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Serendipitous time-travellers to take Moree audiences on a trip through the ages

MOREE’S all-female acapella group, Serendipity, is preparing to again wow audiences when they perform their new show, Serendipity Time Travels at Bank Art Museum Moree in early May.

Rehearsals are well underway for the two-nights-only performance on Friday and Saturday, May 10-11.

Sell-out audiences in 2018 announced Serendipity’s arrival and the group’s first public concerts were resounding smash hits.

The group, under the astute guidance of musical director Michele Maurer-King, has since been busy with rehearsals and performing at various community events, including the recent Australian Defence Force and National Service reunion at Moree Services Club.

This group of enthusiastic vocalists come from diverse backgrounds and vary in age from just 13 to the mid-60s.

“It’s their love of music and singing that unites them,” Michele said.

“How they stumbled upon one another was quite serendipitous, hence the group’s name – it absolutely sums up their ethos.”

Michel Maurer-King and Serendipity performing at the recent Australian Defence Force and National Service reunion at Moree Services Club (Image: Bill Poulos).

And they all have one thing in common – they love to sing.

Serendipity Time Travels has been planned to coincide with the Moree on a Plate weekend to create a fabulous experience for locals as well as visitors.

Serendipity Time Travels will take the audience on a journey through the ages, as together we’ll explore music from the 10th century right through to the 21st century,” Michele said.

“We’ll cross different continents, experience different genres, and hear different languages as we weave our way down the years.

“There’s something for everyone in this eclectic programme which features such varied music as Danny Boy, Nine to Five, Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree, Barcarolle, Joshua Fit The Battle of Jericho, All About That Bass, Gregorian Chant and  many more,” she said.

Bank Art Museum Moree director Vivien Clyne said the gallery enjoyed supporting groups like Serendipity.

“We’ve always had performances here at BAAM and it’s just such a great thing to have art and music overlapping – it works really beautifully,” Vivien said.

“Tom Williams is one performer that does a lot here and we’ve had Stevie and Jac Drenkhahn as well.

“Serendipity will be lovely and I think they will be ideal in this type of space – it’s a bit more intimate.

“A lot of people come along who are interested in music but not really interested in art, so it’s nice to get new faces in the door,” she said.

BAAM will exhibit a collection of photographs from the Art Gallery of New South Wales when Serendipity performs.

“The collection is by Mervyn Bishop, a journalist and photographer who did a lot of social photography,” Vivien said.

“That will be an interesting show, and later in the year we’ll be doing the BAAM Art Fair, which is basically a chance for local artists to do their own solo or little group exhibition in our gallery, and to also sell their wares in an arts’ and craft market.

“There will be a group show downstairs, which will be open to anyone Australia-wide, and upstairs each room will be a different Moree artist, or group of Moree artists,  that will come together to create a cohesive, micro-exhibition,” she said.

Serendipity Time Travels will be performed on Friday and Saturday evenings, May 10-11, from 7.30pm at Bank Art Museum Moree.

Tickets are just $25 per person and available at Sylvia’s Fabrics from Monday, April 16.

To keep up-to-date with Serendipity’s forthcoming travels go to the group’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Serendipity-Sings-2098753510369808/

Words and Image: Bill Poulos