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New singers welcome!

Singing: 7:15 Tuesday evenings
PAG Room, former Banksia Lodge, Jones St., Foster

SSG logo 16 c ScriptThe Prom Coast Singers hosted Sing South Gippsland 2 on the first weekend in September with the acclaimed Richard Gill as musical director.
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The event drew five Gippsland choirs and over 100 singers together for choral workshops and performances by individual choirs and massed singing.
The Bass Coast Chorale, Yallourn Madrigal Singers,  West Gippsland Chorale and Bec’s Bonny Boners joined with the Pro Coast Singers for the festival.
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Closer to the end of the year, for the Prom Coast Singers will be singing at the Foster Community Carols by Candlelight.

 

PCS 145448The Prom Coast Singers sang at the Fish Creek Tea Cosy Festival on May 21 2016 where they presented songs by Cole Porter, Andrew Lloyd Webber and John Kander & Fred Ebb.

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Join our friendly community choir. New singers welcome!
Rehearsals: 7:15 Tuesday evenings

You are invited to join in this fun and music making.
If you ever sing around the house, in the shower, in the car, perhaps while listening to your favourite music, here is your chance to put your impromptu efforts to good use, have fun and meet new people with similar interests.

The Prom Coast Singers are looking for new voices to swell their ranks.
Whether you are an experienced chorister, a closet singer or someone seeking fun and friendship you will be made most welcome.
We need more singers of all denominations but particularly sopranos and basses.

The choir’s Musical Director, Claudene-Marie Adams, is a phenomenal violinist and voice teacher.
Her studies at the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music include specialisation in Renaissance and baroque singing under the direction of Richard Gill. This has provided her with an amazing array of teaching techniques to enhance the singing skills of each choir participant.
Claudene-Marie  presents the choir with an interesting variety of musical experiences and also encourages development of vocal range, personal engagement, movement, music reading skills and interpretation of music.

Song styles range from classical through to modern day with jazz, gospel, musicals and operetta among the mix.
Rehearsals are designed to be sociable and fun, challenging vocally and spiritually uplifting as the Prom Coast Singers work towards future projects.

New choir members are warmly invited to join the Prom Coast Singers for weekly rehearsals on Tuesday evening in the PAG Room in the former Banksia Lodge, Jones Street, Foster.
Come at 7.15 ready to warm up the vocal cords from 7.30.
Participation is $6 per rehearsal.

Being a community choir, there are no auditions to join the Prom Coast Singers although Claudene-Marie will want to hear you sing so she can place you in the best section of the choir for your voice.

For more information about the Prom Coast Singers contact: 
Andrew Jamieson
via 5683 2683 or acjammo @ ozemail.com.au

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Claudene-Marie Adams violinist and choral director
Photo by Robert Paragreen

The rebirth of the Prom Coast Singers has been made possible because we have secured the services of talented musician, Claudene-Marie Adams, as our musical director.

Claudene-Marie is a phenomenal violinist and voice teacher who was accepted into the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music at just 15 years of age.

She studied violin and voice and earned the Most Outstanding Performance Award in her Diploma of Performing Arts and Bachelor of Music courses.  Later she specialised in Renaissance and Baroque singing under the direction of Richard Gill.

In 2009 Claudene-Marie was living in South Gippsland when FAMDA staged the musical, Into the Woods.  She played the Baker’s Wife, winning the Gippsland Associated Theatre award for the most outstanding lead female in the process.

She also sang with the Prom Coast Singers and ran stimulating rehearsals for some of the voice groups.

 

On 22nd July 2014, after a fairly long break, the  Prom Coast Singers resumed singing on Tuesday evenings at the Anglican Church Hall, Foster with Claudene-Marie as their musical director.

The immediate project was preparation for a wonderful major work composed by Larry Hills to commemorate the Anzac Centenary to be performed in public in April 2015 in Wonthaggi, Leongatha and Foster.

