O Come All Ye Faithful singers… Christmas wouldn’t be the same without all the carols, and the South Coast Choral & Arts Society Choir has certainly been raising a few high notes or two.
Among the 35-40 regular performers is Alan Field, 80, who amazingly has been involved in the Victor Harbor-based group for 58 years, back in the days when it was known simply as the South Coast Choral Society.
“I just love singing and being part of a group that has brought so much joy to so many people over the years,” Alan said.
The challenge now, according to Alan, is attracting younger members to maintain this marvellous tradition of the town. “When I was first here here there were a lot of young people involved,” Alan said. “These days we find it hard to attract new people. Our average age is 55-70 years and it would be nice to have a new group of younger people coming through.
“The Society has been a wonderful part of Victor Harbor since 1950, and after the arts became part of the society the South Coast Choral & Arts Society has presented some wonderful concerts and musical productions that have done the town proud.
“I believe we have been a strong voice for the cultural community, and I say that with enormous pride.”
Among the current members is Alan’s wife, Margie, and they said the choir has obviously been a huge part of their life.
The choir was recently among 16 from SA country regions that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the SA Country Choral Association, of which our choir was a foundation member and Alan, a former principal at Victor Harbor High School, was awarded life membership in recognition of his long-time presidency.
In the magnificent Christmas tradition, the South Coast Choral & Arts Society Choir last weekend presented its annual festive performance, the Songs of the Season, and again it was a huge success. Very good, but a few younger voices next year will make it even better. Contact Alan on 8552 3944 or John Mathieson on 8552 7133 if you are interested in finishing the year on a high not