Maroondah Singers have recently performed concerts at two widely different venues. The first was inside, still and peaceful, at the All Saints’ Anglican Church in Mitcham in honour of their Patronal Festival. We were very warmly received with many compliments about the breadth and depth of the program. People were moved to tears by several of the songs. Our 2016 Scholar, Lyndon Green, gave his last performance with us for the year and what a thrill it was. The audience enjoyed the program so much that we have been invited back next year.
Then, from the sublime to the stupendous (weather wise). Our second concert was on the outdoor stage at the Town Park, Croydon for the Relay for Life. We kicked off the beginning of the 24 hr relay walk by cancer survivors and their carers with some popular upbeat numbers to inspire the walkers – You’ll never Walk Alone, Blame It on the Bossa Nova, If I didn’t Have You amongst others. It was blowing a gale and Lyn almost lost her music several times, despite pegs. John, our accompanist would have lost his if one of our choristers, Sam, hadn’t held the pages down through the entire performance, making the superlative effort of turning them at the right time whilst reading them upside down. John helped, fortunately. The rain did hold off.
In between times the choir was thrilled to hear of our successful application for funding for new music from the ArtsNunawading. We have done well this year with grants and our thanks and praise go to Sam for her great work on behalf of the choir.
Maroondah Singers are now gearing up for two final concerts for the year. A Little Christmas Magic will be presented at Mountview Uniting Church Hall on Sunday, December 11th from 2 pm to 4 pm and will be followed by a most delicious festive afternoon tea. Our musical director Lyn Henshall has once again come up with a great program. The Christmas music will include popular favourites as well as some not so familiar and also ones to sing along to. To name a few: O Holy Night (we do a gospel version); The First Noel/Pachelbel’s Canon; Unto You This Night (made popular by Garth Brooks); Rest, Little Lamb and many others including the evocative Wheeler & James Australian Christmas Carols. Whenever you hear – “The north wind is tossing the leaves, The red dust is over the town, The sparrows are under the eaves, And the grass in the paddock is brown” – you know well and truly where you are & there isn’t a snowflake in sight!
Our 2015 Scholar, Soprano Jenna Roubos, is back by popular demand. John Atwell will also do some solo spots as well as accompanying the choir. We look forward to seeing you there. It will be great fun.
The choir also has the privilege and pleasure of opening the Whitehorse Carols this year at the Whitehorse Civic Centre, December 18th Sunday evening 6.15 – 9.30pm. Soloists are Silvie Paladino and Michael Cormick, with whom we will close the program. Jenna Roubos will be joining us at this concert.