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Childers Choral Society tuning up for concert

Voices united in song. Members of the Childers Choral Society at rehearsal this week. From left: Merle Gallehawk, Dilys Griffiths, Susan Wood, David Horner and Peter Anderson.
Voices united in song. Members of the Childers Choral Society at rehearsal this week, from left: Merle Gallehawk, Dilys Griffiths, Susan Wood, David Horner and Peter Anderson.

Music is a joy to be shared and the Childers Choral Society members have been sharing their passion for music for more than 20 years.

Later next month, the group will be taking its music to the community with a free public performance scheduled for Sunday afternoon, 29 November.

Under the guidance of local music professional David Horner the group will be performing a selection of seasonal carols and a number of songs from the Olympics.

“This was supposed to be an Olympic year,” David said. “So we wanted to draw on the inspiration and sheer joy that Olympic performances can bring and deliver that uplifting feeling through a number of songs.

“I think people will recall some of these from past Olympics including the beautiful ‘Amigos Para Siempre’ (Friends For Life) which featured at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.

“Naturally with Christmas so close the group has a number of carols to perform,” David said.

“The venue for the performance will be the outdoor undercover area at St Joseph’s Primary School and we will be singing for around 45 minutes.”

David said that the pandemic had disrupted the regular gatherings of the group, but members of the society are again in full voice.

“We usually present an end-of-year sing along concert but obviously the disruption to the year has impacted that, however, as a group, we are pleased to be able to share this live entertainment with the community.”

Members of the Childers Choral Society have been rehearsing for a community concert to be held at the end of November. Rear from left; Jack Haaksma, Dorothy Haaksma, Angelo LaRocca, David Horner, Peter Anderson. Front from left: Merle Gallehawk, Dilys Griffiths, Gloria Peters, Susan Wood and Cecily Fay.
Members of the Childers Choral Society have been rehearsing for a community concert to be held at the end of November. Rear from left; Jack Haaksma, Dorothy Haaksma, Angelo LaRocca, David Horner, Peter Anderson. Front from left: Merle Gallehawk, Dilys Griffiths, Gloria Peters, Susan Wood and Cecily Fay.

David said the Choral Society had around 13 members including several male voices. “New members and new voices are always welcome.”

Choral Society member Cecily Fay said the group derived companionship and shared musical pleasure as members of the Choral Society.

She said David Horner had been the guiding hand in bringing musical appreciation and the opportunity to perform to residents of the Childers community.

David is an educator teaching music and through his passion and energy has been instrumental in coordinating musical events in the area since his arrival in Childers 23 years ago.

He was recognised for his contribution to the local community through the receipt of an Australia Day Award this year.

The concert will commence at 2pm on Sunday, November 29 and while the event is free, gold coin donations would assist the Choral Society with some of its running costs.

Tea and coffee and individually packaged biscuits will be available after the concert. A COVID-safe plan will be in place.

Contacts for the Choral Society include Cecily 0429 044 247, Dorothy 41261536 or David 0408 735 249.

Emails can be forwarded to [email protected]

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