singers, aged between 55 and 92-years are accompanied on piano by talented and accomplished Thomas Philp.

Mrs Cooper is keen to share the choir’s progress over the past five years and with members encourages other who may be interested to join.

“We welcome anyone, we don’t have high expectations. To me the best part is singing for pleasure and be educated by a qualified conductor.”

“We really are like family,” Mrs Cooper added.

To join, contact Lorna Webb via email on byrd@internode.on.net