How lucky was the performing choir of 35 boys, supported by six staff, to get a taste of warmer weather in September, when the Performing Choir toured North Queensland?
The general consensus was that they were very fortunate with the weather and the opportunity to perform in several major regional centres.
The choir performed brilliantly in Cairns, Atherton, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton and Yeppoon.
You could be forgiven for thinking rockstars were in town, the way the boys were mobbed after their performances. It seemed everyone wanted to ask questions and take photos. The boys handled it like troupers and should be very proud of the way they interacted with their audiences at each performance.
Many people noticed the beautiful acoustics in the Townsville and Mackay Cathedrals, while one interested visitor got a bird’s-eye view from the rafters of the Mackay Cathedral during the choristers’ rehearsal and performance.
Although the inquisitive kookaburra piqued the interest of many choristers, it was Mr Bainbridge’s descent down the big slide at Townsville’s Water Park that caused much hilarity and earned him a lot of kudos on the tour!
Also, the boys were privileged to have time for some sightseeing at the Cairns Aquarium and the Capricorn Caves, but many will remember one of the most enriching activities of the tour was visiting the residents at the Eureka Care Communities Retirement Village in Rockhampton.
The morning tea was nothing short of a SUPER SPREAD!!!
The tables groaned under the weight of sandwiches, cakes, quiches, slices, and the most enormous fruit platter ever seen in the Sunshine State! Everyone knows the way to a boy’s heart is via his stomach! Well, in this case it was a BULLSEYE!
After performing for the appreciative audience who couldn’t get enough of them…schmoozing with the audience/residents and wolfing down the awesome morning tea, the boys made their exit via Conga Line, with an older lady and her walker right at the top of the line.
Even though it was hot and muggy on the day, the boys looked very cool in their red polo tops and chino shorts. Just ask the residents.