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.

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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.

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Warnervale Concert

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. 

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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.