Waratah Male Voice Choir Concert

Presented by The Friends of St John’s Church Stroud

Information provided by Daphne Dobbyn;
“THE AFTERNOON CONCERT” to be presented by The Friends of St John’s in St John’s Church Stroud on Sunday August 3, at 2 pm will bring together in Stroud musical talent of exceptional quality. The program will range from secular to sacred from classical to comical. Not to be missed.

THE WARATAH MALE VOICE CHOIR will be conducted by Bill Willis with Wendy Church accompanying on piano, Andrew Van Homrigh ATCL, organ and Stroud talents
Christopher J. Garland and Oliver Wheeler.

BILL WILLIS , has been assistant conductor for the past six years and is currently undertaking the role of Musical Director during the absence through illness of the Choir’s permanent Musical Director, Peter Brock. Bill also conducts a smaller group of choir members, the Waratah Male Voice Warblers, who are popular in nursing homes and aged care centres in and around Newcastle.

WENDY CHURCH a very accomplished musician, has worked with a variety of choirs and musical groups in Newcastle and surrounding areas. She has been resident accompanist with the Waratah Male Voice Choir since 2009. Her talent and versatility are greatly admired and appreciated by the Choir.

ANDREW VAN HOMRIGH, ATCL, MICA Parish Organist – based at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Mayfield. Andrew, an accomplished organist and pianist, has been involved with music since his days as a choirboy at Newcastle Anglican Cathedral. Andrew was organist and Director of Music at St Augustine Anglican Church Merewether for 20 years. He is currently Organist and Music Advisor at St Andrew’s Anglican Church Mayfield. Andrew is also a well-respected teacher of music in various schools and has participated in many musical events over the years.

OLIVER WHEELER: At just 17 years of age, Stroud’s Oliver Wheeler has clocked up some serious tuba mileage, from being a foundation member of Booral’s school band at 8 years of age, to touring France, Austria, Japan and the U.S. with the Hunter Wind Ensemble over the past 7 years. He is the current Junior E Flat Tuba Champion of NSW.
Accompanying Oliver on the organ is his very proud godfather, IAN McCAHON, a graduate of Newcastle Conservatorium, who has just retired as the Director of Artistic Administration at Opera Australia to pursue more relaxing interests.

CHRISTOPHER J. GARLAND, a priest of 34 years, is a life-long keen amateur thespian. He retired from Chelmsford Diocese, UK, in 2012 and with his Australian wife Nancy, has been warmly welcomed into Stroud where he is Rector of St John’s. Chris is a keen long distance runner who has competed in the Newcastle half-marathon.
Organised by

THE FRIENDS OF ST JOHN’S STROUD raise funds to finance the restoration and conservation of the Church, Rectory and Parish Hall. On this occasion funds raised will be directed toward the replacement of the unsympathetic addition to the Parish Hall at the turn of the 19th century.

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