Fifty years may provoke many memories for hundreds of young men who have passed through our doors, but to the 180 boys currently singing with the National Boys Choir of Australia it means celebrating with a party!
That’s exactly what we did on Sunday 12 October – at the Ringwood premises of the Choir. The day was primarily a celebration for the current families and friends to share a little history of the organisation. There was a pictorial recap of 50 years running on the big screen, with a display of memorabilia including past choir uniforms, concerts, tours and copious newspaper clippings that have been amassed over the years available for guests to peruse in the Bird Studio.
The younger training choirs – the Elementary and Junior boys – and the older Performing boys all had a sing during the day. There was an assortment of refreshments and entertainment for all including a giant slide – popular with young and old! A balloon-ologist kept the younger folk amused. And of course a birthday party needs a cake! The occasion was acknowledged by over 300 voices joining to sing Happy Birthday.
We congratulate everyone who has contributed – from Kevin Casey who had the foresight to start the Choir and to all the people along the way who have supported the Choir’s development, creating the internationally recognised organisation we see on stage today.
We look forward to the next 50 years.