WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: The Singleton Singers on Saturday night with their trophy – Sarah Lukeman (conductor), Royston George, Ernie Kingdom, John Gray, Fay Gray, Sharon Schilling, Lois Flannery, Dorothy Kingdom, Mary Saunders, Dianne Daley, Louise Towart and Leah Adamthwaite. Absent: Accompanist Teresa GrayTHE Singleton Singers were awarded first place in the Mixed Church or Community Choir – Open Age section of the Muswellbrook & Upper Hunter Eisteddfod on Saturday night.
The Showcase Evening was held in the Atherstone Room in the newly-renovated Campbell’s Corner in Muswellbrook.
There was stiff competition from the Scone Singers and the Muswellbrook & Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music Choir.
This is the third year the choir has competed in the eisteddfod – and is their best result.
Conductor and musical director Sarah Lukeman believes their success is due to a workshop with a visiting conductor earlier in the year, plus the hours of practice put in by each singer.
“Learning a piece of music by heart takes commitment, but enables a connection between the conductor and choir that really lifts a performance,” she said.
“This was noted by the adjudicator, Anthea Harrington.”
The Singleton Singers performed the traditional spiritual Wade in the Water and The Rose of No-Man’s Land, which honours Red Cross nurses.
The latter was arranged especially for the Singleton Singers by Sarah Lukeman and Kerrie Melamed.
As always, the choir was accompanied by the talented Teresa Gray.
“We could not perform without her and appreciate her fitting us into her busy schedule,” Ms Lukeman said.
“I also personally value the technical advice and support provided by both Teresa and Kerrie.”
The Singleton Singers rehearse Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm at the Salvation Army Hall in York Street.
New members of all ages and experience are always welcome to join them.
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