Maroondah Singers Annual Concert – Sunday October 12 2014

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Sing like there’s no tomorrow


  • A special song by contemporary Melbourne composer, Kate Sadler.
  • Works from contemporary composer Mary MacDonald from Tenneesee.
  • A stunningly beautiful work by award-winning Julliard-educated Ola Gjeilo.
  • Various always-popular jazz standards.
  • Stirring songs from musicals.
  • Featuring the amazing talents of our vocal soloist Stephen Coutts.
  • Dr John Atwell will surprise and delight with two solos.
  • The highly entertaining special guests Ukelele Kollective.
  • Something for everyone!

Bookings are now open and will fill quickly.

Book here: Karralyka Centre Ringwood.

Our Annual Concert on Sunday the 12th October 2014 at the Karralyka Theatre takes its title from a lively, uplifting song by a contemporary Melbourne composer, Kathryn Sadler, one of her many popular Kate songs. Kate Sadler’s energy and influence with singers and choirs alike greatly assists the creation of a unique Australian voice. She is always in great demand for workshops by choirs and soloists alike.  Maroondah Singers are proud in presenting her song in their program.

Another female contemporary composer also features: Mary MacDonald hails from Tenneesee, USA. Mary is a prolific sacred choral music composer and arranger and her works are celebrated worldwide. Be Still my Soul or Hymn of Peace which the choir is singing is her particular favourite. This lovely work is paired with Deep Peace by Bill Douglas, a Canadian, also a contemporary, to create a quiet contemplative place in the latter half of the program.

We are also featuring a stunningly beautiful work by Ola Gjeilo (pronounced Yay-lo) called The Ground. Ola was born in Norway in 1978 and moved to the Julliard School in New York City to study composition in 2001. His choral works have received numerous awards . The Ground is one of the songs in the Phoenix Chorale’s “Northern Lights: Choral Works by Ola Gjeilo” which was named Best Classical Vocal Album of the Year on iTunes’ Best of 2012.

In between times there are the usual array of jazz standards (Don’t get around much anymore, The way you look tonight), folk (Gonna build a mountain, He ain’t heavy) and numbers from Musicals including the rousing Anthem from Chess which will showcase the talents of our vocal soloist Stephen Coutts with the choir providing the background chorus. Stephen will also perform two other solos. In addition to his herculean efforts at the piano with the accompaniment for our songs – Vivaldi’s Gloria, Rossini’s Kyrie & Verdi’s Hebrew Chorus are particularly notable – John Atwell will surprise and delight with two other solos.

Our other guest artists for the afternoon will be the highly entertaining Ukelele Kollective who will round out our program and amuse everyone with their antics as they sing and play songs of many styles – Hawaiian, Jazz, Vaudeville, Country and Blues to name but a few.

Our program runs the full spectrum from the lively and joyous to the quietly contemplative and deeply moving close harmonies of some of the most beautiful choral pieces the choir has ever sung. The Maroondah Singers have a saying: “Music is what feelings sound like” and indeed this is what this program gives us and our audience in spades! . The songs span time, space and musical genres. They plumb the breadth and depth of emotion.

You will leave uplifted with hearts and minds singing. Sing from the heart just sing, Sing joy to everything!

Bookings are now open and will fill quickly.

Book here: Karralyka Centre Ringwood.