Below are pictures from concerts held in 2018
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Wentworth Falls (November)
A charity concert at Holy Trinity Anglican Church Wentworth Falls, organised by the church committee. An annual event The soloist on the day was Gail Waizer When it came time for the audience to join in two ex choristers and a friend were invited to join the choir in singing the old favourite Cwm Rhondda (Guide Me O Thou Great redeemer). Click on the image to view in full size .
Dee Why RSL Club (September)
The club has hosted the choir for 17 consecutive years.There is always a full house. It is a highlight in a busy performance schedule. The choir dedicated this performance to our past President Clive Woosnam who recently left us to lead the bass section of the heavenly host. We suspect he may try to teach them to play rugby as well. The soloist for this event was the wonderful Cheryl Priest. It was also a red letter day for Selwyn who joined the bass section for his first stage appearance.Click on the image to view in full size
St Matthews, Windsor (August)
At 200 years St Matthews is the second oldest church in the colony. It has the oldest foundation stone but some colonists upriver built their church faster! Well worth a visit if you are passing through Windsor. A large well proportioned building with a heritage listed organ. A receptive audience and great acoustics brought out the best in the choir. The song list featured the first public performance of Nella Fantasia, a beautiful piece by Enrico Morricone. Concert held on August 25th. Click on the image to view in full size
Davistown RSL Club
In July the choir made the journey north to the Davistown, a leafy coastal setting south of Gosford. This was our second visit and once again there was a full house. Karen Hickmott soothed them with wonderful harp music while the choir woke them again with the Battle Hymn of the Republic.Click on the image to view in full size
Cromer Uniting Church
A concert for the congregation of the church on a sunny June afternoon. A small church that was filled to capacity. Click on the image to view in full size
Concert at Dee Why Gardens
A concert held on June 2nd. The photos show aspects of the work done before the concert such as preparing the stage area and sound equipment. The choir then assembles for a sound check and final instructions. After the show we gathered for a ‘publilcity. shot. Click on the image to view in full size
Concert at the Alan Walker Village
A concert held on May 20th for the residents of this large village situated in Carlingford. Click on the image to view in full size
Charity Concert for the Rotary Club of Rose Bay and Dover Heights
On May 6th the choir made a rare visit to the Eastern Suburbs for a concert in Mary Magdalena Church Rose Bay organised by the local Rotary Club. A church of ample proportions and a high roof line, perfect for choral work. At the request of the club we added a few ‘sing along’ songs for the audience to join in with. Our musical maestro Viv Llewellyn was in fine form and tried out a few new good/bad jokes. He selected a young baritone Matthew Phillips as the soloist. It was rare treat to see a developing artist. The choir enjoyed singing in a venue with such good acoustics. The audience smiled throughout gave generous applause at the end. We think they enjoyed it as much as the choir did. Click on the image to view in full size
Anzac Day Ceremony, Hyde Park
For many years we have been the official choir for the midday ceremony at the Cenotaph in Hyde Park accompanying the NSW Police Band. The photos below show a few elements of the ceremony. Note the Cadets from Scots College who add some colour and drama to the service. They are followed by the Official Party who provide the speeches and prayers honouring those who served in the armed forces. The Police Band and the choir lead the traditional hymns and anthems for Australia and New Zealand. After the official service the band and choir lighten the mood by providing popular “wartime” songs. (Pack up your troubles, Llili Marlene etc) This year the clear mild weather ensured a large turn out. The choir feels privileged to be a part of this important event. Click on the image to view in full size
In early April the choir converged on Warnervale Regional Uniting Church for the first full concert of 2018. The church building is modern, the inside is well designed and includes a good space for the choir to perform. Once again our soloist was the wonderful harpist Karen Hickmott. This time she brought a ‘huge’ golden harp. There is a shot of her surrounded by admirers. There is also one of our erstwhile musical director Viv who told some of his tall tales invoking both laughs and groans.
The photos below showing the smiles on the faces of the audience and the choir is a good indication that everyone had a good time. There is an action shot of tenor section in white shirts and red bow ties. The man at the keyboard with the quizzical look is our musical accompanist David Short. Click on the image to view in full size
Saint David's Day
Always held on the Sunday after March 1st St Davids Day it is a mixture of concert, an address followed by food and drink. A time to wear daffodils and put on Welsh costume. The concert featured the choir performing some Welsh favourites and a new piece – Afonaf Angel (Guardian Angel). Our soloist this year was the wonderful harpist Karen Hickmott. She played several traditional tunes including David of the White Rock. Following the concert there was as usual a short talk on St David, this year presented by renowned academic Prof Jonathon Wooding. Then its was time to mingle, enjoy the refreshments and socialise. Make sure you come next year it is a most enjoyable afternoon.