The Maroondah Singers were thrilled to join with the Melbourne Welsh Male Choir in producing a night of entertainment which truly lived up the billing of A Grand Choral Happening.

A healthy crowd was thoroughly entertained by the feast of choral music and other entertainment at the Karralyka Centre, East Ringwood, on July 14.

A major highlight was the combining of the choirs for two special pieces. The first was a reprise of In a Monastery Garden by the Marshall sisters with the singing of the Kyrie Eleison. A choir member in the audience said it was “magic” to be surrounded by sound with the Welsh choir up the aisles and us on stage. The choirs ended the evening powerfully with the stirring Welsh classic Cwm Rhondda.

President Miriam Ford said it was “great to hear the Welsh choir and to be a part of really exciting joint singing”.

The choirs performed several of their own items, ranging from Benedictus and Memory from Cats to Feeling Good and Hallelujah. James Emerson performed Listen Mary by May Brahe and Non Piu Andrai from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. A day later at the same venue he performed in the finals of the Ringwood Aria in which last year’s scholar Lyndon Green came second.

Both young men enjoyed more good news in the fortnight afterwards. James won the Aria Award Solo section of the West Gippsland Music and Drama Eisteddfod. Earlier this year Lyndon featured in the chorus of the State Opera of South Australia production of Saul at the Adelaide Festival and it has just been voted Best Opera in the national Helpmann Awards.