Serenata Celebrates!

The celebratory concert at The Gap Uniting Church

The Serenata Singers presented a belated 50th anniversary concert for family, friends and former members of the choir at The Gap Uniting Church on Saturday afternoon, 29 May 2021.

In 1970, The Gap and District Musical Society was founded. In 2020, it achieved its 50th anniversary under the name Serenata Singers. Just as activities to observe the occasion were being planned, COVID-19 arrived in Australia and it became necessary to defer any celebrations. Indeed, 2020 saw the choir cancel all its scheduled performances.

Better late than never! The choir was keen to return to performing and relished the opportunity to sing in front of an appreciative audience. Under a slide show of photos from the choir’s history, the choir presented a varied program of medleys from Broadway musicals, folk and rock songs. A highlight was the choir’s performance of “Singing with Friends”, an original composition composed for the choir by Lynette Reville. Guest performances included a violin solo by Ran Luo, a saxophone number from Angus Campbell, and a piano duet by Lois Cutmore and Alison Siemon. The audience joined in enthusiastically with the community sing-a-long numbers.

After the concert, there was a ceremonial cutting of the anniversary cake and much conversation and catching up over coffee, tea and cakes (following COVID-safe guidelines of course).

A chronology/history of the choir and photos/images from past years can be accessed on the choir’s website

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