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.
The benefits of group singing are numerous and community choirs 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; to connect with their local community, promoting a sense of inclusion, health and well-being.
ARCappella are renowned for their diverse repertoire that includes everything from pop songs, music from other nations, spirituals, musical numbers and of course Christmas carols (and we’re always open for new repertoire suggestions!). 99% of our repertoire is sung a cappella, but a few accompanied show tunes (from ARC theatre) have snuck through! Most of our repertoire is in 4 parts, soprano, alto, tenor, bass (SATB) but we do vary this a bit with some female only (SSAA) or male only (TTBB) numbers.
Our 2017 repertoire included (amongst others):
- You’re the Voice (John Farnham; arr. Emma Dean)
- Love Shack (B52s; arr. Deke Sharon)
- Locus Iste (Anton Bruckner)
- Walking on Sunshine (Kimberley Rew; arr. M Hodge)
- Tshotsholoza (a traditional South African freedom song; arr. Ames)
- Drift Away (1973 pop hit by Dobie Gray; arr. Kirby Shaw)
- My Girl (Robinson and White; arr. Deke Sharon & Anne Raugh)
- Best Day of My Life (SSAA, American Authors; arr. Deke Sharon)
- Hijaz Hijinks (David Perry)
- The Lone Arranger (Rossini William Tell Overture; arr. Werdna Temme)
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 Carols at All Nations Park (Darebin Carols) for the past number of years.