The world-wide pandemic that hit Australia in March 2020, has stopped all rehearsals and performances for the time being. Members did manage a fun dinner get-together at the Robin Hood Hotel in Kensington on Monday the 20th July and here are a few pics from the night.
When there is no pandemic, Women with Latitude aims for at least 2 public performances each year. Over the years, these have been varied and held at a multitude of different venues around Adelaide and South Australia and rehearsals are vital to being ‘performance-ready’.
2019 – An amazing year of performances
2019 was productive and very busy. We doubled our new song repertoire compared with previous years and performed at least twice as many times as in the past. We’ve had several radio interviews as well. Amongst those appearances were:
Performing “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” with the Atlantic Street Band
Sandra introducing prior to recording our CD, and below, weary at the finish of a long day in the Wizard Tone Studios
Women with Latitude participated in the Umbrella Winter City Sounds music festival 2019. The concert entitled “It’s Warm Inside” was held at the beautiful North Adelaide Community Centre hall on Saturday, 27th July 2019 and also featured local musicians, Le Flaneurs Volants a French trio and the Three Gens family band. The hall was filled to capacity and donations of more than $800 went to the Hutt Street Centre music programs. The photos are courtesy of Martin Newland and Terry Mosel from the Adelaide Camera Club.
The major event for Women with Latitude in 2018 was their celebration of 20 years of singing together. A concert was held on Saturday, 15th September. “Celebrating 20 Years Young” was a joyous afternoon of song and friendship involving current members, but also a number of previous members and Music Directors, singing some of our most treasured melodies through the years. The concert was followed by an after-party that all audience members were invited to enjoy. Here are some photos from the day, courtesy of Aussie Kanck.
LOOPING WITH LATITUDE – 25 NOVEMBER 2017
This performance, held at the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel (The Gov) and shared with multi-talented Adam Page, was a resounding success. An appreciative audience of 170 people helped to raise $3,600 for the Never Alone (Luke Batty Foundation). An additional $400 gift from Women with Latitude will bring the total donation to $4,000.
On two occasions in August 2017, our performances helped to raise much needed funds for two worthy causes.
“Chorus for Cambodia” was held on 21st August at 7pm with about 80 people enjoying the combined efforts of Women with Latitude and several very talented Mercedes College students.
Seasonal Women at the Wheaty was held on Sat, 26th August at the Wheatsheaf Hotel in conjunction with the Circle of Friends 115, a group that assists refugees with visa applications for family reunions and protection.
2017 Adelaide Fringe (review by an audience participant)
Women with Latitude’s 2017 Adelaide Fringe performance saw the group and a capacity audience squeezed into a back room venue in the German Club in Flinders Street. A sprightly set of 11 songs allowed the 30-strong group to showcase arrangements – several written especially for them – and their performance under the direction of musical director Cinzia Cursaro was at once confident and charming.
The mood ranged from the exuberant to the plaintive, with particular highlights being a version of the Beatles’ Blackbird, a moving rendition of Billy Bragg’s Tender Comrade and a delightful up-tempo take on the 1930s hit A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square. This is community a capella done really well, with musicality, warmth and a lightness of touch, and the audience signalled their approval with near deafening applause.
Women with Latitude were followed by the Perth group The Ballpoint Penguins, whose short set comprised virtuoso part singing of their own very witty – and very funny – comic songs.
A performance that hit the right notes in all respects.
Women with Latitude and The Solstice Singers held another highly successful concert on Sunday, 13th Nov. The concert raised funds for Church of the Trinity and their program of assisting asylum seekers to gain safe haven visas in Australia. The full house audience were incredibly receptive.
2016 Adelaide Fringe
“The Events” is a moving, inspiring and ultimately uplifting piece of theatre written by David Greig and presented by @State Theatre Company of South Australia. Featuring a different community choir at each performance, Women with Latitude was thrilled to be featured on Thursday, 25th February.
And Rob Brookman, Executive Director/Producer of the State Theatre Co of SA had this to say about the night: “At the first preview performance of The Events, Women with Latitude gave us the perfect start to our journey which includes 9 different choirs performing over the 11 performances under the baton of Musical Director, Carol Young. The choir were spirited, beautifully drilled and entered into the action of the play as occasionally required with open hearts. Their reactions to the unfolding events on stage created a moving counterpoint to the text and the finale of the piece, the beautiful “We’re All Here” by the show’s composer, John Browne, was sung with delicacy and soul, leaving many with a quiet tear to wipe away at the conclusion. Thanks and bravo!”
Women with Latitude finished off the year in collaboration with the Solstice Singers, a mixed group of swing singers. The concert was held on 21st November and raised considerable funds for the new Syrian refugee families arriving into SA from Christmas 2015.
The highlight of 2015 was on 5th August when Women with Latitude backed Gurrumul during his Gospel Songs Tour at the Adelaide Festival Theatre. This opportunity came through our fabulous Music Director, Libby O’Donovan and became her farewell to the group. Here are some reviews from the night: The Clothesline; GLAM Adelaide; In Daily; Broadway World
NB: Like the rest of Australia, Women with Latitude were incredibly saddened by the news of Gurrumul’s passing and wish to offer our sympathy to all those closest to him.
2015 Adelaide Fringe
Women with Latitude joined forces once again with the Spooky Men of the West (aka – Dark Knights of Song) for three spectacular performances during the 2015 Adelaide Fringe. See reviews below:
2014 Fringe Performance with the Dark Knight of Song View review here
2013 Fringe Performance at MARY MAGDALENES