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Breaksea at the Rechabite

Breaksea Youth Mentorship
2021 Showcase

Breaksea @ The Rechabite is the culmination of the exceptional community engagement work of the Breaksea team and their successful youth mentorship program. The show is a vital component of the emergence of Breaksea, and the support and promotion of its professional and youth artists at the various stages of their careers.

 

Review by David Cusworth, The West Australian

Mon, 9 August 2021

 

“Soulful country sounds, an ethereal choir and sublime opera highlights lit up The Rechabite on Saturday with a Breaksea singing festival from the heart of the Great Southern. The theme was mentoring in music, a program Breaksea runs across the South and South West, with two standout successes to celebrate. Bonnie Staude, a first-year classical voice student at WAAPA, and Jarrad Inman, a band-leading vocalist, had each landed a first professional opera gig: Staude with Freeze Frame in Puccini’s Angels and Demons this month at the Claremont Showgrounds; and Inman with West Australian Opera at The Maj for Noongar premiere Koolbardi wer Wardong in October. They were backed by Albany musicians Gus Moir on guitar, Katy Anderson on bass, drummer Josh Marshall and vocalist Ivy Moir, plus pianist Marilyn Phillips. Aquinas College Schola Choir opened the bill, a cappella and in darkness, intoning Prince’s When Doves Cry.

It was a numinous moment to calm the crowd before Inman cut in with indie-style vocals and a whole lot of front. The group on stage were aged 15-20, with the choir in the stalls even younger, rendering Schola director Hugh Lydon’s arrangement with aplomb. Staude joined her mentor Harris in Delibes’ Flower Duet from Lakme, deftly blending vocal quality and expression, with effortless timing in the reprise. Cast and choir combined in Brain and Ward’s Horizon, the fresh voice of the regions expressed through two dozen city kids and their country cousins; then amplified by the band for Cream’s White Room, Inman igniting a rock classic as the band went off and the Schola boys held their poise.”

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