THE SINGERS ARE CURRENTLY IN RECESS
Traditional Rehearsal Time
PAG Room, Former Banksia Lodge
Jones Street, Foster
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.
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’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.