Australia’s most acclaimed vocal quartet is making its way to the Orange Regional Conservatorium this winter.
The multi-ARIA award winning foursome, comprised of Sally Cameron (soprano), Naomi Crellin (alto), Nick Begbie (tenor) and Andrew Piper (bass) will be hosting a Professional Development Day for vocal music teachers from across Orange on Wednesday 12th of August, with a community workshop and concert on the 15th.
The workshop will provide members of the community of all ages some hands on experience with some of Australia’s most talented singers, including voice coaching and advice on how to improve vocal skills.
In 2003 TION won The Harmony Sweepstakes in the USA. This is one of the largest international a cappella competitions in the world, open to any a cappella group of three to seven people singing in any musical style or genre.
The group originally formed back in 1993, and at first was only a means of fun for four musically minded friends – but soon grew into a musical phenomenon.
“It was a total fluke how we formed the quartet… At first we were just having fun, but we had such a massive crowd form at our first CD launch that we knew we could take it further,” Mr Begbie said.
Mr Begbie said the group is excited to visit the ORC, and particularly enjoys performing in regional areas due to having a more receptive and lively audience.
“Some of our most appreciative audiences come from the country and regional areas… A lot of people don’t do it (perform regionally) but we love it,” he said.
The quartet will perform a range of different songs on the night, including jazz, folk, pop, gospel and even a bit of comedy for a few laughs.
“There is definitely something for everyone,” Mr Begbie said.
The Professional Development Day will run from 12pm-5:30pm on Wednesday August 12th, the workshop from 11am-12:30pm on Saturday the 15th and the concert starts at 7pm Saturday night. Tickets can be purchased at the Orange Regional Conservatorium. Package deals for both the workshop and concert, as well as large groups are available.