COMMUNITY HARMONY: Jessie Vintila with her 100-strong Raise the Roof Choir.
COMMUNITY HARMONY: Jessie Vintila with her 100-strong Raise the Roof Choir. Jessie Vintila

Raising the roof in northern NSW

WITH four venues to choose from, inspiring songs to learn and share, and new friends to be made, Raise the Roof choir sounds like the perfect new experience.

The choir meets weekly in Uki, Brunswick Heads, the Channon and Suffolk Park. Choir convenor Jessie Vintila said the groups sing the same songs and then for performances all four groups come together to form a mass choir.

"Generally, people come along to their local one every week, and then we get together occasionally," Jessie said. "We perform at Mullumbimby Music Festival, the Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival and sometimes at social justice or environmental events."

The average age of the 100-member choir is about 65. The lively acapella group sing uplifting gospel, bluegrass, folk and jazz songs. "It's one of the most fun things you can do standing up," Jessie said. "You get a lot of really good endorphins singing in harmony with other people. Really ordinary singers can sound absolutely amazing in a group.

"We get to the fun part very quickly. We don't spend time working on really difficult music that takes weeks to get to the joy."

No singing talent is needed. "If you can sing along with happy birthday at a family gathering, you can be in our choir," Jessie added.

The social side of the choir which has been running for seven years, is very strong. Jessie said new friendships blossom and new support networks formed.

Each session costs $13 with a concession card. For more information, contact Jessie on 0417 277211 or info@raisetheroofsinging.com.


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