Having Dutch heritage hasn't stopped Rob Hopman singing in the Victorian Welsh Choir.
Hopman joined the choir 16 years ago and still loves it for the enjoyment, challenges and thrill of learning about signing.
"I have always had a thing for music," he said. "I'm not formally trained but have always have done something musical. My wife and I were in a few bush bands around Melbourne and I always (enjoyed) having a bash on the guitar.
"The four-part harmonies (of the choir) took me in. It's a beautiful sound to create, building up to big chords at the end of a verse or song. When I tried it out, I loved it.
"The other side that I really like is bringing a lot of joy to audiences. It's quite a dynamic sound when you have up to 50 men's voices singing in four parts."
Hopman will be one of 16 central Victorians to be singing with the Welsh Choir when it is joined by Marina Prior next weekend for a performance at Ulumbarra.
Funds raised will help raise be split between the Rotary Club of South Bendigo and the Ulumbarra Foundation to support local performing arts grants and school programs.
Since beginning in 2015, the biennial concert has raised $25,000 for performing arts.
"We have done couple of shows with (Marina Prior) including one in Ulumbarra two years ago. That was exciting," Mr Hopman said. "It puts a whole other element into the whole performance."
The 16 central Victorian members of the Victorian Welsh Choir meet up each week in White Hills to practice with the choir's musical director Faleiry Koczkar.
"I'm still learning after all this time," Mr Hopman said. "And I'm still enjoying it and still being challenged. (Faleiry) does a lot of work pre-concert day in liaising with the artists and re-arranging some of our songs so we can perform together.
"We have four guys come over from Echuca, one guy from Gisborne, one from Woodend and two from Castlemaine (and the Bendigo boys).
"Getting us all together to rehearse is a bit tricky but we tend to learn our stuff well with Faleiry here every Thursday night teaching us what she taught the Melbourne members."
The Victorian Welsh Choir with Marina Prior is on at Ulumbarra on Sunday, September 22. For tickets visit gotix.com.au or phone 5434 6100.
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