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We announced a new Choir Patron at our Christmas Concert as we set out on our 50th celebrations – Lynette Casey-Brereton BMus MIMT. The Choir began in Lynette and Kevin’s home, with Lynette working for many years as teacher and administrator.
Lynette was Director of the Melba Memorial Conservatorium from 1987 until 1998, and became a professorial associate of Victoria University (with the title ‘Professor’) following the affiliation of the two institutions in 1994.
She had had a long career as a soprano soloist, especially in oratorio and lieder, and broadcast frequently for the ABC.
For the AMEB Lynette has been Chair of the panel of examiners in singing for many years; was national adviser for the most recent revision of singing syllabuses; and in 2000-2001 was one of the Federal practical examiners, who are responsible for the Board’s Licentiate and Fellowship examinations throughout Australia.
From 2000 until 2003 she was Artistic Director for the Lieder Society of Victoria and she has been a frequent adjudicator at major eisteddfodau and competitions for many years. Since her retirement from the Melba, she has maintained a small private teaching studio, which has included students from Melbourne University, the Victorian College of the Arts and Australian Catholic University.
This is the year to bring past and present choristers, staff, family, friends – everyone – together to celebrate 50 years of music and memories. Join us on Saturday 3 May to dine and reminisce with stories of old and tales anew. Fifty years . . . is a lot of years!
FIFTY YEARS OF REHEARSALS…
Commencing in 1964 in the home of the Choir’s Founder, Mr Kevin Casey and his wife Lynette. Several rented venues from Kew to Nunawading followed over the next twenty-six years before the Choir purchased 3/9 Pilgrim Court, Ringwood. Twelve years later Unit 4 was purchased in 2003 and the building renovated to combine units 3 & 4. This created the space we enjoy today offering three studios, wardrobe, extensive music library and administration facilities.
FIFTY YEARS OF PERFORMANCES…
From the Assembly Hall in Collins Street (first public performance) to St Peter’s in Rome, Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall. Concerts featuring major works, children’s operas, sung a cappella or accompanied by a 40 piece orchestra. The Choir has performed extensively with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and many of the world’s finest Conductors and soloists.
FIFTY YEARS OF REPERTOIRE…
Songs from the classics, contemporary, musicals, folk and fun – symphonies, operas, commissions and home grown. Sung in English, German, Latin, Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese and local indigenous to name a few.
FIFTY YEARS OF TOURING…
Visiting all States of Australia and surrounding regional areas. They have travelled to many countries around the globe – Austria, Belgium, China, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, Taiwan, and United States of America.
FIFTY YEARS OF HOSTING CHOIRS…
From around the world – Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, America, England, Germany and France – Adult, Children’s, Boys and Girls. Singing knows no barriers – NBCA has played host to countless choirs.
FIFTY YEARS OF CHORISTERS…
Thousands of boys have passed through our doors over the decades and many have gone on to be leaders in the world of music or other endeavours.
Dotted around the world are composers, conductors, singers, entertainers and directors who began their musical journey with the Choir.
FIFTY YEARS OF MAJOR EVENTS…
Where do we start? Television and major events including Young Talent Time specials, Sydney Olympic Games and Melbourne’s Commonwealth Games, Carols by Candlelight, the Grand Prix, Good Friday Appeal concerts, Prime Minister’s dinners, President’s Cup dinners, Australian Open Tennis, performances for Royalty, World Expos in China and Japan, and the highly successful Qantas television commercials and associated Qantas events.
FIFTY YEARS OF MUSIC AND MEMORIES…
We look forward to celebrating the past 50 years with as many friends as possible on Saturday 3 May, The Boulevard, Kew. We hope you can join us. Download the invitation here.
What a season it’s been for the Australian Cricket Team – and the Choir was only too happy to offer their support.
After a week of engagements leading up to Christmas Day, the boys made a pilgrimage to the hallowed turf of the MCG to welcome cricketers and fans to the Boxing Day Test. This was an exciting time for the boys, many of whom stayed on to watch the first day’s play.
Mozart’s Regina Coeli KV 108 and Rutter’s Brother Heinrich’s Christmas were the feature items on the Christmas programme. After the Elementary and Junior choristers had opened the concert, the Performing Choir was joined by our wonderful Mens Choir and a substantial professional orchestra once again to entertain the enthusiastic audience. We were also joined by soprano soloist Janet Todd.
No Hi5 – no “Santa Claus is coming…” – but that did not deter the children from welcoming Santa to the stage of the Myer Music Bowl with the Looney Tunes friends, Tweety, Sylvester, Bugs and others – singing and dancing their way through Carols by Candlelight last Christmas Eve!
As Santa was sent on his way, the boys returned to the stage to support Harrison Craig, Silvie Paladino and Anthony Callea with their items.
This is a popular concert series promoted by Arts Centre Melbourne and held at Hamer Hall. Last year, just one week before Christmas, as the ambient temperature soared into the 40’s the boys kept their cool on stage joining with Tim Campbell and Suzanne Johnston to entertain appreciative audiences in the lead-up to the festive season.
The Royal Children’s Hospital Neonatal Unit have for many years now held their fundraising luncheon, Opera in the Roses, in the beautiful gardens at Cruden Farm – the home of the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch.
On this occasion the sun shone in a cloudless sky as over 500 guests gathered to enjoy an afternoon of dining and music, entertained by Olivia Cranwell, Carlos Enrique Barcenas Ramirez, Lorina Gore and Josh Rogan, all young artists forging their way with Opera Australia, Victorian Opera and instrumental music careers – and not forgetting our very own NBCA boys.
Our last Encore missed congratulating the 42 strong tour Choir who visited Tasmania during the September 2013 School Holidays.
Touring is an important part of a chorister’s time with the Choir – a voluntary activity. Boys choose to give up part of their school holidays to visit and entertain in cities and regional areas both internationally and locally around Australia.
Tasmania was last visited in 2001 so it was well overdue for a concert tour. Touring is no ‘walk in the park’! – It is a busy time for boy choristers and staff. Not only are there concerts most evenings, there are the early starts, school visits, workshops with other choirs and the important ambassadorial role the boys play whilst on tour. The boys represent not only the NBCA but behave as young ambassadors for all Australian youth when they travel – on this tour they attended Hobart’s Government House at the invitation of His Excellency Mr Underwood and Mrs Underwood. Choristers and staff joined His Excellency and guests for morning tea before a performance to a full house in the beautiful nineteenth century ballroom.
For all the hard work there is always time to check out the local sights – besides the cities and towns on the tour agenda the boys managed a visit to Cradle Mountain, Cataract Gorge and drove the tourist route from Orford to Hobart.. . oh, and the obligatory visit to the Cadbury Factory!