The Prom Coast Singers sang the cantata, entitled They Went With Songs, together with the Bass Coast Chorale (Wonthaggi), the South Gippsland Singers (Leongatha) and a ‘soldiers chorus’  accompanied by an orchestra conducted by Larry.

 

Sing South Gippsland2! Choral Fest

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Two days of workshops with Richard Gill for singers from Gippsland choirs including concert performances.

SSG2 316 m GillRichard Gill, AO, Founding Music Director and Conductor Emeritus of Victorian Opera, is one of Australia’s pre-eminent and most admired conductors specialising in opera, musical theatre and vocal and choral training and is internationally respected as a music educator. His work in developing young musicians is recognised world-wide. Richard has been Artistic Director of the Education Program for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of OzOpera, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, and is currently Artistic Advisor for the Musica Viva Education program and Music Director of Sydney Chamber Choir.
He has held several other important posts including Dean of the West Australian Conservatorium of Music (1985-1990) where Prom Coast Singers’ MD, Claudene-Marie Adams, was one of his inspired students.

SSG2 329 m CarmelAt the invitation of the Prom Coast Singers, Richard conducted choral workshops for over 100 singers from Gippsland choirs plus some independent singers.

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SSG2 361 m RosserAfter the final concert of the SingSouthGippsland2! Choral Festival Prom Coast Singers’ chairman, Andrew Jamieson, was on hand as Celia Rosser presented a delighted Richard Gill with a framed print of one of her iconic banksia paintings.

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Many will remember the first Sing South Gippsland! with charismatic composer / conductor Stephen Leek bringing together five Gippsland choirs and over 100 singers for choral workshops and performances by individual choirs and massed singing.

The same highly successful format was followed this year with each choir presenting its own program and also a song rehearsed by all choirs and sung jointly.

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Photos by Robert Paragreen

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THE SINGERS ARE CURRENTLY IN RECESS

Traditional Rehearsal Time
7:30  Tuesdays
PAG Room, Former Banksia Lodge
Jones Street, Foster

HEARSALS  RESUME
TUESDAY 1

Interested in joining the Prom Coast Singers or for answers to any questions?

Please phone: .Andrew Jamieson – 5683 2683….

A DECADE OF MUSIC MAKING  1998 – 2008

In November 1997, FAMDA staged a highly successful production of the Broadway musical, Annie, with Neil Goodwin as director and Paddy Broberg as the musical director.

The next year several of the Annie cast members found they really missed the fun and camaraderie of the rehearsal and performance process. Their frustration got the better of them and they besieged Paddy with requests to let them sing again and, one evening in April 1998, eight former members of the Annie cast and crew met at Foster Primary School for the first sing-along of what was to become the Prom Coast Singers.

Under the umbrella of FAMDA with the guidance of Paddy Broberg, the Singers’ initial performances were in conjunction with community carols in Foster and Toora and singing for the residents of Banksia Lodge and Rose Lodge, Wonthaggi. It was not until Sunday 15 October 2000 that the choir presented its first paid performance in the form of a benefit concert held at the FWMAC in aid of the South Gippsland Hospital and Toora Nursing Home Auxiliaries.

The Singers’ December 2001 project was an impressive performance of Benjamin Britten’s
A Ceremony of Carols in Christ Church Foster.

In July 2003 the choir combined with the South Gippsland Wind Orchestra to present mid-winter concerts at the Dakers Centre in Leongatha as well as the Foster Arts Centre with PCS performing Carmina Burana. This dramatic work was revisited in October when the South Gippsland Singers combined with PCS for a concert in Mesley Hall Leongatha as part of the world-wide choral phenomenon, Voices for Hospices and it was on the program again for the very special 10th Anniversary Concert – 17 August 2008.

Essence of Folk was the title for the program presented by the Singers in 2004. The choir performed in Poowong and Glen Alvie and the next week, on 27 June, they shared the stage with the Bec Bone Singers back in Foster at the FWMAC.

