Saturday, March 11, 2017

ST DAVID’S DAY CELEBRATIONS IN BLACKSTONE





One certainly didn’t have to know numbers in order to feel the many footprints of the Welsh migrants and their subsequent generations who for 123 years have been part of the ‘family’ at Blackstone’s United Welsh Church where on Sunday March 5th, Alexis, Margaret and members of the ESK COMMUNITY CHOIR accepted a kind invitation to lead in song at the celebration of St. David’s Day. 
With St. David being the patron Saint of Wales, even the dripping humidity of a misplaced Queensland Autumn could not detract from the keeping of customs.  Many of the Blackstone ladies looked resplendent in their traditional Welsh outfits while daffodils and leeks adorning clothing and tables were sure to have been plentiful.


A welcome to all by Secretary Kay Mathie which included a worthy tribute to the Bible Society for their 100th anniversary was followed by hymns, prayers and readings, initially spoken and sung in the beautiful Welsh language which sadly, nobody but the Welsh themselves could either understand or pronounce though there was no loss in translation when it came to its meaning at this wonderful day of celebration.   





 Delightful too in both voice and traditional dress were the men, women and children of the visiting Tongan United Church whose singing filled the church with joy during the Offering and Dedication. 




Then followed a both entertaining and poignant sermon by guest Anglican Minister, Rev. William Lambert, all these interspersed with the glorious sounds of the Esk Choir to the obvious pleasure of the congregation who, being of good Welsh stock, just love their singing. 

A fitting finale to a feast day of David was the delicious afternoon tea supplied by our hosts in the Church’s anteroom and we of the Esk Community Choir wish to sincerely thank the delightful folk of the Blackstone Uniting Welsh Church for their welcoming fellowship and wonderful hospitality.

by: Susan Walker  





Monday, February 6, 2017

TO SING ONCE MORE – A T16 REUNION





“Pining for a round of Ehre Sei Gott... Dreaming of that handsome Gypsy Rover...
Wishing you were far away on the Wings of a Dove?”
 


With such seduction only dire circumstances could have prevented any self-respecting ‘T16er’ from accepting Eric’s captivating and kind invitation to reunite and relive fond memories of our European Tour.
And so it was that on a balmy evening on Friday, February 3rd, those who were able to, gathered at 66 East Street to enjoy Eric’s hospitality in the surrounds of his delightful garden where 20 something Tourers shared a table full of enticing culinary contributions, Eric’s colourful fruity concoction, for many, fortified by the odd drop of wine and the memories made during that amazing magical musical 2016 tour.
However, a themed evening such as this devoid of "loosening up the vocal chords" would have been an evening unfinished and as the sun melted into the horizon and Eric’s blinking pathways and pebbles became an illumination to rival the stars; with Alexis poised at her music stand also singing in support of the depleted sop 1s and Margaret’s always faultless however this night futile attempts in the open air to make herself heard at the piano ,  we sang our songs with gusto and longing.   That’s the beauty of singing in this Choir...the constant striving for something more even after the last journey has ended.
By: Sue Walker



Alexis and Margaret 

Our gracious host Eric

Eric's Colourful Fruity Concoction


Joan and Leah

Linda and Sue

Jan
Moira and Peter

Roger and Roland



Brian and Marina

Alexis and Linda














Thursday, December 8, 2016

THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS - ALIVE AT THE SOMERSET CIVIC CENTRE, ESK


Santa's cheeky helpers  !!♥


By  Susan Walker                              



Twenty-six years can be a long time or a short time depending on what one is alluding to.  However, when it refers to the number of years the ESK COMMUNITY CHOIR has been bringing the sounds of Christmas to audiences in the Somerset Region, then time is of little consequence for according to many who attended this year's Family Christmas Variety Concert at the Somerset Civic Centre on Sunday December 4th, these are Concerts by a Choir which, like fine wine, just seem to improve with the years.










Concert goers packed the Auditorium to enjoy those things which touch each one of us at this time of the year; the traditions, the sights and sounds of the season, special times with family and friends and to celebrate in song with an exceptional line-up of talent.




Making their Esk Christmas Concert return were Iain Mclean's sensational 'Strings & Things' whose stirring anthems thrilled alongside the purity of sound from soprano Hettye Van Wyk and her accompanist, Mary Mosses as well as the airily dulcet tones of Sharelle Guest's  flute.  


 











 Though the Choir made a good fist of their oral Aussie style execution of ' 'Twas the Night Before Christmas', it could not collate with the brilliance of poet, Ian Mackay whose eloquence had audience members straining for more.  A showcase of exuberance and burgeoning talents, the songs sung by The Semitones never fail to put smiles on faces  as did this year's items by Adam Smith's school Choir and Band who gave a dazzling performance.



 


Exceptional was the return to the 'Phantom' stage for Choir members, Kathleen, Roger and Eric as they revived some of the 2016 memories with their  re-enactment of  'Prima Donna' and with excerpts from the beloved musical  'My Fair Lady'  the stunningly costumed Esk Ensemble was simply outstanding.



 














                               

                    

 Alongside 'Strings & Things' and the sublime accompaniment by Choir accompanist, Margaret and flautist, Suzanne, the finale was a collaboration of choral and instrumental  bringing the spirit of Christmas to concert goers through some adored Christmas Carols. Following gracious wishes for a safe and joyous Christmas conveyed by Choir Director, Alexis FitzGerald, both audience and artists converged around the colourful afternoon tea tables to celebrate the fellowship that music inspires.





 








 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


We look forward to sharing the joy of music
with you again 
in 2017