The Sydney A Capella Festival 2008 program spanned a total of six shows in four days. At each of the shows, four amazing acts got performed in front of the audience. You can view the list of the performers’ names on the website for some more detailed information about them. Most of the names come with sound files, video links, and websites so that you can learn more about the performers. You can also download a PDF of the full programme of the festival on the website. It is for 92kb.
The festival kicked off on Wednesday, 10th September 2008, and ended on Saturday, 13th September 2008.
The first day of the festival, Wednesday 10th September, kicked off at 8 pm with performances from; The Swish Dudes: a four-person baritone, alto, tenor, and bass group, usually joined by a fifth member; The Voices from the Vacant Lot: a group that aims to promote culture through music, The AIM singers: a team of vocal majors giving contemporary music contemporaries, and the Café of the Gate of Salvation: the premiere Australian Acappella gospel choir.
The second day of the festival, Thursday, 11th September, kicked off at 8 pm with performances from the Sway: a four-member, stylish group that performs everything from pop to blues to jazz to Latin, The Fifth House: a five-member group that introduces an element of jazz to their acappella singing and odd instruments, Bel A Capella: a choir that aims to promote the work of composers in Australia while performing materials from the renaissance period to the modern period, and the Stairwell to Heaven:
The third day of the festival, Friday, 12th September, kicked off at 8 pm with performances from the Double Shot: a four-member group dedicated to giving a blend of great performance with exciting vocals, Kaya: a four-member group that presents heartfelt, captivating performances with compelling lyrics and melodies, The Honeybees: a choir inspired by the gospel style of the African-Americans, presenting RnB, Soul and Jazz and the Alchemy: a group of semi-professional singers who perform at festivals, weddings, concerts, etc.
The fourth day of the festival, Saturday 13th September, kicked off at noon with performances from the Vocalicious: a quartet acappella group that folk, jazz, gospel, musical theatre, pop and barbershop, the Roaring Forties: a spirited group that performs inspirited English-traditional style, the Glory Bound Groove Train: and the Martensita: a Sydney based choir modelled after the choir of the Bulgarian state.
The second half of the show for Saturday, 13th September kicked off at 4 pm with performances from the Accolade: the premier Australian barbershop female quartet, the Australian Gaelic Singers: a group that performs traditional and timeless Gaelic music, Another Roadside Attraction is a 26-member choir which is led by Director Tanya Sparke and perform music by their favourite bands: a mixed Erskineville choir that performs anything from traditional to contemporary.
The festival was brought to a close with a final event on Saturday, 13th September at 8 pm with performances from Jubilation: a gospel/jazz group, The Idea of North: a quarter that defies categorisation and, Blindman’s Holiday: the premier group of Acapella in Australia and the Cleftomaniacs: a community choir that loves to add their spin on songs.