Thursday, September 7, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Founded in 1964, the National Boys Choir of Australia has established itself as one of Australia’s finest treble choirs.
This month, the choir is delighted to be performing in St Paul’s Church in Mackay as part of its 2023 North Queensland Tour, joined by Artistic Director Andrew Bainbridge and Accompanist Jane Matheson.
The program will include classical, folk and popular songs, including ‘For the Beauty of the Earth’ by choir patron John Rutter, and works by Australian composers Colin Brumby, Ruth McCall, Dan Walker, Nicholas Buc, Todd McNeal and Lyn Williams.
The choir is made up of approximately 200 boys aged between seven and 15, all commencing with a two-year training period before moving into the Performing Choir.
Choristers are trained in the traditional bel canto style, their repertoire including music ranging from early motets through to contemporary commissioned works and fully staged children’s operas, as well as musical comedy, art songs and folk songs from around the world.
The choir is often called on to sing with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Opera Australia and Victorian Opera, their busy schedule including regular television, recording and major event appearances such as the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, Grand Prix, Bledisloe Cup and Carols by Candlelight at the Myer Music Bowl since 1988.
The National Boys Choir of Australia will be joined in Mackay by the Mackay Choral Society, directed by Nicole Thomson.
WHAT: The National Boys Choir of Australia
WHEN: Wednesday, September 20 from 6:00pm
WHERE: St Paul’s Uniting Church, 21 MacAlister Street, Mackay