For people who were unable to attend the recent Anniversary Dinner, or indeed anyone who would like to see our Ringwood home, there has been a Back To day arranged for Sunday 12 October. This promises to be a day of fun for our current choristers as well so that they can join in the celebrations. We will have more news on this in coming months.
The National Boys Choir of Australia has been fortunate to be one of the few (if not the only) choirs in the country to own their own premises, due to the sensible and thrifty management of funds during those early years. Unit 3, 9 Pilgrim Court was purchased 1993 and after 12 months of parent volunteer working bees the building opened for rehearsals in 1994.
A working relationship with Qantas began in 1998. The profile of the Choir increased, prompting the introduction of another training level -the Elementary choir. It wasn’t long before the building became too small and expansion was on the horizon. The adjoining unit was purchased, walls knocked out and two more studios, wardrobe and storage added to the premises.
Our friends at ConnectEast have shared the following….
ConnectEast, the owner and operator of EastLink, congratulates the National Boys Choir of Australia on its fiftieth anniversary celebrations, which will include the Back to Ringwood Day on 12 October. EastLink opened in June 2008 and has contributed to quicker and easier travel to and from the Choir’s Ringwood location in the six years since.
ConnectEast’s involvement with the National Boys Choir of Australia began as a sponsor of the children’s opera, Lost to the Music, performed on 23 July 2009 at the Melbourne Recital Centre. The performance was created by Calvin Bowman and featured a libretto by acclaimed Australian children’s author John Marsden. ConnectEast’s contribution assisted with costs such as librettist’s fee, director’s costs in creation of design and direction for the production, sets and props, and costumes. ConnectEast has since provided sponsorship funding for the annual Christmas concert between 2010 and 2013 and we have increased our support in 2014 to help celebrate the Choir’s fiftieth anniversary.