Choir’s tribute to legend

May 18, 2017

Ready to perform: The Cobram Senior Citizens Choir will perform 'Songs from Vera Lynn' next week.

Choir members: Cobram Senior Citizens Choir conductor Muriel Bauman and pianist Bernadette O'Leary.

The Senior Citizens Choir will be taking to the stage next week to honour renowned British singer Vera Lynn, with the performance A Tribute to Vera Lynn.

The choir is planning a rehearsal on Monday, May 22 and the concert will be performed on Thursday, May 25.

It’s timed to celebrate Dame Vera’s 100th birthday, which was on March 20.

Choir conductor Muriel Bauman said Vera Lynn was a grand lady, whose memorable music and songs would live on for many years to come.

The choir began in the late 1980s with a small group of women and men singing under the baton of the late Marg Simpson.

Choir members are also thought to have sung at Ottrey Lodge, where Marg was to see her days out at the grand old age of 101, Ms Bauman said.

‘‘In the early 90s, the late Em Bourke and the late Melna Bourchier on the piano continued leading the choir, followed by Joyce Bennett, who took over as choir leader for some 10 years before retiring and moving down to Melbourne with her adorable King Charles cavaliers,’’ she said.

‘‘The group at that time performed three concerts a year, as well as entertaining residents at both Irvin House and Ottrey Lodge.’’

Today, the choir is led by Ms Bauman as conductor, with Bernadette O’Leary on the piano.

It consists of 13 women and four men, but Ms Bauman said new members were always welcome and she encouraged people who share the same love of music to look at joining.

The choir rehearses on Mondays from 1.30pm to 3pm.

●For more information about the choir, phone Ms Bauman on 5872 1259.

●The Cobram Senior Citizens Choir presents A Tribute to Vera Lynn at the Senior Citizens Club rooms, Hay Ave, Cobram, on Monday, May 22, and Thursday, May 25, at 1.30pm.

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