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What happens when 900 singers seek out the best concert venue for a capella choruses in Australia? They hit a high note at Wrest Point in Hobart.
For the third consecutive year, Sweet Adelines Australia has chosen to host its national convention at the venue, heralding the Tasman Room as the best concert hall of its type in the country.
Held over four days from 17-20 May, the convention combines quartet and chorus competitions, a mass sing, leaders’ breakfast, master classes and an after party.
Attendees have flown into Hobart from as far west as Busselton and as far north as Hervey Bay.
Event organiser Annette Connolly said that some of the choruses had adjusted the way they stand to capitalise on the state of the art auditorium, and while it was a risk to come to Hobart for three years in a row, the response from members was very positive.
“Everyone was excited to be coming back here and exploring further,” she said.
”Most of our members have been travelling around Tasmania either before or after the convention.
“We keep in touch with where people are going and what they’re up to on facebook, so word of mouth recommendations spread very quickly.”
Australia boasts the largest region of Sweet Adelines International, with 1400 members nationally – 50 of those are members of Hobart Harmony. Next year marks the 30th anniversary of Sweet Adelines in Australia.