Once again we set off on the bus for what has become a regular event in our calendar year, a concert in the Wonthaggi Community Arts Hall. On board were our musical director, Lyn Henshall and our new vocal scholar, tenor Lyndon Green as well as 40 other members of the choir. We always have a great trip there and back full of conversation, getting to know others members of the choir better than we did before. We arrived to a wonderful morning tea put on by the ladies of the church organising the concert which is a fund raiser for pastoral care in the parish. They also gave us a delicious lunch as well as afternoon tea after the concert. We were certainly well fed and watered throughout the day.

The concert was enthusiastically received, we even had a standing ovation for one or two numbers. The hall was three-quarters full and would have raised some great funds for the organisers. There were many compliments about the choir’s program, how well balanced and nuanced it was, with light and shade, changing dynamics and beautiful evocation of feeling. Also too for the Boardwalk barbershop quartet, a group of four singers from the Melbourne Airs based in Doncaster. They were simply marvellous, great choice of music, brilliant close harmonies with several amusing numbers. Our MC, Ray Kitto, was almost, almost, outshone but not quite. He does a great job with his compering of the concert and the jokes.

Lyndon delived his solos with great flair and expression, and was accompanied by Nadia in a lovely duet of The Prayer. This is the second time they have performed it in concert and it gets better each time. There will be another at our coming Autumn concert at Mountview Uniting Church on Sunday May 15. The program will be similar to that at Wonthaggi with a few alterations which include Something Wonderful (from the King and I), Everything’s coming up Roses (from Gypsy) I’ll walk with God, and the lovely welsh hymn Benedictus.

It will be another concert to remember and it will be accompanied by a sumptious afternoon tea once the concert is concluded.