AUSTRALIAN WELSH MALE CHOIR

AUSTRALIAN WELSH MALE CHOIR

Information current as at AUGUST 2016

 

CONTACT DETAILS

PO BOX 42, FRANKSTON VIC 3199

Noel Moore, Secretary; Email: secretary@auswelshmalechoir.org.au

(03) 9781 2819 (AH) or 0425 725 525

Choir's Email Address: awmc@auswelshmalechoir.org.au

Choir's Website: www.auswelshmalechoir.org.au

 

DETAILS ABOUT THE CHOIR

Vision statement / Artistic goals: To perpetuate the tradition of Welsh, male, four-part vocal performance; the Choir is located on the Mornington Peninsula

Voice type: All Male Singers

Choir performs: Mainly accompanied

Year Choir formed: 1973

No. of Singing Members - Currently: 60 Desired: 60

Musical Repertoire: Traditional Welsh music in 4-part harmony, sung in both Welsh and English; also a variety of modern and gospel music; about 25% of concert music is normally Welsh

Musical Director: Tom Buchanan, BMus(Hons); Accompanist: Heather Wickes, BEd

No. of years in current post: since 2015

Previous musical experience: Tom Buchanan also conducts the Australian Welsh Male Choir and Excelsis Choir; he is also an experienced and award winning concert pianist, chamber musician and accompanist; in recent years he has given performances around Australia and internationally in New Zealand, Indonesia, the Philippines, England, Wales and Ireland; Tom teaches piano at some of Melbourne's prestigious schools and is also a published choral composer and arranger

Choir's past collaborations with other musical groups: Victoria Police Pipe Band, Millennium Festival of Massed Male Choirs (Cardiff, 2000), appearances At Royal Albert Hall UK, several appearances on various Australian television programs, concert appearances with Tom Jones and Max Boyce

 

JOINING REQUIREMENTS

Audition: Yes - an informal vocal test

Minimum Attendance policy - Rehearsals: Yes Concerts: Yes

Membership Fees: $130 p.a.

Ability to read music: Desirable, but not essential

Sight-reading ability: Not necessary - gained on the job!

 

REHEARSAL ARRANGEMENTS

Av. No. of rehearsals/week: 1, + 1 sectional rehearsal per fortnight

Usual rehearsal night(s): Monday and Thursday

Suburb: Frankston South

Rehearsal venue: Village Baxter, Robinsons Rd

Off-street parking: Yes

 

PERFORMANCES

Performance Apparel: Navy blazer with badge, red choir tie, grey trousers, white shirt, black shoes

Av. No. of Concert Programs/year: 12

Av. No. of Performances/year: 12

Sample of the Choir's past Concert Venues: Cardiff International Arena, Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Concert Hall, Dallas Brooks Hall, Frankston Cultural Centre, George Jenkins Theatre, Police Academy, various churches and public halls; tours of Wales, UK and Tasmania in recent years

Examples of musical pieces performed: Traditional Welsh songs - Cwm Rhondda, Gwahoddiad, Calon Lan, Pantyfedwen; American spirituals - Little Innocent Lamb, An American Trilogy, Modern songs - Softly As I Leave You, You Raise Me Up, There is Nothing Like A Dame

Touring: Yes - Melbourne Metro Area/Regional Victoria/Interstate/Overseas

 

CHOIR'S ADMINISTRATION

Administration / Governance arrangements for the Choir: The Choir is an incorporated, not-for-profit organisation; office-bearers are: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary

Types of Committees: Executive, Concert

 

MUSIC LIBRARY

Own collection of music scores: Yes

Available for hire to other groups: No

 

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