A musical oasis amid the festivities

A photo of a choir Quiet Hour some years ago. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Amidst all the action, noise and crowds at the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival, the Granite Belt Choir’s Musical Quiet Hour will offer a restful oasis of beautiful melodies over the weekend.

On Saturday 2 March after the parade is finished, people can make their way to St Paul’s Anglican Church in Corundum Street to take the weight off their feet and enjoy an hour’s pleasurable listening in the beautiful surroundings. The concert will begin at 4pm.

A second presentation of the concert will be given at the church at 11.30am on Sunday, 3 March.

The concert, presented by the Granite Belt Choir with a guest appearance by the much-loved Occasional Players, has as its theme, For the Beauty of the Earth.

In keeping with the theme, the songs will reference nature’s seasons, clouds and mountains, water, living creatures, trees and earth – and many of the songs have been loved by the choir and its audiences across many years. The Occasional Players will continue the theme with pastoral and season-inspired music. A small group within the choir, the Hollytops, will add subjects like cold wind, quiet woodlands and nightingales.

The concert is a decades-old tradition inspired by the late Helen Neal, organist for the church and accompanist for the choir who believed people would appreciate ‘an oasis of beautiful music in the midst of the festival bustle’. Entry is by donation.