WELCOME TO THE U3A CHOIR PAGE
The U3A Choir began in 2012, as a result of the research showing the health and social benefits of group singing. It meets in the Guild Room, in the basement of the Wesley Church, Cnr Hay and William Streets in Perth CBD. Entrance on the right hand side from William Street. It meets every Tuesday (except the first Tuesday in the month) from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm, with a refreshment break at around 11.30 am. There is no audition and visitors can attend two practices before deciding whether to join the Choir formally. There is an annual membership cost and a weekly practice fee.
Contacts: Dinah on 0408 936 737 or Alison on 0408 090 322
Activities in 2017
The U3A choir practices this year have been humming along with some new members adding to the body and the sound. We are also enjoying the novel experience of singing along to a backing track – lovely joyful melodies of yesteryear– something like a mass karaoke.
Many choristers enjoy travelling as well as singing and familiar faces are sometimes missing only to re-appear a few weeks later. One charming lady – a certain trained soprano, has been missing for months now – on a world cruise. I wonder if she’s been captured by the other passengers!
But we are also doing some serious rehearsing and are booked to give a performance at an aged care facility in Melville on 11 July.
“Sunrise, sunset, sunrise sunset, swiftly fly the days”. Those words and tune dominated my brain at night waiting for sleep to arrive and now that our recent U3A concert is over perhaps they’ll leave me alone. They are of course from a Fiddler on the Roof song – one of our items performed at the concert on Tuesday 26th September. It was an eclectic program, including classical and popular songs. We opened the afternoon with the toe tapping “Hello Dolly” and “It’s a Lovely Day Today”. Later in the classic “Panis Angelicus” and “The Chorus of the Jewish Slaves” we enjoyed some harmony singing, and finished off with a Beatles medley which brought smiles and some participation from the audience especially in “Will you still love me when I’m 94” .
Two soloists added variety to the programme, Pat from the choir giving her all with “The Laughing Song” from Die Fledermaus and visiting flautist Kaylee van Schalkwyk impressing us with her rendition of a movement from the Quantz Concerto by J Joachim. From reports the concert was thoroughly enjoyed by all.