• Chris and Michaela Pothan and their children Jasper, Tahlia and Ayden

    Chris and Michaela Pothan and their children Jasper, Tahlia and Ayden

  • John and Vicky McGrath

    John and Vicky McGrath

  • Judith Wardlaugh and Hilary Wardlaugh

    Judith Wardlaugh and Hilary Wardlaugh

  • Lindy Gray and Neil Evans

    Lindy Gray and Neil Evans

  • we were settled in and ready for a spectacular night.

    we were settled in and ready for a spectacular night.

  • Sandy Doherty found her place on the hill.....

    Sandy Doherty found her place on the hill.....

  • the perfect amphitheatre

    the perfect amphitheatre

  • Pam Dal Cortivo, Tenor Tim Dal Cortivo, Christina Wilson and Alan Hicks

    Pam Dal Cortivo, Tenor Tim Dal Cortivo, Christina Wilson and Alan Hicks

  • Chris Latham, Inessa Galante, Simon O'Neill and Roland Peelman

    Chris Latham, Inessa Galante, Simon O'Neill and Roland Peelman

  • At dinner Karen Westlake and Bruce Carmichael

    At dinner Karen Westlake and Bruce Carmichael

  • where to go? what to do?

    where to go? what to do?

  • wrapped in plastic.....

    wrapped in plastic.....

  • Roland Peelman

    Roland Peelman

  • a splendid performance from Roland Peelman

    a splendid performance from Roland Peelman

  • a little dance from Inessa Galante...

    a little dance from Inessa Galante...

  • Tim Dal Cortivo has a laugh at the very elegant black plastic garbage bag outfit of mezzo soprano Christina Wilson

    Tim Dal Cortivo has a laugh at the very elegant black plastic garbage bag outfit of mezzo soprano Christina Wilson

  • A diva patiently waits......Inessa Galante in the annex

    A diva patiently waits......Inessa Galante in the annex

  • Ready to sing....rain or no rain,  Peter Coleman-Wright

    Ready to sing....rain or no rain, Peter Coleman-Wright

  • Soprano Louise Page

    Soprano Louise Page

  • the musicians found the annex party for the long rain delayed act three.

    the musicians found the annex party for the long rain delayed act three.

  • singin' and dancin' in the rain......

    singin' and dancin' in the rain......

  • what a glorious feelin'........singin' in the rain

    what a glorious feelin'........singin' in the rain

  • Gone........the audience scatters to shelter

    Gone........the audience scatters to shelter

  • Brendan Smyth holding hands with Alex Sloan

    Brendan Smyth holding hands with Alex Sloan

  • John Hindmarsh with Simon O'Neill

    John Hindmarsh with Simon O'Neill

  • Penny Nowlan at the ready......

    Penny Nowlan at the ready......

  • Nor and Mark Blumer

    Nor and Mark Blumer

  •  Drip-drying....Katy Gallagher and Shane Rattenbury

    Drip-drying....Katy Gallagher and Shane Rattenbury

  • Joy Burch, Bob Winnel and Louise Bilston and Shane Rattenbury.

    Joy Burch, Bob Winnel and Louise Bilston and Shane Rattenbury.

  • prepare for the downpour.....

    prepare for the downpour.....

  • Latvian soprano Inessa Galante

    Latvian soprano Inessa Galante

  • The Woden Valley Choir

    The Woden Valley Choir

  • Artistic Director Chris Latham and Conductor Rolan Peelman

    Artistic Director Chris Latham and Conductor Rolan Peelman

  • an ominous sky....

    an ominous sky....

  • John Mackay and Alex Sloan

    John Mackay and Alex Sloan

  • Christina Wilson

    Christina Wilson

  • John Mackay and Bob Winnel

    John Mackay and Bob Winnel

Voices in the Forest 2014 is the one we will talk about for years, as we do about the Hothouse Flowers and Dire Straits concert, a few Canberra Symphony Orchestra Proms Concerts, this year’s Diner en Blanc and the muddy madness of Elton John at Stage 88. It rained for them all and the way we coped is a reflection on our sense of humour. The hilarity of being rain soaked and just a bit tipsy, prepared to suffer the dripping rain seeping into every orifice of the plastic ponchos and soak the exposed extremities was a new experience for many but this concert was a resounding success.

The organisation was brilliant; whether bussing in or lucky enough to have VIP or paid parking our arrival on a steamy Sunday arvo was handled by a personable bunch of volunteers directing all to their seats. And didn’t it feel good to open this concert on a positive note with Alex Sloan at her effervescent best from beginning to finale with weather info, attitudinal aspects – lets face it we can all cope if we have the right attitude - and a clear understanding of the ‘evacuation’ process when the storm threat became a problem. To this end I found funny photos. Photos to show we can laugh at ourselves and cope well with the weather...whatever.

Our Chief Minister and her green friend, that’s Katy and Shane of course, looked a treat dripping in plastic and the divine divas in the annex;  Christina Wilson wearing a garbage bag so elegantly, Louise Paige tossing back her head and laughing, Inessa Galante looking so glamorous among the sound paraphernalia and all of us happily enjoying a few delicious drinks and eats as the storm moved through. Memorable too a couple of blokes ‘singing in the rain’ when the majority headed for the buses, the Village Centre or home.

But those who stayed will always remember this night, the magnificent voices, a program that was just perfect for a wide range of tastes and ages, the magic of the music and choirs under the baton of the acrobatic and energetic Roland Peerlman, and how this event can and should be a permanent fixture on our Canberra calendar. 

Then there was more as the concert came to a close and those who were dining drifted to the Village Centre for a beautiful dinner party where our bedraggled clothes, disastrous hair and make- up didn’t matter a toss as the man who makes it possible Bob Winnel, thanked his stars, his guests and everyone he came into contact with, as he worked the room. He is a man of exceptional generosity, he is without pretensions and he made sure that just being there was what made Voices in the Forest unique for us all. Thank you to everyone who made it happen.