November 23rd 2006
Aquapella to make CD with $4000 sponsorship
It seems that the combined Magnetic Island and Townsville-based Aquapella World Music Choir are going from strength to strength. Earlier this year won the Queensland State Final of ABC Classic FM's Choir of the Year Award and, although missing out on a place in the National Finals, last night the Choir received a huge boost when the Water Matters Alliance handed over a $4,000 cheque so they can now record their first professionally recorded CD.
Choir Master Beat Lehmann told magnetictimes.com, "It's wonderful. We are really stoked for the support and being sponsored by them. They are working to make 90% of Townsville's water recycled by 2010 which is a great project to be associated with."
Water Matters Alliance is a partnership between Abigroup Contractors, Aquatec-Maxcon, GHD and United Group Infrastructure brought together by Townsville City Council to develop a $100 million upgrade of Townsville's wastewater infrastructure.
Alliance spokesperson, David Donahue told magnetictimes.com, "A large part of the work already completed within the project has been on Magnetic Island and we have gotten to know many residents really well, admiring them for their sense of fun and strong community spirit."
The Choir may also hold another distinction in that they could have been the world's first choir to perform at the opening of a Wastewater Treatment facility.
"When we looked around for some community involvement for the opening of our state-of-the-art Horseshoe Bay Wastewater Treatment Facility in September, we came across Aquapella and just had to get them involved in the event. Their talent and style really blew us away, and we're really pleased that others have also recognized this through the choir's fantastic win in the ABC Queensland Choir Competition," said David Donahue.
Beat Lehmann said, "The Mayor and others who attended the opening really liked us and we wanted to support the project."
According to David Donahue, "Despite Aquapella being robbed of a place in the national finals, Water Matters still thinks they are the best choir in the country, and when the opportunity came to put our money where their mouth is, we jumped at the chance.
"We see in Aquapella the qualities we want for our own organisation - dedication, working together for quality outcomes, and always doing the best they can while having fun along the way - so we are very happy to be recognised as supporters of this great group."
The CD will, according to Beat, take most of next year to record with about one third new being material. He is also planning a major launch at the following Woodford Festival.
For people interested in joining the Choir, which currently has over 50 members, Beat is very encouraging, saying, "there are still places available."
Interested singers may also wish to make use of Beat's World Music Singing Workshops which he will be holding this weekend at Magnums in Arcadia. The Workshops start on Friday from 7pm to 9pm and follow on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. For more information Beat can be contacted on 4758 1707 or email@example.com
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