High Praise for Concert by Maroondah Singers

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Brian Krahnert is the past organist at the church and a well known name in musical circles.

He made a special effort to attend the concert to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the church and organ. These are his comments on our 30th March, 2014 concert entitled A Wonderful Day Like Today. 

The Maroondah Singers have a long and distinguished history of choral music-making in Melbourne and beyond – 46 years in fact. In this concert, selected and directed by Lyn Henshall, a most varied programme was designed to cover the 125 years of the present Auburn Uniting Church building, which is being celebrated throughout this year. The audience was delighted to share the lighter and most tuneful repertoire from the end of the 19th Century, and covering the two world wars, together with selections from the musicals of more recent times, many of which were well within the living memory of those present.

Associate artists were Michael Petruccelli, a most promising young tenor on the threshold of a professional career in the world of opera and oratorio; and John Atwell, one of Australia’s most distinguished organists, who accompanied with sensitivity and close rapport with the choir, as well as providing two splendid organ solos, including the Prelude to a Te Deum by Charpentier.

The organ sounded with clarity of registration and meticulous articulation. Michael gave a most polished performance of music selected from his extensive repertoire of operatic arias – always controlled, with disciplined intonation and sensitive interpretation.

As always, the Maroondah Singers provided a wide range of musical styles with music that had wide appeal to the very appreciative audience, and with evidence of careful preparation. Not many choirs are able to present a programme in excess of an hour’s duration entirely from memory. But the hard work involved more than repays the effort. The choir is able to look directly at the conductor, and give total concentration that results in an inspiring performance and the complete involvement of the audience.