Orangeville chorus of Sweet Ads looking for new home

November 3, 2017   ·   0 Comments

By Avery Park

Since 1979, the Sweet Adelines have been very present in the Orangeville area with their community service and concerts, and now it’s our turn to give back to them.

At the end of this year, the Orangeville Chorus choir’s rehearsal space will no longer be available, so they’re looking for somewhere new. For the past few months they have visited many locations, but have yet to find somewhere they can rent.

For 38 years they have always been able to find a space to host them, but now it’s more of a struggle. They have previously been at Tony Rose Memorial sports centre, then spent 16 years at the Avalon and Lord Dufferin retirement centres, and spent time at many other spots, but have outgrown those spaces.

They are currently at the Horizons Event Centre in Mono, but have been told it will no longer be operating as an event centre. They are in need of a place to rehearse, and are asking someone in the community to help them out.

The reason it is so difficult for them to find a space is because of their risers, and how large they are. When set up they are 36 by 12 feet, so they need a fairly large space to accommodate that, and also to store it. Another issue is that the ceiling needs to be at least 10 feet from the floor so people on the top row of the risers don’t bump their heads.

At meetings with other local choirs, choruses and performing groups, they have found that finding practice space seems to be a common problem. Chorus manager Anne Richardson says, “It is difficult to find reasonably priced rehearsal space.”

“It would be wonderful if there was a dedicated space for that sort of thing, much like the wonderful building the theatre has,” she says.

Anyone who knows of a place this lovely group could rent should contact Anne or another member of the group.

Their next performance is at Westminster United Church on Nov. 26, when they will be pairing with the Strings Attached Orchestra.

They just want to continue to bring music to the community, but to do that they need a place to rehearse.

“We love to sing, we love to perform, and we love our home community of Orangeville,” Ms. Richardson said. They would love to stay connected with the community, and hope they can find a space to do that.

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