The Ku-Ring-Gai Male Choir

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.


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Ku-Ring-Gai Male Choir: Live In Concert

Enjoy some of our favourite songs, recorded live at our concerts in 2015.



About Us

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.


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Our Philosophy

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.


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Concerts

The Ku-Ring-Gai Male choir has a full annual concert schedule held at retirement villages around the North Shore, with a number of special concerts that are held in larger venues and that attract hundreds of spectators.


All retirement village concerts are conducted in aid of our supported charities, further details of which can be found here. The choir is always interested in talking to prospective venues; if you would like to talk to us about the choir performing at your venue please email us.


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