SINGING THE CLASSICS 2019 – 1: Carmina Burana

Sponsored by The Geelong Chorale

Once again, all singers are invited to participate in the 2019 season of Singing the Classics.  The first work for you to sing is Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, on Sunday, April 7th, at St Luke’s Church Highton, from 2-5pm.  The conductor for this performance is Tom Healey, with Anne Pilgrim accompanist.

Singing the Classics gives singers the chance to sing works which may be beyond the scope of their regular choirs, and is a chance for singers to enjoy each other’s company as they make music.

Carmina Burana is an exciting work and great fun to sing.

The cost for Singing the Classics is $15 ($5 for non-singers) and includes music hire and afternoon tea.   Bookings essential to Anne Pilgrim


Singing the Classics ~ G&S: Sunday 10th June, 2018

Almost seventy Gilbert and Sullivan aficionados arrived to enjoy an afternoon of singing songs from the Savoy operas, conducted by Allister Cox and accompanied by Sonoka Miyake.

The selection of music included multiple patter songs – a fine test of singers’ diction.  Allister, who is much in demand for his own prowess, excelled at this.  There were many past and current members of Gilbert and Sullivan groups, enjoying the opportunity to enjoy old favourites like Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore, and undaunted by the intricacies of Iolanthe.  The sumptuous afternoon, provided by St Lukes parishioners, was a chance to catch up with old friends and tell a few of the stories of past G&S productions, both in Geelong and wider abroad.  A number of people had travelled from Melbourne to sing along.

The afternoon with a rousing performance of “Dance a Cachucha” from The Gondoliers.

Thanks to Allister, Sonoka, and all singers.

Thanks also to Anne Pilgrim, the founder and coordinator of Singing the Classics and to the Geelong Chorale who host the event.

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.

Singing the Classics: Requiem – Mozart

Sunday, June 11th, 2pm, St Luke’s Church, Barrabool Road, Highton

The director for this performance is Malcolm John.

You may have sung this work many times, or never.  It’s a stalwart of the choral repertoire.  However, many choristers have never had the opportunity to sing this beautiful Requiem.  Sunday is your chance to come along and enjoy learning (or brushing up) this lovely piece.

$15 covers music hire and afternoon tea.  Bookings Anne Pilgrim

Singing the Classics is an annual series.  It gives singers the opportunity to sing through major works in the choral repertoire and perform some sections, all in an afternoon.  It is presented by The Geelong Chorale and was instigated and is coordinated by Anne Pilgrim.

Singing the Classics 2016 II: Light Opera Choruses

A large number of choristers and light opera fans crowded into St Lukes Church Highton for the second of this year’s For the Joy of Singing the Classics series.  John Stubbings directed this afternoon of music making, with Anne Pilgrim as accompanist.

Armed with strong voices and a wodge of choruses to sight read, the singers transformed into nuns (and (br)others) in The Sound of Music, students in The Student Prince and masked ball goers for Die Fledermaus Director of Music of Geelong’s U3A Choir, Margaret Hughes, took the baton to direct Painless Opera – a medley of fragments from Mozart to Puccini.

This series, presents by The Geelong Chorale continues to gather singers from far and wide.  The last of this year’s series is on October 23rd, when you are invited to sing Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass.


Sing Vivaldi’s Gloria – Sunday March 20th

For the Joy of Singing the Classics: I 2016

Calling all Singers to come along and enjoy singing:

  • Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi
  • Sunday, March 20th, 2016, 2-5pm
  • St Lukes Uniting Church, Barrabool Road, Highton
  • Conductor:  Jodie Townsend, Accompanist:  Regina Thomae
  • $12 (includes music hire and afternoon tea)
  • All welcome
  • Contact Anne Pilgrim   to register.


Singing the classics Vivaldi Gloria web

Malcolm John Retrospective: Sunday 21st June

Dr. Malcolm John OAM has been a prominent musician, composer, and music teacher and  in South Australia and Victoria for many years.  This concert celebrates Malcolm John’s 80th birthday.

The concert is on Sunday 21st June, at 2:00 at St Lukes Uniting Church, Highton.

The program includes excerpts from operas and musicals, choral work, chamber music, and songs.  Much of Malcolm John’s works have been composed for groups with which Malcolm has been involved; others are commissioned pieces.  For example, The Viaduct, a one-act opera, was composed for The Theatre of the Winged Unicorn and first performed at Ceres in 2000.  This work is represented by a dramatic duet in which an overseer for the building of the Moorabool railway viaduct directs his foremen and workers to lay rocks on the exact place where he has murdered and hidden the body of the man he suspects of being his wife’s lover.  This is sung by Manfred Pohlenz and John Stubbings.

The musical Adelaide, Adelaide! was written when Malcolm was working in Adelaide.  Several excerpts are presented, Hot Steel (for male chorus), I build ships (bass soloist and chorus), Strolling by the Torrens (chorus) and duets Have you ever been to Liverpool? and We don’t care.

The program also excerpts from two works for youth choir, sung by the Geelong Youth Choir Chamber Ensemble; Fly Away Peter, for instrumental quartet and narrator, commissioned by Music at the Basilica, and first performed in May 2015; two Shakespeare songs for vocal trio, two oboe concertinos with oboist Melissa Murphy; songs sung by Manfred Pohlenz, Alison Ralph and Karen Murray; ‘Sonus’ Wind Quintet 1 & 2; Trios for violin, cello and piano and several choral songs presented by an ensemble from The Geelong Chorale and instrumentalists.

This concert is part of the Singing the Classics series.

Tickets are available at the door – $15 & $12 – includes afternoon tea.  Chorale Malcolm John 80th brochure