Fauré’s Requiem and Borodin’s Polovtsienne Dances were on the bill when PCS sang in the Foster Anglican Church on 15 May 2005. The following weekend they sang those works in concerts with the South Gippsland Singers and the Korumburra Primary School Choir at Mesley Hall and the Inverloch Community Centre.

The 2005 Voices for Hospices concert had Prom Coast Singers combining with the South Gippsland Singers and the Warragul Chorale for a concert showcasing each choir and featuring music specially composed by Larry Hills for all three choirs.

In the 2007 SeaChange Festival, the Prom Coast Singers demonstrated the diversity of their repertoire in a concert billed as From Pop to Op(era) and sang to Paddy Broberg’s original music in the exciting multi-media Fire Up! project.
Later that year several of the singers were involved on stage in FAMDA’s proruction of The Producers  and others acted as pit singers.

The Singers have also performed at the Mossvale Park Music for the People concert.
In between times there have been many happy nights of rehearsals with the challenge of learning to sing the right notes and the right words whether they be in English, African, French, German, Italian or Latin.
They have sung at community carols, Australia Day ceremonies, funerals and in FAMDA shows and thoroughly enjoyed the music-making experience under Paddy’s inspirational guidance.

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2009 projects included the multi-arts spectacular,  Promontory Dreaming, contributing to FAMDA’s production of Into the Woods and singing in community carols at Christmas.

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In 2011 the Prom Coast Singers hosted Sing South Gippsland with other Gippsland choirs and Stephen Leek as our special guests.

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The Prom Coast Singers Reunion Choir reassembled in 2013 for FAMDA’s Diamond Anniversary to perform in two concerts.

Prom Coast Singers on Sunday – Backrow: Peter McAlpine, Jon Wathen, Rodney Sharp, Andrew Jamieson, Michael Strong, Arie Bos, Brian Hoskins, Edwin Coad
Centre: Ruth Carson, Dianne Paragreen, Barbara Partridge
Front:: Fran Allottt, Shirley Wilson, Fleur Wheeler, Jennifer Paragreen, Pamela Coad, Ros Wathen, Lyn Jamieson, Kate Woodward & Anne Roussac-Hoyne

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10th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT – 17 August 2008

Director: Paddy Broberg
Accompanists: Barbara Fleming & Kerry Pritchard
Sopranos: Fran Allott, Verna Anderson, Rhonda Bland, Pamela Coad, Sue Dower, Ellen Fabel, Michelle Gale, Jeannette King, Jennifer Paragreen, Pamela Park, Nerissa Richter, Fleur Wheeler, Shirley Wilson.

Tenors: Peter Bell, Neil Chandler, Dick Straw, Jon Wathen.

Altos: Ruth Carson, Pat Doran, Lyn Jamieson, Bev Nicoll, Dianne Paragreen, Barbara Partridge, Viv Reid, Anne Roussac Hoyne, Ros Wathen, Kate Woodward.

Baritones / Basses: Arie Bos, Edwin Coad, Geoff Davey, Brian Hoskins, Andrew Jamieson, John Laurie, Phil Nightingall.

THE PROM COAST SINGERS’ – first paid performance

The first paid performance was presented on Sunday 15 October 2000 at the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre.

The singers at this performance were: Fran Allott, Verna Anderson, Judy Barnard, Rhonda Bland, Arie Bos, Stacey Coates, Geoff Davey, Stephanie Deutschbein, Eric Envy, Rose Fyfe, David Hutton, John Hutton, Cheryl Kane, Robert Liley, Darcy Murphy, Phil Nightingall, Dianne Paragreen, Jennifer Paragreen, Barbara Partridge, Amanda Richter, Chris Richter, Anne Roussac-Hoyne, Rodney Sharp, Colleen Smith, Kiarna Smith, Marina Sparkes, Dick Straw and Fleur Wheeler with Barbara Fleming as the accompanist.

