IN 2018 the Joubert Singers have been singing together as Hunters Hill’s community choir for 25 years.
The Joubert Singers began in 1993 as a group of local singers and over the last quarter century evolved into a vocal ensemble attracting singers and audiences from Sydney and beyond to experience the joy of sharing great music from around the world and across the centuries.
The choir took its name from the brothers Jules and Didier Joubert, who established the district as one of Australia’s first residential suburbs, building some of its most beautiful sandstone historic edifices, and serving as its first mayor and liquor merchant.
The Joubert Singers Choir has since interwoven itself into Hunters Hill’s history, commissioning and performing works about the locality, participating in its sesquicentenary celebrations, and in the protests to save Hunters Hill from the recent threatened council merger.
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WITH A focus on music by the great choral composers such as Mozart, the Haydn brothers, Vivaldi and Bach, the choir also celebrates its heritage with numerous French choral works including by Poulenc, Fauré and Charpentier.
We are particularly fortunate to have had the brilliant and inspiring Rachelle Elliott as Artistic Director for the last 15 years.
The three concerts this year will present the different styles of music sung by the choir: religious and secular music from different countries, with an emphasis on French and Scandinavian music; modern music, including very recent Australian and Icelandic works, and popular and more exotic carols in our annual Christmas concert.
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THE FIRST Silver Anniversary concert titled Belles Voix will be held on Sunday May 27 in Gladesville-Boronia Park Uniting Church at 2.30pm.
This concert showcases the choir’s affinity with French music, with two works by Gabriel Fauré, some French chansons and part-songs. It also will present some 21st century Australian works including an Australian premiere of Heather Percy’s The Garden of Love.
The acclaimed harpist Verna Lee will also perform a solo recital as our special guest.
Verna is a local musician with an international reputation, who has played with orchestras such as the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony and Tasmanian Symphony orchestras.
She played the harp for the movie The Matrix, and has even played in the Sydney Harbour Tunnel.
At this concert she will play music on the triple harp as well as the full harp.
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IN SEPTEMBER’S Silver Jubilee Concert, the choir will sing the Vespers Solemnes de Confessore K339 by Mozart and some Nordic choral music, a choir and audience favourite.
The choir’s tradition of Christmas concerts continues this year, focusing on Australian Christmas carols and JS Bach’s Jesu meine Freude.
The choir is delighted to welcome new members, and although sight reading is an advantage, it is not required.
If you would like to attend the concert, or find out more about the choir, visit the Joubert Singers’ website: www.joubertsingers.org.au or contact Mark Allerton for more details on 0402 890 799.
- MARK ALLERTON is a tenor with the Joubert Singers’ Choir