Welcome to Ku-Ring-Gai Male Choir
OUR FEMININE SIDE
Ku-ring-gai Male Choir is a traditional ensemble, with first and second tenors and first and second basses. However, the feminine contribution we enjoy is vital.
Strange as it may seem to talk about the feminine side of a male voice choir, Ku-ring-gai Male Choir would be lost without the skills of its piano accompanist, Grace Edwards-Barnetson. Her musical knowledge is invaluable, and she gives generously of her skills in both rehearsal and performance of the Choir and soloists. Grace is also a delightful personality, with her Scots brogue, and this helps us get through some of the difficult passages when new songs are being learned.
Another notable feminine side of the Ku-Ring-Gai Male Choir is our present soprano soloists Anita Kyle and Naomi Gisele. They are brilliant singers, with repertoires ranging from the most difficult operatic arias, with soaring high notes, to musical comedy and even standard pop songs.
At recent concerts, the arias included “Softly Awakes My Heart” from “Samson and Delilah” and “The Habanera” from “Carmen”, followed by the classic and flirtatious German musical comedy favorite “In Chambre Separe”, then an all-time pop hit “If I Give My Heart To You”. For further contrast, a light as air version of “I Could Have Danced All Night” from “My Fair Lady” had the audience tapping their feet.
Of course, the other feminine contribution to the Choir’s activities is from our wives who generously volunteer to assist, especially at the bigger events, for example our annual concert at the Hornsby RSL Club which this year was on Sunday, August 7 in the Club’s excellent auditorium. The wives assist at the door and with selling raffle tickets.
At the Hornsby concert there is always an excellent roll-up of family members, including children and grand-children, not to mention friends. This helps explain the warmth for which our concerts are known.
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 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.
Come & sing with us
The Choir rehearses every Tuesday night at St Swithuns Church, Telegraph Road, Pymble.
During the concert season, most concerts are also held on Tuesday nights..
Why not come along to one of our rehearsals, where you can see how the choir rehearses.
02 9416 3502 (John Middleton)