We will Remember Them

The Ku-ring-gai Male Choir is off to a strong start in 2017. We are singing well – with no sign of rust from the holidays – and are looking forward to an interesting and challenging year. The main challenge will be the Male Choirs Association of Australia’s 2017 Male Voice Choir Festival on Sunday, October 15. Held every two years, this is always a rich and varied concert that highlights male voices in an impressive massed form.

We recently received our Festival Song Books. We already know some of the songs from previous events and will only need to revise these to meet the conductor’s requirements. But some songs represent new ground.

Guest conductor for the Festival will be well-known Australian musician Richard Gill AM. He is widely experienced as a symphonic, operatic and choral conductor and we will learn much in practice and performance with him. The venue for the Festival will be the Wollongong Entertainment Centre.

Ku-ring-gai Male Choir’s first concert of 2017 was given at one of our favourite venues, the scenic Rowland retirement village in Galston on Sydney’s outskirts. Much as we enjoy singing in new locations, there is comfort in being met by people whose contact with the Choir goes back a decade and more. At Rowland, it hardly seemed a year since our last annual visit.

The highlight of this latest concert was the much-loved ode to servicemen of World War 1 and subsequent conflicts, “We Will Remember Them.”

They shall grow not old,
As we that are left grow old.
At the going down of the sun
And in the morning
We will remember them.

The arrangement we sang was for choir and soprano soloist. Naomi Giselle sang the solo beautifully, in addition to her usual programme of operatic arias and other favourites. Judging by this first concert, 2017 will another memorable year.

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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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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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