Sunday groovers singing for joy

April 5, 2022 BY

Four-part harmony: The March Groovin’ group finished their session with a rendition of Papa was a Rollin’ Stone. Photo: EDWINA WILLIAMS

SUNDAYS are a groovin’ good time at Saint Peter and Paul’s Church in Buninyong.

Community members who love to sing are invited to a monthly Groovin’ on a Sunday Afternoon choir session, led by Geoffrey Williams.

Attendees are split into four parts to sing a “soulful” repertoire in harmony, from Papa was a Rolling Stone, to Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On.

“There is a part in every song that anyone can slot into,” Williams said.

Unable to lead musical groups for the last two years, he’s glad to be back in the same room as other singers.

“A choir is a great social activity, and the members are so much fun. Getting everyone together and singing together is just love, and the church is a beautiful space.

“We had so many smiling faces this week. We’re singing for joy,” he said.

Leader of the Buninyong Community Choir George Williams took part in the first session last weekend.

“Being surrounded by voices, listening to people learning, dancing and having fun, it’s so beautiful,” she said.

“The church space is so flexible, accessible, and comfortable, and you can spread out to really sound like a choir.”

Robyn Lawrence travelled from Daylesford to sing with the group, having been a member of one of Geoffrey’s choirs for five years before the pandemic.

“I really missed singing over the last two years,” she said. “Today I got to sing songs I already knew, and the four-part harmonies were gorgeous. They really hit you in the chest when you get them right.

“It was so exciting to get back together, make music and have fun, which is what it’s all about. Geoffrey is very forgiving and encouraging in the way that he works with people.”

The next session is Sunday, 1 May from 3pm to 4.30pm at 701 Fisken Street, Buninyong.