Welcome to Ku-Ring-Gai Male Choir
ANOTHER FINE CONCERT IN OUR 70TH YEAR
Ku-ring-gai Male Choir’s recent concert at Aminya retirement village in the northern Sydney suburb of Baulkham Hills was an enjoyable return to this attractive and appreciative venue. All our concerts in 2016 have been well attended and successful, in keeping with the auspicious nature of this year, which marks the 70th anniversary of the Choir’s founding by servicemen returning from World War II in 1946.
We greatly value our service heritage and led the hymns at an Anzac service at St Stephen’s Church, Willoughby on April 24. The congregation responded enthusiastically and it was a moving occasion for all concerned, including the choir.
Our main soloist at Aminya was Anita Kyle, a talented soprano who lights up every concert at which she sings. Her program included a beautiful rendition of “Softly Awakes My Heart” from the opera “Samson & Delilah”. Anita also sang the tempestuous “Habanera” from “Carmen”.
As usual, one of the choir members sang a solo. This time it was tenor, Tony Biviano, with an accompaniment on the flute from Chris Moore. Also, Richard Deane-Butcher contributed a trumpet obligato to the Choir’s stirring rendition of the great Welsh hymn, “Deus Salutis”.
As is destined to be a feature of our concerts in 2016, we sang the Flanders & Swann comedy classic, “The Hippotamus Song”. When our conductor Dr. Paul Whiting gave the signal, the audience at Aminya joined in for a rollicking version of “Mud, mud, glorious mud!”
The Choir’s program at Aminya started and finished with high tempo songs, beginning with “Rhythm of life” from the Broadway hit, “Sweet Charity” which has been in our repertoire for years, but remains fresh and exciting.
The evening ended with the classic American spiritual, “Every Time I Feel the Spirit”. Audiences love the infectious rhythms and a few choir members could also be seen tapping their feet!
Hornsby RSL Concert 2016
Ku-ring-gai Male Choir will be performing at Hornsby RSL on Sunday 7 August, with guest artists Anita Kyle and Naomi Gisele. Tickets are $20 from the Hornsby RSL box office.
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 9449 4011 (Philip Rennie)