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Harmony at Hornsby - a wonderful audience

An audience of more than 350 people came to Hornsby RSL for the Ku-ring-gai Male Choir's annual winter concert on Sunday 20th August. The choir never sings on the stage as the proscenium arch tends to block the sound, and this year we were fortunate to have the use of some wooden risers which allowed the back rows of the choir to see the audience (and of course be seen by them!). The first bracket was a trio of Australian songs: "Waltzing Matilda", "My Country", and "Shelter". The latter was arranged by the erstwhile conductor of the Orange Male Voice Choir, Leon Paix, and is wonderful for male voices.

The Choir is very fortunate to have the services of two talented soprano soloists, Anita Kyle and Naomi Giselle. For Naomi's first bracket she sang "Come To The Fair", "Some Day My Heart Will Awake", and the amusing "The Physician" by Cole Porter. Naomi also joined the choir to sing the solo in the moving "We Will Remember Them" by Christopher Willcock, a placing to music of "The Ode", the iconic memorial verse.

Anita again demonstrated her amazing control in "Sei Nicht Boes'" from Der Obersteiger by Carl Zeller, and "Una Voce Poco Fa" from Il Barbiere Di Siviglia.

After the interval the Choir performed the rousing "Sixteen Tons" by Merle Travis, an amusing story based on his coal-mining father. The chorus lyric "Another day older and deeper in debt" was apparently Travis' father's favourite saying. This was followed by "You Raise Me Up" and "Nella Fantasia", from Ennio Moorcone's 'Gabriel's Oboe'.

One of the highlights of the concert were the duets by Naomi and Anita, including "I Would That My Love" and "Evening Prayer" from Hansel and Gretel. The two sopranos finished with "Duet for Two Cats" which is always popular with our audiences, as it depicts an argument between the two over a bouquet of flowers!

During the raffle draw we experienced a spot of bad luck, when the fire alarm started to sound. It turned out that one of Naomi's blouses had caught fire, being too close to the lights around the mirror! Fortunately there was little damage and the concert was able to continue.

For the final bracket the Choir concentrated on well-known male choir pieces such as "Deus Salutis" and "Finlandia", which we all enjoy singing, and finally "Brothers Sing On", a piece that is new to us this year. It will be part of the repertoire for the Male Choir's Association Concert in Wollongong on Sunday 15th October, where over 400 men will come together to perform at the Wollongong Sports and Entertainment Centre. It promises to be a fantastic event. Further information can be found here.


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Ku-Ring-Gai Male Choir: Live In Concert

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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.

The choir would like to acknowledge the generous support of Ku-ring-gai Council.


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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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