Choir takes stress-free approach to achieve great harmonies

"EVERYONE was born to sing."

According to choir conductor Chris James, that's the premise of the newly established Northern Rivers Community Choir: Voices on Fire.

"Singing is a very natural part of being a human being ... singing relieves stress and brings you back to a place of harmony," he said.

Chris and Jenny James started the choir in August and it has quickly risen to 50 members.

But Mr James said they were still keen to see a lot more people join.

"We feel we're just starting, people are just starting to hear about it," he said.

"We've got our first event coming up, Remembering and Healing in the park on Anzac Day."

Northern Rivers Community Choir are always looking for new members to join their ever expanding group.
Northern Rivers Community Choir are always looking for new members to join their ever expanding group. Marc Stapelberg

Mr James said the choir suited professional musicians and amateurs alike.

"It's a nice break for musicians when they are used to structure," he said.

"It's not a matter of being perfect ... we don't structure the harmonies; we get people to listen to each other and support each other and the harmonies happen naturally."

Choir member Bruno Bertolo said he found singing with Voices on Fire relaxing, stress-relieving and a great social experience.

"It creates amazing sounds very quickly. Chris has this ability to get people to sing freely and openly in a short period of time," he said.

"I'm fairly new in the area so I find that (social) aspect really helpful ... it's friendly and inclusive within the choir space."

The choir rehearses fortnightly on a Wednesday night at the Presbyterian Church on Keen St.

For more information contact Jenny on 6628 3828 or email soundswonderful@mac.com.



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