Choir

WELCOME TO THE U3A PERTH CHOIR

The U3A Choir began in 2012, after a very interesting free U3A Lecture on the results of research showing the health and social benefits of group singing. Over the years we have confirmed these benefits having made many friends ourselves within the Choir as well as seeing the benefits of providing free concerts, especially within the Aged Care Community, and the enjoyment it gives them.

Commencing 9th January 2024, last practice 17th December 2024

We welcome back Richard and would like to announce that this Choir is now full, however the new Choir, Third Age Singers have some places available, please see the details below our blurb.

We held 1 performance last year this for family and friends, held at our practice venue in Yokine on Saturday December 16th 2023 with afternoon tea provided, this was well attended, despite a very hot day around 70 people in the audience.

On December 14th we had our usual end of year lunch at the Crown Atrium, well attended and enjoyed by one and all.

We have already done a performance this year on 6th February at the U3A Open Day held at the State Library, which seems from all feedback to have been a very successful event with quite a few people signing up to join U3A on the day.

To join the Choir you must first become a member of U3A Perth and a weekly practice fee (which includes morning tea) is then required for each practice attended. The venue has free underground parking and public transport is located close by.

There is no audition or requirement to be able to read music and we encourage anyone interested to visit us and join in a couple of practices first.

If you would like more information or would like to visit please contact Dinah 0408 936 737,  jackanddinah@optusnet.com.au

Our end of year lunch revisited the Crown Atrium and was again enjoyed by everyone.

The little exposure we had this year still brought quite a few people who were eager to join our Choir, which some did, but due to space limitations we were unable to take any more.  Once again some Choristers will discontinue for various reasons and we may be able to welcome a few new members this year.

Under normal circumstances part of our ethos is to present several free concerts at Community events and Aged Care homes, unfortunately most of last year this was still not possible however we are hoping that in 2024 we may be able to perform again.

THIRD AGE SINGERS

The second U3A Perth choir, “Third Age Singers”, has been operating since 5th September 2023.

It currently has 34 choristers who are singing 40 beautiful songs this year. Our repertoire can be viewed on the U3A Perth website under “Choirs”.

As of 31st March 2024 the choir is closed to new members. From January 2025 we encourage anyone interested to visit us for two sessions first, before making a commitment to join the choir.

The Music Director, Richard Braham, also directs the first U3A choir, as well as Swan Harmony, and teaches at Trinity College. Richard aims to develop our skills, including score reading, so that we sound awesome.

We meet at Yokine Baptist Church, 50 Frape Avenue, Yokine, on Tuesday afternoons. Doors open at 1.30pm for tea and conversation, with practice from 2.00pm to 4.00pm, with a 15 minute refreshment break around 3.00pm.

Practice sessions for 2024 started on Tuesday 9th January 2024 and will end on 17th December 2024.

There are no auditions, nor are there any requirements to be able to read music (though of course that helps).

To join the choir you need to pay the choir a once off joining fee of $20 and a term fee, payable in advance, of $10 per session, times the number of weeks in the 12 to 13 week terms. Membership of U3A Perth is also required which is currently $45 per year.

For further information please contact Nigel Penfold on 04 17 710 714 or email nigelpenfold53@gmail.com.

Third Age Singers – Second Session – Hard at It

The Repertoire

Click HERE for a list of songs on the repertoire of both U3A Perth choirs.

Video Links to Third Age Singers Repertoire

Click HERE to open and click on the links to view videos on Youtube.