Hymnfest is a time where the church has the opportunity to celebrate the music that has been the foundation to the church.
2019 Theme: “Singing the Gospel”
- Quiet pre-program music
- Selected well known Hymns/Songs – Community Singing
- Choral Items – Mosaic Hymnfest Choir and Wesleyan Methodist Tongan Choir
- Guest soloist – Katie de Veau
- Singing Group – Euphonics
Free Admission…Adequate Parking…Afternoon Tea
31 August 2019 from 2:30pm – 3:45pm at Mosaic Page, 18 Dallachy Street, Page.
Katie de Veau
Since the age of three, Katie has trained in classical music and drama and much of her childhood was spent on the stage. However it was not until her late teenage years that her talent blossomed. As a musician and songwriter her gifting has taken her to festivals, community events, schools, cafes and churches across Australia and around the world. Touring in both rural and city areas across Australia and beyond, Katie’s songs of love, faith and life, leave a lasting impression. Her talent was recognised by winning the Australian Gospel Music Award for best music in 2002.
Other recent highlights include:
- Sonfest Festival, Boonah (2005)
- Telstra Road to Tamworth (2009)
- Blackstump Festival, Appin (2011)
- Easterfest – Toowoomba (2011, 2012)
- Recording at Foxtel Studios for impact TV (2011, 2012)
Katie’s experience with, and passion for, people has led her to engage with audiences through her songs, but also through music workshops and numerous speaking engagements. Katie will be singing at the Sixth Annual Hymnfest.
Euphonics is an up and coming vocal group with a passion for a cappella, though they do like to mix it up from time to time! They are Canberra based and are a fun and quirky bunch, who aim for variety in their choice of music.
Generally they don’t limit themselves to era or genre, just great music is what they love.
Members of the group bring an array of music experience from the music world. They have in their numbers those with a music degree, experience in choirs, with instruments, vocal coaching, barbershop, bands, boutique performance groups and much more.
While Euphonics is young, forming in 2016, they have all performed together at some stage over the years which lends to their sense of fun and rapport. They have performed at a range of events and festivals across Canberra and also interstate.
Wesleyan Methodist Tongan Choir
Tonga performing a war dance before their match Tonga vs. France at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Singing and dancing has always been an important part of Tongan life and for sport, Rugby union has become a national sport and the national team (ʻIkale Tahi, or Sea Eagles) has done well on the international stage. However both have been influenced by the impact of Europeans arriving in the late 1800s.
Today, Tongans are ardent church goers and singing has become an important aspect of worship for Tongan Christians. Church services usually follow a call and response structure. Singing in the church is often done A Capella. In smaller churches hymn singing is unaccompanied, hiva usu. A strong singer will sing the first notes alone (a practice called hua or opening) and the rest of the congregation will then join. Church choirs are popular, practice frequently, and most congregations sing all hymns in harmony.
Here in the ACT, we have as part of the Tongan diaspora, a Wesleyan Methodist Church, which meets in Charnwood and their choir will bring two items at the Sixth Annual Hymnfest.