Tight-knit: Some of the members of Pacific Harmony with Santa backstage at their first performance at the 2013 Newcastle Permanent Carols by Candlelight.PACIFIC Harmony is a far cry from your ordinary choir.
“We’re a powerhouse gospel choir,” conductor and coach Komiti Time said.
Blending smooth island grooves from the Pacific Islands with warm harmonies from the heart of Africa, the choir’s 13 members come from far and wide.
Their roots include the Torres Strait Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Indonesia, the Philippines and Zimbabwe.
The choir’s members are all friends and family, which Mr Time said made the group tight-knit.
The Newcastle-based choir formed about four years ago in a garage, and has since exploded onto the city’s music scene.
Most of themembers play in other bands on the weekends, and come together as Pacific Harmony to performat pubs and clubs, weddings and charity gigs across Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.
All have a musical background, having grown up around music in church.
Mr Time was the driving force in assembling the choir.
“I got the best of the best together and away we went,” he said.
Mr Time, who is one third of trio Tre Soul, teaches all areas of the choir –the altos, sopranos, bassists and tenors –and works with the lead vocalists.
The choir gathers at least once a week, sometimes more if they have an upcoming gig, at NewcastlePresbyterian Churchin Lambton.
At the moment they are working hard on their set for the 2015 Newcastle Permanent Carols by Candlelight at Speers Point Park on December 13.
It will be the choir’s third carols performance, having debuted in 2012 –the group’sfirst major gig.
“It was amazing that year,” Mr Time said.
“The atmosphere was electric. It was packed –just a sea of people. You couldn’t see the grass.
“[The choir] had so much fun.”
They are back this year to perform classic Christmas carols with a twist.
The choir will perform First Noel with an R’n’B feel; Away in a Manger, backed by powerful vocals; and the Mariah Carey version ofO Holy Night, among others.
“It’s all the carols you would expect to hear, but with a Pacific Islander twist,” Mr Time said.
Pacific Harmony will be performing in the afternoon to late evening as part of this year’s bumper entertainment lineup.
There will be entertainment on stage from 1.30pm and plenty to keep the kids amused, including free face painting and activities as well as Frozen on the big screen.
Sarah De Bono andMorgan Evans will headline the evening concert from 6.30pm.
Lake Macquarie City Council presents Newcastle PermanentCarolsby Candlelight, Sunday, December 13, noon to 9pm at Speers Point Park.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.