Shortis and Simpson run a world music choir, Worldly Goods.
WORLDLY GOODS is a 60-voice community choir open to all comers. The repertoire is world music. No music reading skills or previous experience required. The joy of singing is the important ingredient.
Worldly Goods was formed in 1998, and has performed at conferences, as part of festivals, in large community arts projects, and at their own concerts. Most recent performances have been at the National Archives Feb 2015, and at the High Court Dec 2014.
An active workshop program is part of the Worldly Goods calendar, and workshop leaders have included Tony Backhouse, Frankie Armstrong, Margret RoadKnight, Nino Tsitsishnili and Joseph Jordanian, Jeannie Lewis, Rachel Hoare.
The choir meets each Monday during school terms at Gorman House Arts Centre, Ainslie Avenue, Braddon, ACT. All welcome. (Currently while renovations are going on, the sessions are in the room closest to the corner of Batman and Currong Streets.)
Moya Simpson’s voice workshops create a joyous, humorous and safe environment for vocal exploration ,harmony and improvisation. Participants experience the delight of singing with others, using calls, chants and songs from a variety of cultures around the world. They can be for advanced singers or those who sing secretly in the shower. She also works regularly with established groups and choirs on their vocal sound and repertoire development.
John Shortis’s songwriting workshops cover the craft of lyric and melody writing, scanning, song form, rhymes, hook lines, use of computers and home equipment, copyright. Often these workshops involve a group-devised song that is then recorded, produced on CD and launched. Most recent of these was Her Is My Song, conducted by John and Moya together with dementia patients in Bowral.
Conferences and launches
Shortis and Simpson perform at many conferences in the ACT and interstate. From their enormous repertoire they tailor their performance to suit the needs of the conference. They usually do between 20 and 40 minutes in a situation like conference dinner, exhibition opening etc. They have often created a song specially for the occasion.
Their act is lyric based and requires audience attention.
Past performances have been at conferences related to politics, education, history, law, financial planning, engineering, food and wine, and at launches of exhibitions, festivals etc.
For more information contact John or Moya on 02 6238 1827
Shortis and Simpson have directed numerous community arts projects including The Outback Children’s Spectacular in Dubbo in 1988 in which 3000 school students from outback NSW wrote and performed their own show in front of an audience of 30 000. Other projects include Candid Canberra (2001), a federation Centenary project based on Canberra’s history, and Changes in the Ranges for Dandenong Ranges Music Council (2003). Currently they are working on Bells Of Peace also for Dandenong Ranges Music Council, a centenary of Anzac project, to be performed April 2015.