The choir first appeared at the Darebin Festival, Edwards Lake Family Day in 1997 as a group of singers from Amateur Repertory company – ARC. It officially became ARCappella – the four part a cappella unaccompanied choir of ARC in 2000. Community choirs and the benefits of community singing have become popular around Melbourne over the past few years, because they provide a non-traditional recreational activity and allow individuals to feel part of something bigger; and connected to their local environment, promoting a sense of health and well-being.
ARCappella is renowned for its diverse repertoire that includes everything from the Beatles, African spirituals, to pop songs and musical numbers and of course Christmas carols (and we’re always open for new repertoire suggestions!). The only rule is it must be a cappella. Our performances range from community events such as music festivals and eisteddfods, to wineries, aged care facilities, weddings, birthdays and a range of Christmas events. We have been the official choir of the Darebin Carols for the past three years.