SMASH HIT: Pub Choir reveals untapped market in Warwick
THE sound of more than 500 voices rang out in Warwick Town Hall on Saturday as music phenomenon Pub Choir came to town.
Warwick Chamber of Commerce hosted the event and president Julia Keogh said she was overwhelmed, overjoyed and ecstatic that 535 people packed into the sold-out show.
Pub Choir provides music coaching to an audience to prepare for a group sing-a-long.
"There is a very strong demographic in our region who are looking for a fun night out that is laidback, that's got decent music, really good food and sit down and have a drink with friends,” Ms Keogh said.
"Everyone had a great time, we know that there is definitely a market for this event to be even more regular.”
Ms Keogh said the success was a credit to passionate people and businesses that banded together to make it happen.
Warwick cafes and restaurants filled the laneway next to the town hall with pop-up food stalls, while Cassels Automotive owner David Cassels and Nutramix Performance Stockfeed and Supplements owner Matthew Wainwright provided a new Mitsubishi Mirage ES Hatch to be raffled off.
A grant from Condamine Headwaters Landcare Group also meant that proceeds from the event could be donated.
A total of $14,000 through raffles and $16,050 through ticket sales was raised, which will go to McGrath Foundation, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, Condamine Valley Warwick QCWA Drought Relief Appeal and the Chamber of Commerce.
"Music is an international language at the end of the day and it shone through at the end of the night that our community embraces it,” Ms Keogh said.
"Our community is being hammered by this incredible hard patch of weather that we're going through at the moment, there is not a lot of spare cash floating around.
"For people to be so generous with their time and financial support is incredible.”