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Let All Men Sing - the party is over!
More than four hundred choristers from thirteen of the member choirs of the Male Choirs Association of Australia, and the Wellington Male Choir from New Zealand, performed items from opera, spirituals, musicals, and traditional songs accompanied by the piano and the Band, which will also performed some well known Band music. Australian choristers came from male choirs in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Wagga, Albury, Orange, Wollongong, Sydney and Canberra – including Canberra's Australian Rugby Choir and the Canberra Mens Choir.
The program also featured solo items from well known Canberra soprano Sarah Carvalho - 'Juliet's Waltz' and 'Girl in 14G' . Former Musical Director of the RMC Band, Geoff Grey, brought his immense experience to the role of Presenter, creating a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
This fourth MCAA Festival - staged at the AIS Arena in Canberra - was a rare biennial treat of male voice song. Previous concerts were staged at Llewellyn Hall (2008), the Sydney Town Hall (2010) and the Dallas Brooks Centre (Melbourne 2012).
Soldier On - a great cause
The Concert was be a fund-raiser for Soldier On, the community based charitable organisation established to support physically and psychologically wounded veterans. Established in 2012, it has become a well known and effective organisation, with programs of rehabilitation, adventurous events, education, empowerment and employment, and community events.
During the concert MCAA President Alastair Crombie presented a cheque for $3,000 to Soldier On Chair, former Chief of Army, Lieutenant General (Retd) Peter Leahy AC. Alastair reminded all that the links between male choirs and the armed service are 'long and strong'. Most, if not all MCAA choirs, regularly perform at commemorative occasions such as Remembrance Day and ANZAC Day. He observed that one of the performing choirs, Kur-ing-gai Male Choir, was established by ex-servicemen in 1946, and the Sydney Male Choir, in its 100th year, sang at the 2013 ANZAC ceremony at Villers-Brettoneux. Most choirs have ex-servicemen or reservists in their ranks.
A bucket collection by Soldier On volunteers during the interval raised an impressive $2,836.50 to add to the MCAA cheque. MCAA is also committed to allocating $5.00 from every ticket sold after costs have been met.
Are you a male choir in Australia? If so, please now and join in the fun and fellowship.