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Day 19 – Italy/Spain tour Sunday 14 October

We had a lazy start for our drive to Seville. Once in Seville we were given a little sight seeing around the CBD before coming to the Metropol Parasol designed by German architect Jurgen Mayer-Hermann and completed in April 2011. It is said to be the largest wooden structure in the world. The structure was six years in the making. Tania organised tickets for us to ascend to the walkway at the top. It does give good panoramic views of the city.

We had the afternoon free.

In the evening we went to a spectacular Flamenco dinner/show.
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4 days ago

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Italy/Spain Tour - 15 October

I just have to jump forward to report on our amazing, mind blowing night last night. We thought we were going to a special Tapas dinner. We knew we had to walk a fair way in torrential rain on flooded streets but what awaited us was an evening of sheer joy - overwhelming dose of exuberance. Our dinner was very yummy but at the end of that bounced out a high energy guitarist singer called Miguel de la Fuente. He started playing with such great energy but he didn't realise what he was unleashing and when he did the night went up to several new levels. We sang along with full voice the Spanish songs that we knew and he was blown away. The next step was to get up and dance and then eveyone got uip. It was a blast - he loved it the waiters and the owners of the restaurant loved it and we were transported to a world we didn't want to leave. What fun . BUT theres more. Keith Parris came and suggested that maybe we should see who was in the adjoining room. So after a bit of consideration I ventured in. There I found a group of around 20 people from the Bahamas. I asked if they could sing and immediately nothing came to mind. I asked if they knew 'What a wonderful world'. They did so I invited all our group to come closer and sing it with them. After this they did offer a beautiful little song. They then wanted to come and dance with us so we sang in a fast tempo 'I'm beginning to see the light' Now they were all out in our room. It was glorious. Lots of discussions ensued and I promised them we would visit the Bahamas. I gave them our contact address. Also mext door was a group from WA and one of them, Gary, was celebrating his birthday. So we of course then sang for him. What a night. Never to be forgotten. But this still doesn't overshadow the wonderful outcome in Ballarat . Its all quintessential Sing Australia!
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Hi Colin,

Absolutely loving seeing the photos of your trip. So many wonderful memories for me with the Italy photos.

Our Celtic Fundraising Concert for the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners which we held at Neil Street Uniting Church yesterday was absolutely amazing. Standing room only in the church. Well in excess of 490 in the audience. 97 singers along with The Little Brass Band and a Piper. We all donned our tartan scarves to add to the atmosphere. The audience loved it and we received a standing ovation. The concert finished with the band and piper playing Highland Cathedral. Spine tingling.

It was great to see faces from other choirs, Francis from Ararat, Fran and Wendy from Horsham and Kay and Barry from Altona Meadows. Apologies if I missed anybody else. Too many people there to take it all in.

Entry was by gold coin donation, many of the gold coins obviously turned to notes. We raised $6160. We were delighted. People were even putting in extra money as they left.

Thanks to our wonderful conductor Marilyn, accompanist Jane, Compere and publicity expert Fiona and of course The Little Brass Band. They are very keen to arrange future concerts with us.

Thanks to all our members who were a huge part of this. It certainly was the WOW factor.

Very proud

Carolyn Priddle - Leader, Ballarat and Ballarat North

Comment: Thank you Carolyn. What a huge achievement. From all of us on the Italy/Spain Tour and from all around the Sing Australia network and all our friends from around Australia and the world - heartiest congratulations on an awesome event and fabulous outcome. You have certainly done us proud. We had an extraordinary night last night on the tour but your magnificent event must take pride of place. Both events are quintessential Sing Australia.
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