The Highland Singers prepare for their 30th anniversary concert

The Highland Singers have been rehearsing their voices for the 30th anniversary concert in June. 

Elaine Jennings commenced a small singing group in her home on May 18, 1988.

The group consisted of sopranos Joy McDonald and Helga Wellings and herself as an accompanist.

They were joined by five additional members the following week – one tenor, two altos, a bass and conductor Dorothy Large.

The first concert recorded was at a Christmas party in December 1998 for the National Trust in Berrima.

The singers performed a concert entitled A Pleasant Sunday Afternoon, consisting mainly of sacred songs, at Sutton Forest’s All Saints Anglican Church on July 9, 1989.

The Highland Singers have continuously donated their time to the community over the years.

Proceeds raised from the concerts are distributed to various charities across the Southern Highlands.

Money has been donated to National Trust, Red Cross, The Southern Highlands branch of the Epilepsy Association and Can Assist Southern Highlands.

The direction of the choir was taken over by June Collins in 1992 after Dorothy Large passed away.

June had been a member of the choir from 1990. 

Under her direction and skill at arranging music, the presentations increased.

The choir was performing more than 20 times a year by 2001 and their repertoire increased to include songs from shows, musicals, classical, spiritual and contemporary.

The highlight of 2000 for the choir was singing at the Olympic Torch Relay Celebration at Bradman Oval.

When June retired as conductor, she was succeeded by Margaret Martin who still sung in the choir as soprano.

John D’Arcy is The Highland Singers conductor at present.

The pianist is Rhonda Langford who played for the choir back in 1993 for a concert at the Moss Vale Uniting Church.

The choir sings at nursing homes throughout the Wingecarribee Shire, performs two major concerts a year and sings at Corbett Gardens during Tulip Time.

Invitations have been extended to all past members to be guests at The Highland Singers 30th anniversary concert on June 9 at the Bowral Memorial Hall, Bendooley Street at 2pm. 

As is their custom, an afternoon tea will be served at the conclusion.

Call secretary Rosalind Beatty on 4869 2942 if you would like to become a guest.

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