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Lower Clarence Community Choir are “overjoyed” to be back doing what they love. Image: Contributed.

Return of the Lower Clarence Community Choir

It is with great joy that I announce the Lower Clarence Community Choir will begin rehearsals again in March.

The scourge of Covid has stopped us singing for most of the last two years, as singing was deemed the worst thing a person could do to spread the virus. It has been a hard two years for us as we absolutely love singing together and enjoy the social aspects of being together as a group once a week.

Our choir was established in 1993, 30 years ago next year and has grown from strength to strength since then. It was a wonderful surprise for me as an enthusiastic chorister, when I retired to beautiful Yamba eleven years ago to be close to family, to discover Sister Anne’s choir in Maclean. How fortunate are we to have a musician of Sr Ann’s caliber directing us, a superb accompanist in Gwen Berman and a great organiser in Connie De Dassel our committee president for many years. All three have well deserved OAMs and have worked together, not only with the choir but with the Lower Clarence Musical Society, producing many hit shows over the years.

Singing is so good for you in so many ways. Physically it gives you great lungs and a strong abdomen, intellectually it challenges you, especially if you are singing an inner part such as alto or tenor and mentally as it allows your body to release “happy hormones.” 

No matter how tired I have been after a day at work and getting the family dinner, I come out of an hour and a half of singing, floating on air.

Over the past two years some members have left town and we would like some younger vibrant voices to renew our ranks. Please do not be shy, give it a go, do not waste your voice singing only in the shower!

We meet once a week, at 7pm on Monday nights at the Maclean Music Academy and take a break each school holidays. We try to be a little bit early to have a short catch up and to get organised with our seating and music. Do not worry if you do not know whether you are a soprano, alto, tenor or bass, we will soon let you know. We usually perform four times a year in our local area.

Ring me on 0401 385 936 for more information or encouragement.

Sue Crowley