Bendigo Chorale is a Community Choir which was formed 56 years ago by Mavis Webster. This choir sang under the name of Benola Singers for 40 years and then changed its name to Bendigo Chorale at the time of Mavis’ retirement. During the years of Mavis’ leadership the Choir not only provided fine choral performances within this City, but won significant awards in Australia-wide choral competitions.
During these years Mavis, a teacher of singing, was also the classroom singing teacher at Girton College and the conductor of Girton College choirs. These choirs also achieved many successes in various choral competitions within Victoria.
At the time of her death, the Bendigo Chorale established an annual singing prize in her memory and it is awarded to a senior secondary school student who shows vocal potential. This award now rotates between the three Senior Secondary schools in Bendigo.