Our first big ‘concert day’ arrived with alarming punctuality, and to relieve any pre-singing anxiety several amongst our number ventured to ‘The Gorge’, a wildlife sanctuary nestled in the Adelaide Hills. After a relaxing drive through some of the most beautiful scenery (courtesy of one of our hosts, Don Donlan), a welcome party consisting of two hungry ‘roos hopped to meet us. Marvelling at their soft coats, we rounded the next corner to find an entire field of marsupials dozing gently in the sun, amongst them several albinos. Don explained that the sanctuaries tend to take in a large proportion of albino animals as they are less likely to survive in the wild.
The preparation for our evening concert went smoothly, as we had sung through much of the programme in a relaxed pre-dinner rehearsal around the Donlan’s dining room table the night before. Josquin, Clemens, Victoria et al. rang out vigorously in the sonorous context of St Peter’s, and the boys had just enough time to grab some calamari in the Cathedral pub before rejoining the girls for our first full-length concert of tour, which was very well received by our wonderfully welcoming audience. After a well-deserved pizza with friends and hosts, we finished the evening in a trendy Adelaide bar, raising a glass to a successful day of singing and animal therapy.