BarCappella to return to Port Macquarie this September at Settlers Inn

SING OUT: Over 200 people attended the last BarCappella in Port Macquarie. Photo: Jenna Dean.
SING OUT: Over 200 people attended the last BarCappella in Port Macquarie. Photo: Jenna Dean.

If you sing in the shower or in the car then get yourself and your friends to Settlers Inn this September for BarCappella.

BarCappella, pub choirs or pop-up choirs have taken off around the world with people from all walks of life joining together to share their love and passion for music.

The Port Macquarie version is the brainchild of Ruth Allen and Marie van Gend. 

“At our first event we had maybe 80 people come along and at the last event we had more than 200,” Ms van Gend said.

“It is wonderful the Port Macquarie community has embraced BarCappella and it gets bigger and better each time we run an event.

“I think the key is we keep the song choice really simple and accessible to everyone.

“We try and pick an uplifting song so that people feel euphoric and leave with a great sense of joy.”

READY TO SING: Ruth Allen, Adam Kennedy and Marie van Gend at Settlers Inn ready for the big sing. Photo: Laura Telford

READY TO SING: Ruth Allen, Adam Kennedy and Marie van Gend at Settlers Inn ready for the big sing. Photo: Laura Telford

She said it was the collective nature of singing in a group that makes the BarCappella events so popular.

“It works well because individual voices won’t be heard in the crowd. So don’t stress, just come and give it a go,” she said.

“People always ask, what if you don’t know the song, but you’ve never heard the way it’ll sound when 200 people sing it together so don’t worry about it.

“We choose songs that we know will be fun to sing and sound great when we pull it altogether. It’s less about the song than the experience of making a song together.”

To take part in the singing event it is a $10 entry fee which is then fed into a local charity helping the community.

“We want to keep the money raised in the local community so we always pick a local charity or group doing good work in the community,” Ms Allen said.

“Profits from Bar Cappella are donated to local causes and funds raised at the next one will support the Birpai Land Council’s new project, Djiyagangooba Djugal, for women who have experienced violence.

“Djiyagangooba Djugal means 'Sisters’ Stories' and is a new program that will use story-telling, peer-support and community as tools for recovery.

“It will be facilitated by a local indigenous woman who is currently studying a PhD in narrative therapy.”

Singing starts at 7.30pm on September 25 at Settlers Inn. Tickets are $10 and will sell out so purchase your tickets now by clicking here.

For more information head to their Facebook page or email barcappella@westnet.com.au . 

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