YEAR ENDS ON A HIGH NOTE
The Ku-ring-gai Male Choir’s final concert for 2016 at Lindfield Gardens retirement village typified our year – a responsive and enthusiastic audience at an excellent venue, a varied and attractive program, and outstanding singing by our soloist, soprano Anita Kyle. We were blessed to have the services of Anita and our other main soloist, soprano Naomi Giselle during the year. These are singers of a high order. Our audiences were delighted by the range and quality of the performances and the Choir was inspired to greater heights by performing in such company.
Anita’s program at Lindfield Gardens featured operatic arias, including a famous aria from Johann Strauss’s classic musical comedy, "Die Fledermaus". The audience loved the brilliant singing – and also the full value that Anita gave to the saucy lyrics. What a treat!
Anita also joined the Choir in one of the great soprano-male chorus duets, “La Vergine degli Angeli” from Verdi’s opera “The Force of Destiny”. This was a pleasure for audience and Choir alike.
Another much enjoyed item by the Choir was Flander’s and Swann’s comedy classic, the Hippopotamus Song. We were transported to the banks of the Shalimar in exotic Kashmir to witness tender romance between two hippopotami. The audience sang along, with gusto, in the final chorus:
“Mud, mud, glorious mud
Nothing quite like it
For cooling the blood!
The program at Lindfield Gardens also included solos by Choir members. Musical director Dr. Paul Whiting OAM selects a soloist for each concert, sometimes revealing unexpected musical talents. At this concert John Penn led the Choir in “Can you feel the love tonight” from “The Lion King.”
Ku-ring-gai Male Choir is now in recess. Our weekly practice will resume in March 2017 when Dr. Whiting will reveal our repertoire for the New Year. We look forward to learning our challenge. There are always surprises.
To our audiences, thanks for your interest and support. We look forward to keeping in touch. Meantime, have a happy and musical 2017.
The successful Ku-ring-gai Male Choir is one of the oldest performing male voice choirs in Australia.
Founded by ex-servicemen following the Second World War, the choir has been in harmony since 1946 and today has over 45 performing members.
The choir is currently under the musical direction of Dr Paul Whiting and accompanied by acclaimed pianist Grace Edwards-Barnetson.
The members of Ku-ring-gai Male Choir are brought together with the common desire of making music, coupled with social interaction.
We are a non-audition choir and new members are always welcome; we do not ask that you sing like a professional, and the ability to read music is not required.
All that is required is a love of music and the commitment to attend the majority of rehearsals.
Come & sing with us
The Choir rehearses every Tuesday night at St Swithuns Church, Telegraph Road, Pymble.
During the concert season, most concerts are also held on Tuesday nights..
Why not come along to one of our rehearsals, where you can see how the choir rehearses.
02 9416 3502 (John Middleton)