The Monash University Choral Society (MonUCS) is performing Russian choral works including the amazing Vespers by Rachmaninov on this Saturday at BMW Edge (silly name awesome venue) in Federation Square. More info ... just ask me. Come one come all. It is awesome truly it is.
And truth be told we were pretty impressive but the conditions in which we performed were far from perfect. Federation Square is a busy complex with several different venues in it and it seems that nobody has overall management of the whole. As a result we had to compete with a raukus party with pumping music (conflicting reports say it was alternately recorded music or live band) in the venue nextdoor which was separated from us only by a wall of glass and steel framework that was far from soundproof. Another way of looking at this is to say that the party nextdoor had to cope with a fifty-strong group of singers performing in a totally different tempo from their chosen music.
Anyway by the second half some hasty negotiations had been made with the venue(s) and harmony was restored. But it does make one wonder: Is there anybody running Federation Square who is even aware of what different events and functions that are booked in there? Or is the whole thing a mess of contractors and sub-contractors with nobody having any sense of the complex whole?
Anyway it was a satisfying performance followed by an after-party remininscent of the party scene from Breakfast At Tiffany’s (in terms of wall-to-wall mingling guests in a tiny apartment).
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