Getting together with other singers can be very rewarding and a lot of fun, as Dunedin gospel and world music group Sunny Side Up has found, with two musical ‘exchanges’ this year...
In late July, 21 SSU singers flew to Wellington for a wonderful weekend of singing hosted by Carol Shortis and the Gale Force Gospel choir. Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday morning sessions proved that the groups had a lot in common – a love of singing gospel and an extensive repertoire.
After a lot of singing, talking and eating good food, the weekend concluded on Sunday afternoon with a short public concert where each group presented songs from their own repertoire, as well as coming together for several combined numbers. SSU are looking forward to returning GFG’s excellent hospitality in mid April next year when the Wellington group head south for a similar weekend.
SSU’s second combined event took them north to Oamaru. SLNA and SSU member Jan Parkinson reports….
On a lovely Spring Saturday in late October 25 members of Sunny Side Up took to the road to join with Oamaru’s Limetones community choir for an afternoon concert. The venue was St. Luke's church and proceeds from the event went to Anglican Family Care, North Otago, a very worthy cause.
SSU leader Claire Stevens has also been leading the Limetones recently, and we enjoyed listening to each other's final rehearsal and running through our nine combined items. Individually and collectively the two groups presented a wide range of songs, including gospel and songs from other cultures.
We returned to Dunedin full of the joys of singing and having made new friends. We can't wait to do it all again some time in the future.