Local community choir, Riversong, hosted a wonderful evening of song with the Brunswick Women's Choir at the Margaret River Lifestyle Village Clubhouse on Tuesday before the travelling choir delighted local school children with a performance on Wednesday.
From Melbourne, the Brunswick Women's Choir are touring Western Australia after successful performances at the Denmark Festival of Voice over the June long weekend.
With over a hundred people in attendance at the lifestyle village, and eighty singers in the choirs themselves, it was a joyous event with music, laughter and lots of new and wonderful connections being made.
"Community choirs are enjoying a resurgence across Australia in the past few years as people are becoming more aware of the benefits of singing.
"We were very fortunate to have this opportunity to connect with a choir from the other side of the country, share our songs and sing together," said Ruth Boyd, musical director of Riversong.
"It was also wonderful to be able to perform for the residents of the Margaret River Lifestyle Village and enjoy this fabulous Clubhouse venue."
Sandra Lewis, Margaret River Lifestyle Village resident and Riversong Choir member, said "It was so special performing with a wonderful group of people and some really incredible singers, not only in my home town, but also in my home.
"The Clubhouse is like my living room, as I have been a resident of this wonderful community for almost 2 years now, and being able to sing alongside the Brunswick Choir with my friends, and to my friends, was a fantastic experience."
MRLV's Lyn Sinclair said there were plans for similar events in the future.
"We are hoping to host more of these types of events which tap into the interests of our residents, and are driven by our residents," she said.
"Sandra is our first resident to the village and she is hugely involved in the local music scene down here in Margaret River. We thank her and Riversong for organising and driving this extremely special and unique event at our Clubhouse."
On Wednesday morning, the Brunswick Choir headed to St Thomas More Primary School, where they performed a selection of songs for the students and even joined the school's choir, led by Marnie Fulton.
Principal Russell Wylie said the visit was both educational and entertaining for students and teachers.
"The children were excited to learn some different musical techniques, warm-ups and songs sung in different languages during their visit," he said.
"It was great to have the choir come to our school and share their experiences with the children and how music can play such an important part in people's lives."