ON SONG: Gympie Choral group (back from left) Darryl Stolberg, Gordon Plate, Eddie Powell, James Grieger (front) Beth Norris, conductor Mary Devlin, Gussie Morgan and Helen Bartlett.
ON SONG: Gympie Choral group (back from left) Darryl Stolberg, Gordon Plate, Eddie Powell, James Grieger (front) Beth Norris, conductor Mary Devlin, Gussie Morgan and Helen Bartlett. Renee Pilcher

Singers polish up for church

GYMPIE Choral Group singers are polishing up on their parts for this Sunday's concert in St Peter's Anglican Church Hall in Lady Mary Tce.

Special guest artists will be Elizabeth Young on viola, Jessica McDonald on flute and Jessica Lee on piano.

Admission is by donation to palliative care.

Conductor Mary Devlin said the group welcomed new members this year, bringing the total to 26 and now ranging in age from 11 to 89.

"I really appreciate the contribution, loyalty and support of every singer who comes to practice on these cold Thursday evenings," she said.

"Without their efforts, along with the faithfulness of our accompanist Irene Halliday, there would be no concert."

Mary said the choral group started in 1987.

It started with a very small group of men and women, including Gordon Plate whose voice continues to bless members and audiences.

"Having such a community and church support makes what we do enjoyable and very worthwhile," she said.

"We are considering the possibility of presenting Handel's great work Messiah at the end of this year in conjunction with Cooloola Community Orchestra", she said.

"Our average membership of 20 always increases for a Messiah presentation and we gladly welcome singers who cannot make a commitment to join us on a regular basis."

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