Australia came to the Universal Hall on 22 August in the form of the Spooky Men’s Chorale. The group were supported by local community group – the Forres Big Choir. Both sets of performers are acapella singers and the audience was treated to a wide range of styles.

The Big Choir produced a short set of works including a stunning performance of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ and the Welsh Rugby standard ‘Calon Lân.

The Spooky Men’s Chorale is a 15 piece group of male singers from the Blue Mountains in Australia. They are led by New Zealander Stephen Taberner and perform an intriguing mix of Georgian chants, original songs – ‘Don’t Stand Between a Man and His Tool being one, and cover songs – including a ripping rendition of Abba’s ‘Dancing Queen‘. In between songs Taberner and other group members dispense and participate in some deep (and spooky) philosophy.

The warm ambience of the Universal Hall provided a calming environment for a very soothing evening of entertainment.

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