Led by Mara and Llew Kiek, the two days will conclude with a small showcase of the music learnt over the weekend. This showcase will be free for family and friends to attend. Participants will learn singing techniques as well as choral music from Eastern Europe with a particular focus on the rich culture of the Balkans.

This weekend of activity celebrates Harmony Week and aims to increase cultural understanding through the universal language of music.

Open to individuals as well as choirs, a joy of singing and a willingness to learn is all you need. The ability to read music is helpful but not essential. The two day workshop is suitable for young people in high school through to senior members of the community.

Mara and Llew Kiek, artistic and musical directors of Mara! and Martenitsa Choir, perform, direct and collaborate with many groups and artists in Australia and overseas. They are renowned musical directors in theatre, dance and festival programs with years of experience and many awards. Both have substantial cinema and TV recording and musical direction credits.

Llew is one of Australia’s key medieval and world music plucked string players and is a highly regarded recording producer in world music, a cappella and classical genres.

Mara is a renowned singer and percussionist, an expert in the Bulgarian vocal style, and one of Australia’s key vocal tutors and workshop convenors.

Together Llew and Mara have toured in over 20 countries with the Mara! band and widely in every state and territory of Australia. In addition, both have worked in other internationally touring ensembles.

Over the past 30 years, Mara and Llew have devoted a substantial part of their time and energy to music education around Australia and overseas, particularly through the Musica Viva in Schools program.

Event and Ticket Details

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BMEC Members
Adult $30

Adult $40

* A $3 transaction fee applies

* Registration is for the full weekend

Event Notes

Singing for Harmony will run as follows:

Saturday 23 March
10:30am 2 hour singing workshop
12:30pm 1 hour lunch break
1:30pm 2 hour singing workshop
3:30pm finish

Sunday 24 March
10:30am 2 hour singing workshop
12:30pm 1 hour lunch break
1:30pm 1 hour singing workshop
2:30pm set up for showcase
3pm Showcase of music learnt – free for family and friends to attend


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