The Boite Choirs

Posted on June 20th, by gspf in 2016 Festival Program. Comments Off on The Boite Choirs

The Boite Choirs

Event Title: The Boite Choirs

Location: Roving along Gertrude street

Friday 15 July 2016, 6pm onwards
Artists: Living Out Loud, directed by Sue Johnson; Gorani, Men’s Georgian and Bulgarian ensemble; Shift The Table, directed by Flip Case; Eltham Voices, directed by Finn Bennett.

Saturday 16 July 2016, 6pm onwards
Artists:  The Zamponistas, Melbourne’s leading Pan Pipe Marching Band; Macleod Singers directed by songwriter and instrumentalist, John Flanagan; Melbourne Indie Voices, Yarra’s newest choir, directed by Sophia Exiner; Breathing Space women’s ensemble directed by Therese Virtue

Cost: FREE

The famous choirs that appears every year is back! Catch the diverse range of singing talents from the Bolte Choirs as they parading up and down Gertrude Street on the opening weekend of this year’s festival.


The Boite is Melbourne’s iconic multicultural music presenter, operating out of The City of Yarra for 36 of its 37 years. For the last 6 of those, The Boite has engaged with the GSPF by sending local choirs into the street to sing at randomly throughout the Festival. The public response has always been enthusiastic. Each year, the choirs love it, inevitably spontaneous collaborations between choirs erupt and these are also enthusiastically received.
Melbourne Indie Voices was established in February 2016 and is run out of Fitzroy by singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Sophia Exiner (Phia).MIV is an indie-folk choir singing indie/pop/folk/alternative songs arranged by Sophia, some a cappella and some accompanied by producer and songwriter Josh Teicher on guitar and bass.

The Zampoñistas are Australia’s premier Bolivian altiplano panpipe marching band.  They bring joy, delight, and real fun to their appearances. Dressed in Bolivian ponchos and hats, they weave in and out of crowds, twisting, turning and spinning as they play – totally engaging audiences and innocent bystanders!
Living Out Loud’s repertoire reflects life’s journey and all that it encompasses.  Their songs, are mostly locally written and arranged are contemporary, spiritual, and earthy. Many are about a sense of place and connecting to the elements, the landscape around us, and to each other.  We are joyful, uplifting, and inspiring.  We make a positive contribution to our community through music and song.
Men’s vocal ensemble Gorani was long ago bewitched by the astonishing and beautiful sounds of Bulgarian and then Georgian polyphony. They have devoted more than twenty years to the pursuit of these songs. They have made two CD recordings, they have performed on television in Bulgaria and Georgia where they are loved for their dedication to the traditional music. They are longstanding performers at the GSPF, recognised by regulars for their outfits, umbrellas and their huge vocal sound!
Breathing Space grew out of a music project at North Fitzroy Primary School, many years ago and has evolved into a tight women’s ensemble where repertoire is informed by the cultural milieu of Yarra and Melbourne. They collaborate with other groups and musicians and learn songs from many sources and from the cultures of the members. The result is an eclectic collection of songs perfect for singing on freezing cold nights in July. They love the GSPF and regard it as an annual performance treat!