Who we are

Our name is derived from the district of Sydney where we rehearse, where many of our concerts are held at retirement villages as well as public venues, and a substantial number of our choristers live. Ku-Ring-Gai encompasses what is popularly referred to as Sydney’s upper north shore, though our presence also extends to the Hills District, to Hornsby and even the northern beaches.

The choir was started in 1946 by returned servicemen who had found camaraderie in singing during the war. This makes KMC one of the longest-running choirs in Australia. Our membership totals about 45, divided reasonably well between the four male voice parts. Our demographics cover a substantial number of retirees as well as younger men still pursuing their careers.

Our aim is to constantly improve our performance and the favorable comments that we continue to receive from our audiences lead us to believe that we are again making progress in 2014. Our major strength is our conductor and musical director, Dr. Paul Whiting, who has tirelessly pursued excellence during his 15 years of leading the choir. He is also renowned among our audiences for his witty and informative comments on musical items in our concerts.

Our accompanist Grace Edwards-Barnetson is the choir’s other major pillar of strength. Grace is rightly seen as a marvel, not only for her skill in accompanying both choir and soloists, but her perceptive vocal coaching. Grace has been with the choir for 12 very productive years.


Dr. Paul Whiting OAM

Dr. Paul Whiting (MA (Hons); Dip Ed; LMus; ThC; PhD) studied music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the University of Sydney.


He taught English, History and Music at secondary level and lectured in English, Music and Primary Education at Wagga Wagga Teachers' College, Sydney, Teachers' College, Sydney CAE and the University of Sydney.


He plays piano and organ, and has conducted the Kuring-gai Male Choir since 2000.


Dr. Whiting was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2016 Australia Day honours list for service to the community though choral music.


Grace Edwards-Barnetson

Born in Scotland, Grace graduated in piano and singing at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music. In Australia, Grace has actively followed a career in Melbourne and Sydney as Vocal Coach, repetiteur and singing teacher, and as an accompanist in vocal recitals.


For the last 20 years Grace has been devoted to the teaching of singing at her private studio at Roseville, and, since 2002, has been the accompanist to the Ku-Ring-Gai Male Choir.