A mixed bag of music

THE Licorice Allsorts Choir and the Bendigo Youth Choir are banding together for two one-off concerts.

The event follows a renewed acquaintance after many years between Bendigo Youth Choir artistic director Valerie Broad and Licorice Allsorts founder Brian Thomas.

Mrs Broad said it would be very interesting.

“Brian asked if it would be possible to do a concert and I thought it was a great idea,” she said.

“I had never heard of a clarinet choir before.

“It was fascinating to hear, they have such a wide variety of jazz and classics.

“It is going to be a mixed bag.”

Mr Thomas said the choir name comes from the old jazz name for the clarinet, a 'licorice stick'.

"Our ensemble uses a range of instruments which cover the same voicing as a vocal choir (soprano, alto, tenor, bass)," he said.

"We are one of only two known clarinet choirs outside of capital cities in Australia.

"The Bendigo program will provide an interesting range of classical and popular music which will have something of interest for all members of the audience."

The first concert will be held in the Church of the Resurrection in Mount Macedon on March 23 followed by a concert in St. Andrew's Church Hall in Bendigo on March 30.

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