The Rotary Club of Corowa is sponsoring the National Boys Choir of Australia during their visit to Corowa on September 25.
The visit it part of the choir’s rural NSW tour, with their last performance in Corowa in 2011 which was very well received by the community.
The National Boys Choir of Australia was founded in 1964 and has established itself as one of Australia’s finest treble choirs.
The choir is often called on to sing with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Opera Australia and Victorian Opera with performances including Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mahler’s Third and Eighth Symphonies, Tobias’ Jonah’s Mission, Berlioz’s Damnation of Faust, Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Berlioz’s Te Deum and Britten’s War Requiem.
The choir’s busy schedule includes regular television, recording and major event appearances such as the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games opening ceremony, 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, Grand Prix, Bledisloe Cup and Carols by Candlelight at the Myer Music Bowl.
Most people also know the choir for their rendition of “I Still Call Australia Home” for Qantas, in that very successful advertising campaign.
The choir has toured internationally on 14 occasions with destinations including the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Japan, the US, Taiwan, the Philippines and China, giving performances in venues ranging from Disneyland in three countries to St Peter’s in Rome.
Co-Artistic Director Peter Casey said the choir tours every year and attempts to cover as much of Australia and overseas as is feasibly possible.
“Since our last visit to regional NSW and Victoria, boys have toured New Zealand twice, Tasmania, Far North Queensland and the south west corner of WA,” he said.
“We have been up, down and around the coast many times over the years, but this year we wanted to bring our performance to other areas of the two states as we did in 2011.
“The choristers love to get out into the country where they can meet locals and experience what our regional towns and cities have to offer.
“These tours also give the boys an opportunity to experience life away from the major cities.”
The choir is made up of about 200 boys aged between seven and 15, commencing with a two-year training period before moving into the performing choir.
The Corowa performance will involve 42 boys on stage.
Host families wanted
The Rotary Club is also looking for host families to take two boys for the night of September 25.
If you are interested in hosting, please call Meredith Miegel on 0417 246 546 for more details.
The choir will perform at the Corowa Memorial Hall on September 25, from 7.30pm and entry is by gold coin donation.