About hlyth2013

I run websites for The Choral Grapevine (a regional newsletter for choirs in Western Victoria and South-Eastern South Australia) and Cycling Geelong (a recreational cycling group). I am an artist and photographer, musician and recreational cyclist.

For the Joy of Singing the Classics: Opera Choruses

Around 50 singers enjoyed an afternoon singing the classics under the able direction of Daryl Barclay with the help of Hugh Davidson, accompanist.

The music was challenging – with all parts needing to divide (in one case, within two choirs).  With opera, the chorus play many roles.  This afternoon the chorus were asked to play peasants, matadors (and their molls), pilgrims, country bumpkins and courtiers.

With many choruses sprinting along at allegro, even English words were a challenge.  However, undaunted, the group attempted Italian for choruses of Verdi, but reneged on trying Russian for Tchaikovsky.

Thanks to Daryl and Hugh for an afternoon of enjoyable singing.  Thanks also to Anne Pilgrim, who devised the concept of Singing the Classics as a chance for singers to attempt repertoire that is outside of their choirs’ usual scope.  The series is sponsored by The Geelong Chorale.

The second For the Joy of Singing the Classics for 2018 will be on June 10th, when Allister Cox (director of The Geelong Chorale and a G & S veteral), will conduct singers in an afternoon of choruses from Gilbert and Sullivan light operas.


Western District Choral Festival: Geelong 2018

To register your choir, please contact Angela West, Secretary, The Geelong Chorale.   (03) 5244 7285

All choirs are invited to present 10 minutes of their own music.  The concert will begin with massed singing of Advance Australia Fair and conclude with massed singing of The Hallelujah Chorus (Handel).

Geelong Symphony Orchestra Chorus: The Mighty 9th – Preliminary Workshop


7.30pm, Saturday, 27th October, 2018- The Geelong Symphony Orchestra and GSO Chorus, conducted by Fabian Russell.

Almost 80 singers attended the familiarisation workshop for the GSO Chorus on Sunday, March 4th.  The rehearsal was directed by Peter Tregear, Chorus Master for the GSO Chorus.

There were singers from many different choirs – from Geelong, Drysdale, Colac, Winchelsea, Anglesea, Melbourne, Gisborne and other choirs far and wide.

To do the mighty 9th justice, a large choir is needed.  While the duration of the fourth movement (which includes choir and soloists) is relatively short, the intensity of singing needed is great.  A full range of dynamics is required.

If you would like to register as a singer, please fill out the registration form.