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In Harmony since 1946

 

Who We Are

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 but would be helpful. All that is required is a love of music and the commitment to attend the majority of rehearsals.

Our name is derived from the district of Sydney where we rehearse, where we most frequently perform and where many of our choristers reside.

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 40, 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 favourable comments that we continue to receive from our audiences lead us to believe that we are making progress in the 2020’s. Our major strength is our conductor and musical director, Dr Paul Whiting, who has tirelessly pursued excellence during his 20+ years of leading the choir. He is also renowned among our audiences for his witty and informative comments on musical items in our concerts.

Dr Paul Whiting –  Music Director

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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 Ku-Ring-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.

Hank Xiang – Accompanist

Hank graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Music (Hons) in 2012 after studying under Dr Paul-Rickard Ford.

He continued his studies at the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory in St Petersburg in the class of Nina Seryogina and Miroslav Kultyshev.

Hank has performed in iconic concert halls across Australia and Europe and has worked as a soloist with several orchestras in St. Petersburg and Novosibirsk.

He was appointed to the role of accompanist for our choir in March 2021.

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Guest Artists

Our performances often include guest artists who provide a delightful contrast to our male choir. Recently featured artists are Anita Kyle and Lucinda Beck.

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Anita Kyle

Lyric Soprano, Anita Kyle received her A.Mus.A and L.Mus.A Diplomas in Singing while studying with Maree Ryan at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and studied for a Bachelor of Arts in Music, French and Theatre at the University of New South Wales.

While studying with Anthea Moller, Anita won the National Operatic Aria in Canberra and the ‘MTO German-Australian Opera Grant’ in Melbourne; a 12-month solo contract at the Hessian State Theatre in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Anita’s roles included ’15 year old’ in ‘Lulu’, ‘Frasquita’ in Carmen, ‘Sophie’ in ‘Werther’, ‘Sandman’ and ‘Dew Fairy’ in ‘Hansel and Gretel’, ‘Papagena’ in ‘The Magic Flute’, ‘Lieschen’ in Bach’s ‘Coffee Cantata’ and ‘Governess’ in ‘Orpheus and Eurydice’. Anita has just returned to Australia after four years in Germany, which included performances in oratorios and recitals.

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Lucinda Beck

A classically trained singer, actor and voice artist, Lucinda has grown up performing everything from comedy, musicals, jazz, and opera.

Lucinda’s recent stage credits include the Sydney season of The Sound Of Music (Gordon Frost Organisation), playing a nun at The Capitol Theatre, and cabaret performances in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals as well as the London Underbelly Festival.

In 2019 Lucinda performed alongside her sister in “The Sin-Sational Rita and Mae”, exploring the lives of Rita Hayworth and Mae West, as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival.

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The choir is a registered charity.

The Ku-ring-gai Male Choir acknowledges Australia’s First Nations Peoples – the First Australians – as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this land and gives respect to the Elders – past, present and emerging – and through them to all Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.