On Sunday 20th March,  Maroondah Singers performed their first concert for the year. A celebration of 60 years of marriage for one of our founding members, John Williams and his wife Margaret, the program included several recent additions to our repertoire such as Don’t get around much anymore, When I’m 64, Wonderful World, Perhaps Love, songs to celebrate love enduring despite the usual vagaries. John and Margaret’s Diamond Anniversary was remarkable in many ways, not just for 60 years together and 14,000 breakfasts in bed as reported in the local paper! Their bridesmaid and best man also attended, both in fine fettle. The bridesmaid, another Margaret, also sings in the choir and was a skilled seamstress in her earlier days. She made the gowns for the bride and herself. The bride’s lovely gown was on display and has been worn by both daughters on their special days. The occasion was of such significance that John and Margaret received letters from the Queen, the Governor General, the Prime Minister, and the Victorian Premier.
We also celebrated the inaugural performance from our 2016 memorial scholar, tenor Lyndon Green. Lyndon will perform with us throughout the year and it was a great pleasure to hear his beautiful voice effortlessly adapting to the different styles of Where’re You Walk (G F Handel), A Wand’ring Minstrel (Gilbert & Sullivan, The Mikado) and in duet, The Prayer (Carole Bayer & David Foster) with our resident talented soprano, Nadia Migliardi. What a great way to begin our year. Thank you John and Margaret – it was a privilege and a pleasure.