Maryborough's Ann Street water tank will open up for a musical journey not to be missed.
Maryborough's Ann Street water tank will open up for a musical journey not to be missed. Valerie Horton

Go on a musical journey under water

FORGET the great cathedrals of Europe, the unlikely venue of Maryborough's Ann St water tank is able to provide an immersive musical concert experience.

Next weekend musicians and choirs will challenge themselves to the unique acoustic qualities of the Heritage City's man-made cavern underneath the water tank.

With each sound reverberating within the walls of the massive concrete tank, a program of music will be curated by Ian Slater in what he says will be a musical journey.

Mr Slater said the unique venue made for an interesting show because sound inside the tank has about a 20-second delay.

"The music we choose is very slow because any faster and the sound becomes a bit of a wodge of a sound,” he said.

A former musical director at Riverside Christian College, Mr Slater first performed in the tower in 2015 where more than 900 people attended.

"Originally I started off with some Gregorian plainsong or chants which is a bit like the monks when they sing around the cloisters and just sang this beautiful low music,” he said.

"I like to look an an integrated arts idea as well so I got some videos of candles which projected to the back wall and another one of stained glass windows with the light changing behind it like waves coming over.

"This time however I am now at Fraser Coast Anglican College so I will bring the students from the college.

"One of the pieces we are performing is Tyalgum Mantra by Australian composer Ross Edwards.

"I am also trying to organise a didgeridoo in the middle, and then there will be four musicians with the song starting off in the cellos and working its way around the other instruments.”

"We also have a choir with people from the Maryborough and Hervey Bay areas who have never sung in the tower before,” Mr Slater said.

"I have sung in cathedrals around the world in choirs - the tower has a similar effect but the echo is a lot longer.

"It is really an immersive experience - you are immersed in the visual, you are immersed in the sound.”



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