Performers in last Sunday’s concert: Pragyan Shrestha, Kristina Kansakar, Jay Karmacharya, Trishala Mathema.

SING Australia choirs in Ballarat and their Friends raised in excess of $10,500 for Nepal at Sunday’s sell out concert in the Minerva Space at the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute (BMI). From the opening Love is in the Air to the closing song of This is Why we Sing, Sing Australia led the way with harmonies, humour and happiness. They were joined by members of the recent block buster musical Miss Saigon, the Ballarat North Primary School Choir, Curtain Call Performing Arts School, classical musicians husband and wife duo Lyndon Kriss and Miriam Skinner performing as MirLyn and the memorable dancing and singing of members of the Nepali community, so elegant in their vibrant national costumes.

Part of the chorus from Miss Saigon, which performed the show recently in Ballarat, were very popular with the crowd.
Part of the chorus from Miss Saigon, which performed the show recently in Ballarat, were very popular with the crowd.

The atmosphere in the Minerva Space was electric and the audience was moved to tears when Graeme Kent, director of Aussie Action Abroad spoke of his recent experiences in Nepal. The audience dug deep into their pockets, purchasing Nepali scarves for $10 but giving $50 and not wanting change. At the conclusion of the concert compere Fiona Watson said that in excess of $7,500 had been raised. How wrong she was! Leader of Sing Australia in Ballarat Carolyn Priddle said that on tallying up all the donations including the 5cent pieces that have been collected from choir members, local schools and work places, plus the ticket sales from the concert over $10,500 had been raised. Carolyn said that the concert had come together relatively quickly because so many people wanted to help. It would not have been possible without the generous sponsorship of The Miner, Digital Outlaw, the BMI and FedUni Live who provided all the technical support.

Carolyn particularly wanted to thank Marilyn Kent, Sing Australia’s musical director in Ballarat for her hard work in organising the program as well as the many people who worked for many hours behind the scenes to put the show together.

The hard work certainly paid off and Graeme Kent has already earmarked the monies raised locally for a particular project that will help those in greatest need in Nepal.