For the past 60 years singers from the Bendigo area have gathered on Wednesday nights to challenge their minds, bodies and voices to make marvellous choral music. One member has been doing it for all those years and she doesn't look a day over 60! Competitions locally and interstate have been entered and won. Languages from English to Latin, Russian, French, German, Italian and other have been sung. Unison or eight part, accompanied or a capella - it?s all in a day?s work for members of the Chorale. The founder, Miss Mavis Webster MBE, began with her singing students who were all female. Not long after men were included to broaden the choir?s repertoire. Miss Webster led the choir, then known as Benola Choristers, for 40 years before handing the baton to local composer and now conductor of the Bendigo Symphony Orchestra - Rohan Phillips. That is when the name changed to Bendigo Chorale. Frances Monsbourgh, another well-known musician, led for nearly two years after Rohan and then in 2011 the wonderful Elena Varshavskaya arrived, fresh from Russia. Elena stretches the voices, challenges the technique and she enthuses the singers to reach for greater heights. Elena says that driving from Melbourne each week is no problem as leading the choir is a joy.
Chorale's 60th Birthday concert is on November 4,
at the Forest Street Uniting Church, Forest Street, Bendigo. The concert starts at 5pm and will reprise music, including Vivaldi's Gloria, from the eras of each conductor. Guest artists - Bendigo Youth Choir.
Entry is by donation
Would you like to join our choir?
New members are most welcome - check the Membership page.