Thursday, September 14, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
The National Boys Choir of Australia North Queensland Tour concert in the beautiful St Paul's Uniting Church, Mackay, is just days away: 6pm Wednesday 20 September and seating is limited: book now on www.trybooking.com/1088478.
Come to the venue with the best acoustics in the region and hear a performance of national standard. St Paul’s Uniting Church, originally Presbyterian, is the oldest church building in Mackay. Heritage listed, the church was designed originally for unaccompanied psalm and hymn singing and has an active congregation with two pianists who also play the pipe organ. Mavis Braithwaite, recently retired, still plays for funerals.
Young and old are welcome to hear secular and sacred repertoire and to be inspired by young voices. Joined by the Mackay Choral Society, the National Boys Choir of Australia was founded in 1964 and has established itself as one of Australia’s finest treble choirs. The full choir is composed of about 200 boys aged between 7 and 15 – about 30 will fit into St Paul’s. A new member is trained for two years in the traditional bel canto style before progressing to the Performing Choir. Repertoire ranges from early motets to contemporary commissioned works. The choir also performs children’s operas, musical comedy, and art and folk songs.
Contributed by Rev. Dr Julia Pitman