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PROM COAST SINGERS & MUSICIANS 1998 – 2011

Fran Allott, Hailey Anderson, Verna Anderson +, Tony Bacon, Sally Baldwin, Judy Barnard, Peter Bell, Tania Bird, Rhonda Bland, Heather Bligh, Arie Bos, Paddy Broberg, Sandra Brown, Ruth Carson, Neil Chandler, Raylene Clymo, Edwin Coad, Pamela Coad, Stacey Coates, Maureen Collins, Murray Dale, Geoff Davey, Wendy Davidson, Jenny Davies, Frank Deane, Jennie Deane, Stephanie Deutschbein, Pat Doran, Louise Dower, Patrick Dower, Sue Dower, Bindi Dunstan, Raymond Dunstan, Ingrid Eddy, Rob Ellis, Eric Envy +, Isabella Envy, Gareth Evens, Ellen Fabel, Jan Fell, Peter Fell, Barbara Fleming, John Fleming, Trish Fleming, Pat Fraser, Lorraine Froiland, Rose Fyfe, Michelle Gale, Larry Giddy, Fran Grimes, Liz Hall, Marg Haycroft, Larry Hills, Brian Hoskins, Barbara Hutton, David Hutton +, John Hutton, Andrew Jamieson, Lyn Jamieson, John Kahsnitz, Cheryl Kane, Jeannette King, Val Latham, John Laurie, Rob Liley, Chris Lines, Amber Loader, Benita Loader, Mary Lucy, Josephine MacKenzie, Lesley Mackin, Annette Marshall, Gene Marshall, Shirley Marshall, Peter McAlpine, Lyn McClelland, Denis McGrath, Anne Medlyn, Tania Mitchell, Wayne Moloney, Sharon Monk, Jean Moore, Darcy Murphy, Duncan Neil, Bev Nicoll, Phil Nightingall, Belle Nunn, Denise O’Keefe, Dianne Paragreen, Jennifer Paragreen, Pamela Park, Barbara Partridge, Charles Pearce, Ros Pearce, Deb Peck, Lorraine Pratley, Kerry Pritchard, Leona Prue, John Rees, Viv Reid, Amanda Richter, Chris Richter, Nerissa Richter, Geoff Robson, Andrew Rosser, Anne Roussac-Hoyne, Wilma Scheerle, Rodney Sharp, Carmel Slater, Colleen Smith, Elaine Smith, Peter Snell, Phoebe Snell, Tina Snell, Marina Sparkes +, Andrew Stacey, Kim Stacey, Kathleen Stack, Hannah Stellard, Louise Stone, Dick Straw, Michael Strong, Ashley Stuchbery, Hilary Stuchbery, Isley Sutherland, Brenda Taylor +, Linda Tubnor, Kerrie Tudor, David Velja, Mark Wade, Bronwyn Wakely, Jonathan Wakely, Jim Warren, Jon Wathen, Ros Wathen, Fiona Watts, Fleur Wheeler, Noreen Wills, Shirley Wilson, Franz Windisch, Kate Woodward, Harrie Zanella, Marilynne Zanella, Ugo Zanella.

ABOUT PADDY BROBERG – Choral Director

PADDY BROBERG – Choral DirectorPaddy’s career as teacher, university lecturer and arts practitioner spans more than thirty years. Her main areas of expertise are music, dance, literature and interdisciplinary arts, particularly music theatre, ranging from revues to opera. Special musical interests include composing and arranging, accompanying and choral direction.

Paddy joined FAMDA in 1995 as joint musical director of The Music Man. She was a performer in Chinamen in Cabaret, and musical director of the award winning productions of Annie and Oliver!, and of the 2004 Music Hall. In 2006 she was a cast member of Oedipus Rex and arranger and musical director of Ebenezer’s Dream.

She composed the musical score for the multi-arts project Fire Up!, original songs for Edwin Coad’s one-act musical, Open Call, and Paul Hendry’s pantomime, Twisted Tales from the Woods, staged in January 2008.

