Last term we farewelled our Director Lynne Bentley who has been with us for three years. Lynne’s life is an extremely busy one especially as President of the Llewellyn Choir. As this commitment draws to a close, she has decided to look to a future that is a little less hectic. Spoiling her grandchildren and months of discovering the delights of Europe with her husband Noel being on her new agenda!
Lynne has been very generous during her time with us and our collective sound has improved enormously under her tuition. Our repertoire has been enriched with some beautiful and varied songs she has introduced which we will continue to enjoy singing.
We thank Lynne for her contribution to our growth as a choir and we wish her much happiness along the road less travelled! And we hope that she drops in for the occasional ‘Legato Lunch’.
Fourth Birthday Celebrations
An Early Birthday Present
Our Birthday week celebrations began when two of our ‘Kathy’s’ (one with a K and one with a C) were our representatives at the Canberra Southern Cross Club Community Grant Distribution Luncheon.
Our sincere thanks go to the Club as we were again one of the lucky 89 recipients to receive funding. To be included among so many hardworking organisations is very humbling and their generosity will enable us to purchase microphones for both our rehearsals and our performances.
An official and unofficial photo of our two ‘Kathys’ with Joy Burch doing the honours this year
Time for Cake!
We have been singing Happy Birthday to Canberra all year as part of the many Centenary Celebrations but now it was time to sing it to ourselves!
Our regular Legato Lunch became a ‘calorie chow down’ as we munched though the yummy treats that everyone had contributed. The candles were extinguished in the normal fashion and we are on way to half a decade!
And they said we would never last!
Four candles – well on our
way to our first century!
We sang our own musical homage to Canberra with songs celebrating our multicultural Community, our history and our landmarks. Our audience were encouraged to join us during the performance and they did so with gusto!
A fitting way to end our fourth year of highlighting the benefits and joy of singing!
An Unforgettable Evening
19th May 2013
As a community choir, we don’t often perform outside our demographic but the friendly invitation from AIDS Action Council to participate in the Candlelight Memorial was one we could not refuse.
The venue was the Gandel Hall at the National Gallery. An impressive space not only because of its acoustical value but for the vista beyond the full length windows. We were asked to sing African songs and sang following a heartfelt speech about AIDS in Africa from Her Excellency Ms Koleka Mqulwana, the South African High Commissioner. Our choice of three songs included the South African Hymn Siyahumba which brought smiles of recognition from Ms Mqulwana as the poignant quilt images were projected on a screen behind us. The evening unfolded with stories of personal journeys; the highly celebrated ‘Qwire’ voices filled the room with their beautiful clear sound and the cold night air was braved as everyone placed a candle in remembrance.
An evening that was an honour to share and one that none of us will forget.
Our party mood continued during the first term and we took every opportunity to be involved in celebrating the centenary.
The Musical Offering
A gift from the community to honour Canberra’s one-hundredth birthday and organised by local musical identities, it part of the official Celebrations Program. It can take place wherever you are, appearing in different musical guises every day during Canberra’s centenary year.
Having thrown our collective hat in the ring, our first ‘offering’ was at St Andrew’s retirement village. Complete with the official banner and Don Aiken’s presence, our performance was greatly enhanced by not only our ‘individual’ party hats, but by our stirring rendition of ‘Canberra’s Calling to You!’ Robyn Archer will be pleased! Bit of fun with the odd chuckle coming from our audience.
55 Plus Club’s Social Sunday
This time the celebration was on our own doorstep at the Tuggeranong Seniors Centre, when Canberra’s Centenary took centre stage at a 55 Plus Club function. We repeated our Birthday program both with sparkly hats and 1930’s repertoire. Our ‘piece da resistance’ however, was the ‘12 months of Centenary’ song. Audience participation was essential and they did not let us down with almost everyone joining in. El Presidente, John Hargreaves lead the champagne toast and ‘our’ Glenys did the honours with the cutting of the specially made Canberra Birthday Cake (she was the only one in the room born in Canberra!). A very pleasant end to a somewhat hectic term!
‘Find your Voice’ Open Morning
It is daunting to join in with any established group but we were fortunate to have five guests spend the morning with us.
Keeping with the centenary celebrations, we took up the challenge thrown down by Robyn Archer, creative director of our birthday’s festivities and we learnt the 1930’s song by Jack Lumsdaine, ‘Canberra’s Calling to You’.
Music has changed a little since the thirties and there was more laughter than singing at one point! The morning was a relaxed and convivial one with a luscious morning tea being provided by many of our group.
This was the first time we have been involved in the activities program and as it was a fun morning, it is one that will be repeated.
Happy 100 birthday, Canberra!
We had the opportunity to share in the Centenary Celebrations at one of Canberra’s Birthday Bashes at the Hughes Shops on the actual day, Tuesday 12th March. An initiative by the owners of the Hughes 201 Degrees Bakery, local suburban shopping centres from all over Canberra were encouraged to be involved in the territory’s biggest party.
Cakes were cut and champagne corks popped in many suburbs to the sound of entertainment from singing groups, classical musicians and groovy local bands. Plus those disgustingly nibble acrobats who tumbled and rolled to the delight of the small crowd.
It was great fun and an excellent way to wish our Nation’s Capital and our home a very
And we couldn’t resist a photo opportunity with Hughes’ famous ‘Shopper’!