The choir has started the year off well with performances at Emu Bottom Homestead – a wedding, and the Wonthaggi Community Arts Centre – a full concert presentation.

We were invited by a long term member to provide the music for the couple and guests at his wedding. Everyone was greatly delighted by our contribution. The choir was thrilled to contribute to such a loving and warm ceremony in a beautiful historic setting. Images from the day can be found on our facebook page.

The Wonthaggi concert on the 19th April was held in the Community Arts Centre. The choir caught the bus there and back, an enjoyable restful 2 hrs each way. The concert spanned the ages and was enthusiastically received and enjoyed enormously by audience and choir alike. The music included songs from the World War I era to commemorate the ANZAC anniversary, the forties, broadway musicals, opera and contemporary numbers that have become choir favourites – Hymn of Peace by Mary McDonald and The Ground by Ola Gjeilo. Our  opening number was the rousing  A wonderful Day like today.

 

Jenna

 

It was our first performance with our vocal scholar, Jenna Roubos. Jenna delighted us all with soaring and moving renditions of This is my Beloved & Do not stand at my grave and weep. More can be found on our website about this talented vocal scholar.  Information and application forms in regard to next year’s vocal scholarship are now available on our site .

Dorothy Baker, a popular entertainer of stage and screen was also a featured artist and enthusiastically received.  The choir was well looked after and supported by the ladies of the parish with morning tea to greet and refresh us on our arrival followed by a wonderful lunch after rehearsal and then again afternoon teas after the concert.

Some of the comments we received from Graham Wilson, the organizer of the event:

Our thanks and appreciation for yesterday. We realise that it’s not just the time for rehearsal and performance but the reality of the cost of getting everyone down here. That’s dedication to the cause. We further recognise the percentage of the choir who made the journey. It’s one thing to enjoy the social aspect of “getting together” for rehearsals and local concerts but, add to that a 2 hour each way journey; that shows a real commitment. It’s a credit to you all that this happened.

Huge thanks for the attached and a “Spectacular Musical Event”.