Paddy was been the musical director of the Prom Coast Singers since its inception in 1998 until 2013. She introduced the choir to many and varied works from the choral repertoire, ranging from simple rounds to major works such as Fauré’s Requiem, and covering songs and musical styles from many different countries, both past and present.

The Prom Coast Singers thank all the friends and supporters who have shared in our musical experience.

Prom Coast Singers’ History

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In November 1997, FAMDA staged a highly successful production of the Broadway musical, Annie, with Neil Goodwin as director and Paddy Broberg as the musical director. The next year several of the Annie cast members found they really missed the fun and camaraderie of the rehearsal and performance process. Their frustration got the better of them and they besieged Paddy with requests to let them sing again and, one evening in April 1998, eight former members of the Annie cast and crew met at Foster Primary School for the first sing-along of what was to become the Prom Coast Singers.

Under the umbrella of FAMDA with the guidance of Paddy Broberg, the Singers’ initial performances were in conjunction with community carols in Foster and Toora and singing for the residents of Banksia Lodge and Rose Lodge, Wonthaggi. It was not until Sunday 15 October 2000 that the choir presented its first paid performance in the form of a benefit concert held at the FWMAC in aid of the South Gippsland Hospital and Toora Nursing Home Auxiliaries.

The Singers’ December 2001 project was an impressive performance of Benjamin Britten’s       A Ceremony of Carols in Christ Church Foster.

In July 2003 the choir combined with the South Gippsland Wind Orchestra to present mid-winter concerts at the Dakers Centre in Leongatha as well as the Foster Arts Centre with PCS performing exerpts from Carmina Burana. This dramatic work was revisited in October when the South Gippsland Singers combined with PCS for a concert in Mesley Hall Leongatha as part of the world-wide choral phenomenon, Voices for Hospices and it was on the program again for the very special 10th Anniversary Concert – 17 August 2008.

Essence of Folk was the title for the program presented by the Singers in 2004. The choir performed in Poowong and Glen Alvie and the next week, on 27 June, they shared the stage with the Bec Bone Singers back in Foster at the FWMAC.

Fauré’s Requiem and Borodin’s Polovtsienne Dances were on the bill when PCS sang in the Foster Anglican Church on 15 May 2005. The following weekend they sang those works in concerts with the South Gippsland Singers and the Korumburra Primary School Choir at Mesley Hall and the Inverloch Community Centre.

The 2005 Voices for Hospices concert had Prom Coast Singers combining with the South Gippsland Singers and the Warragul Chorale for a concert showcasing each choir and featuring music specially composed by Larry Hills for all three choirs.

In the 2007 SeaChange Festival, the Prom Coast Singers demonstrated the diversity of their repertoire in a concert billed as From Pop to Op(era) and performed Paddy Broberg’s original music in the exciting multi-media Fire Up! project. The Singers also performed at the Mossvale Park Music for the People concert.

2008 saw members taking part in FAMDA’s widely acclaimed production of The Producers with Pamela Coad as Chorus Mistress and other members providing the offstage chorus.

2009 projects included the multi-arts spectacular, Promontory Dreaming, contributing to FAMDA’s production of Into the Woods and in community carols at Christmas.

2010 activites included involvement in the Anzac Day cermony.

Preparations for hosting the Sing South Gippsland! Choral Festival dominated 2011.  The Prom Coast Singers sang Stephen Leek’s Island Songs and Traditional Songs arranged by John Rutter.

The Singers went into recess for a time but reformed as a reunion choir to perform in two concerts associated with FAMDA’s 60th birthday celebrations in 2013.

In between times there have been many happy nights of rehearsals with the challenge of learning to sing the right notes and the right words whether they be in English, African, French, German, Italian or Latin.

The Prom Coast Singers have sung at community carol services, funerals and in FAMDA musicals with performances in Foster, Glen Alvie, Inverloch, Korrumburra, Leongatha, Mossvale Park, Poowong, Toora, Warragul and Wonthaggi.

The choir was reborn in 2014 with Fiona Watts as the choral director and a project involving a cantata commemorating the centenary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli.