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The final months of 2017 were hectic and most enjoyable for all concerned.

The annual Baptcare Karana Community fund-raising concert took place in October, compered by the delightful Philip Brady from 3AW. The programme featured guest artists the 2010 recipient of our Vocal Scholarship award, soprano Prudence Hare, our good friend, tenor Richard Thomas and a very talented young cellist Jaidan Shapcot-Jones who entertained the audience with their verve and musical flair and were complemented by the choir who presented a variety of well-known songs including New York, New York; Misty; What A Wonderful World and Love Story along with a selection from Kismet and finishing with a rousing rendition of Alexander’s Ragtime Band.

The highlight of our musical year is our annual concert which is held in the James Tatoulis Auditorium at MLC, Kew. In 2017, the large audience was presented with a moving rendition of Vivaldi’s Gloria by the choir with accompaniment by The Invictus String Quartet – a group of talented young musicians, Christine Daly and Nyssa Sanguanari (violin); Jin Long (viola) and Annika Cho (cello) together with the young oboist Rachel Bullen and our own accompanist, Hanford Lam at the harpsichord. We were delighted to have Eleanor Kerr – soprano and Chloe Harris – mezzo soprano as guest soloists for this work. After interval, our special guest artists, Eleanor and Chloe were joined by Alastair Cooper-Golec (tenor), assisted by Hanford Lam at the piano, who thrilled the audience with their musical skills and engaging manner (particularly the duets by Chloe and Alastair). The choir presented a range of musical offerings including some old favourites such as Singin’ In the Rain; The Impossible Dream; Dream A Little dream Of Me and Birth Of the Blues along with a pulsating version of Rhythm of Life and ending with an appealing Music of Vienna medley involving all the singers.. We were privileged to have our very good friend, John Wise, provide percussion for many of the numbers.

In the following week, the annual Janet Perkins Vocal Scholarship evening attracted 8 young emerging vocalists who entertained the members of the choir and friends with their passion for classical music. The Scholarship of $1,000 was awarded to James Emerson, tenor.The adjudicator, Margaret Dalglish, commented that this was the most impressive overall presentation since her involvement with the Award over the latter 7 or 8 years and requested that a 2nd place be awarded to soprano Lauren Sibree.

The year finished on a light-hearted note with choir members and friends enjoying each other’s company at our annual Christmas break-up while participating in an enjoyable Trivia Quiz and being entertained with a number of musical items presented by individual choir members (followed by a sumptuous supper, of course).

The Melbourne Singers were delighted to be part of the KEWfest (Kew Sings Choral Concert at Sacred Heart Church, Kew) for 2018 in March joining with four other choirs – Cultures Together Choir, Sing For Recovery, Melbourne Chorus of Sweet Adelines and Sing Australia, Hawthorn and Camberwell – from the Kew area. It has been said and was very obvious on that night that singing is so good for our well-being and the soul. It was such a happy occasion.



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