WINTHROP SINGERS CEL­E­BRATE 10 YEARS

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Weekly Life - Sara Fitz­patrick

NICHOLAS Ban­nan is proud to have pro­vided a piece of Perth cul­ture with his Winthrop Singers choir.

He founded the group at UWA 10 years ago.

“Any mem­ber of the pub­lic can go into St Ge­orge’s Col­lege into the chapel at 6pm on any Thurs­day while we’re in term time and hear the fruits of the labour of these stu­dents,” he said.

“We don’t ex­pect ap­plause or money; we’re just do­ing that thing we be­lieve we do well so that peo­ple can en­joy it. Some­times we have very few peo­ple there, some­times a lot more – 30, 40, 90.”

The choir will cel­e­brate its an­niver­sary this month with a per­for­mance along­side Pipe Or­gan Plus.

Past and present mem­bers will sing, tak­ing the usual group num­ber of 26 to about 60.

“The high­light of running the choir for me has been the for­ma­tion of a kind of com­mu­nity, ev­i­dent in the fact that so many want to come back for this con­cert,” Ban­nan said.

“Part of the way we have achieved that is to build the team­work that has been nec­es­sary for mem­bers to per­form about 50 times a year, once a week or more.

“We do a lot of tour­ing as well. We’ve been to China, Sin­ga­pore, Ger­ald­ton, Al­bany, Kal­go­or­lie and Bun­bury and have per­formed and made CDS in New Nor­cia.

“It is quite an in­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence only pos­si­ble when you have a sense of loy­alty and mu­tual sup­port and that’s what I as­so­ciate most with the choir – it’s a big fam­ily.”

When Ban­nan came to work at the uni­ver­sity in 2006, choral ac­tiv­ity was min­i­mal.

“I was work­ing in mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion and was some­what shocked to re­alise that a lot of the fu­ture mu­sic teach­ers had never sung in a choir de­spite do­ing a de­gree for three years be­fore that,” he said.

“So we now have five choirs at UWA and Winthrop was the first one that I formed.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d466263

Choir di­rec­tor Nicholas Ban­nan with singers (L-R) Holly Broad­bent, Brock Stan­nard-brown and Ais­han Chad­wick­s­tumpf.

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