Festival Statesmen

Festival Statesmen
Type of post: Club news
Status: Current
Date Posted: Fri, 17 Jun 2016

A lot has happened since the last time we checked in but rather than bury the lead here’s the biggest thing first: We have reported previously that we’ve been in the studio but the recording’s now finished, a release date has been chosen, and we have a title. We are so proud to announce that Unwrapped, the second studio album of the Festival Statesmen Chorus will be released on August 6th at a special launch party as part of the Umbrella: Winter City Sounds festival. This album contains all the new repertoire from our Adelaide Fringe show: Homecoming (including 5 new arrangements by chorus singers) and was recorded, mixed, and mastered by our own Ryan O’Dea.

As part of this we’re also undergoing a rebranding, and the first step was a photoshoot to cement the new look for the Festival Statesmen. This shoot dovetailed with the filming of our first ever video clip (which also launches August 6th) to go with our single
Get Back. In keeping with our policy of sourcing non-singing talent from within our membership we engaged Mitre Khammash and his media company MKM to film and direct this clip. They also filmed and directed our entry for the “Win A Composition” International Video Competition for Male Choirs in which we performed Alwin Schronen’s setting of the Magnificat with myself on the solo. We’ve been so excited to make this clip for Get Back and can’t wait to share it with you!

In addition to all this, we’re hard at work preparing for Newcastle and are raring to get back into it with the rest of the BBS community. If you’re interested in pre-ordering Unwrapped we will be making it available for pickup at convention this September so don’t forget to check it out!

James Moffatt