Oct 282018

The Open Door Singers wowed us again (by Debra Forbes)

Shaun Islip drew his wonderful Open Door Singers together for the our final musical event for the 2018 Seniors Festival.

The Eltham Community and Reception Centre has a magnificent auditorium and then a beautiful break out area overlooking the parkland to the reserve beyond. We had one hundred voices on stage in perfect harmony almost blowing the roof off with the power of their songs.

Shaun, with his engaging style, drew the audience into his web of engagement. It did not matter if it was a dance with one of the audience members, a solo performance by individuals of his choir, or the drawing the audience into the song of the moment. It was a truly uplifting experience.

The choir sang a vast repertoire of songs ranging from Nessun Dorma to Oh what a Night and everything in between. Singing in the Rain, a medley from West Side Story, Don’t Bring Me Down Bruce, Waterloo by Abba, and A True Friend from Muriel’s Wedding. The performance exceeded an hour in total and it was a delight to see the many happy faces leaving the auditorium to share the supplied afternoon tea, saying “wasn’t that wonderful“.