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Calling all singers

The Geelong Chorale is partnering with The Geelong Symphony Orchestra for ‘Last Night of the Proms’ on Friday evening, October 27, and Saturday afternoon, October 28 2017.

We are seeking any interested singers who would like to augment our choir and be a part of these exciting concerts to be held at Costa Hall.
The Geelong Chorale will perform Polovtsian Dances by Borodin in the first half of the program. The second half of the concert will include the usual Proms’ fare including Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory, I Vow to Thee, My Country, as well as the Toreador Song from Carmen.

It is a wonderful opportunity to sing with a full symphony orchestra on the big stage of Costa Hall in front of a large audience. The conductor for this concert is Kevin Cameron, Director of Middle School Music at Geelong Grammar School.

​Rehearsals commence Monday September 4 2017, and are held weekly every Monday night from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at St Luke’s Uniting Church, Barrabool Rd, Highton. Rehearsals with the orchestra will be held on the afternoon of Sunday October 8 (venue to be advised); and in the evening of Monday October 23 at Costa Hall; and Thursday October 26 at Costa Hall.

You will need to be able to read music, sing in tune and attend most rehearsals. Our musical director, Allister Cox, will listen to you sing to ensure you are placed in the correct position in the choir. Cost will be a one off payment of $20 to cover insurance.

If you would like to join us in this very exciting venture, please let our secretary, Angela West, know your name, email address and what part you sing, and we will add you to the list!

Angela West
The Geelong Chorale
PO Box 352
Geelong VIC 3220
(03) 5244 7285


Concerts in 2017

For your diary – the Chorale will put on 3 concerts in 2017:

American Portrait, Sunday May 21 at 2:30pm, Wesley Church, Yarra Street, Geelong

Voices of Our Time – music of contemporary composers such as Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen. Sunday August 27 at 2:30pm, All Saints Anglican Church, Noble Street, Newtown

Christmas Carols Concert, Saturday December 2 at 5pm, All Saints Anglican Church, Noble Street, Newtown

Open full day rehearsal

The Chorale is starting off the 2017 year with an open full day rehearsal on Sat 4 Feb, from 10am-4pm, at St Luke’s Uniting Church, 174 Barrabool Road, Highton.

We will be rehearsing music for our first concert of the year, a progamme of American-themed items.

All singers are welcome to this open rehearsal. Come along and see what the Chorale is all about.

Australia Day honours

Congratulations to our Australia Day honours recipients – long standing tenor, John Stubbings and our musical director, Allister Cox.

The Geelong Chorale community congratulates you both.

Choir sings Allister’s praises

ALLISTER Cox is living life on both sides of the music stand guiding local choir groups and musicians to achieve their potential.

Tenor adds to musical journey

FOR more than 30 years the tones of tenor John Stubbings have rung through Geelong’s churches, stages and classrooms.

Official transcripts from the Governor General’s website re our two award winners

Australia Day 2017
Mr Allister Mark COX, South Geelong Vic 3220
For service to orchestral and choral music. Service includes:
Conductor, Geelong Community Orchestra, since 2005.
Conductor, Geelong Chorale, since 2011.
Musical Director and Conductor, For the Joy of Singing the Classics, since 2012.
Clarinettist, Singer and Conductor, Music at the Basilica, current and Committee Member, ongoing.
Performer and Musician with a range of theatre companies including Geelong Society of Dramatic Art and Geelong Lyric Theatre and Theatre of the Winged Unicorn and Melbourne Opera, ‘for many years’.
Church Music:
Cantor, Chorister, St Mary of the Angels Basilica, Geelong, current.
Chorister and Cantor, St Francis’ Catholic Church, Melbourne, ‘for many years’.
President, Geelong Music Teachers’ Association, 2006-2013 and Vice President, ‘for many years’.
Music teacher, Clonard College, since early 1980s and Sacred Heart College, since 1985 and Geelong Grammar School, since 1995.

Mr Henry John STUBBINGS, Belmont Vic 3216
For service to music, and to the community of Geelong. Service includes:
Assistant Musical Director, Geelong Chorale, since 2003 and Choir Member, 2005-2014.
Assistant Musical Director, Geelong Welsh Ladies Choir, 2004-2014 and Master of Ceremonies on several occasions.
Chorister and Soloist, St Paul’s Occasional Choir, 1989-2008.
Chorus Master and Musical Director, various community musical theatre companies including:
The Geelong Musical Comedy Company.
The Geelong Lyric Theatre Society.
Theatre of the Winged Unicorn, 1961-2000.
Master of Ceremonies:
Carols by Candlelight.
Geelong Young Men’s Association, 2004 and 1975-1999.
Geelong Advertiser Music Scholarships, 1995-2007.
Anam Cara Hospice Geelong.
Footscray, Yarraville, Kew and Preston Brass Band tours, 25 concerts and 2 overseas tours.
Geelong Concert Band.
Geelong Schools Music Festival, ‘for several years’.
Adjudicator, Geelong Eisteddfod, and CWA, and Highton Rotary Club Star Search, 1985-2014.
Life Member, Rotary Club of Highton/Kardinia, 1992-2009.
Department of Education Victoria:
Director of Music, several Victorian public schools including Geelong West Technical School, Bell Park Technical School, Mt Clear Secondary College and Grovedale Secondary College, 1964-1996.
Casual Teacher, Western Heights Secondary College, 2001-2002.

A Christmas Celebration 2016

Our exciting Christmas concert held on Saturday December 3, 2016 at 5pm.

This concert, at Wesley Church in Yarra St, Geelong, featured harpist Jacinta Dennett.

Joining us was the Geelong Handbell Choir.

We performed Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols and its companion piece, Southern Star – a collection of the poems of Michael Leunig set to music by Christopher Willcock.


Leunig and liners in a Christmas surprise package

Colin Mockett (



Singing the Classics 23 October 2016

“Singing the Classics” this time  was Messe Solennelle de Sainte-Cecile by Charles Gounod.

Special thanks to Allister Cox for conducting, and Frank De Rosso for accompanying us.


When icicles hang

Some photos from our cafe concert on July 30, 2016. A great evening’s entertainment.

Directed by Allister Cox

Accompanist Kristine Mellens.

Soloist Siân Tegan Williams

Master of Ceremonies Colin Mockett.


For the Joy of Singing the Classics is on again!

The Geelong Chorale will host an afternoon of singing through some choruses, in the For the Joy of Singing the Classics series, from 2 to 5pm on Sunday 19th June, at St Luke’s Uniting Church, Highton.

John Stubbings will lead us through the choruses, some of which are:

Pink Champagne from Die Fledermaus
Gaudeamus and Serenade from The Student Prince
Ol’ Man River from Showboat
Night of my Nights from Kismet
June is Bustin’ out all over and You’ll Never Walk Alone from Carousel
PLUS others from The Gypsy Baron, The Sound of Music, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof…..

Cost is only $12, and includes afternoon tea.

So if you want to come along, contact Anne at:

Across the English Channel

Across the English Channel – romantic choral music from England and France. Anthems by Parry, Holst, Vaughan Williams and Elgar, and Solemn Mass by Louis Vierne with guest organist, Dion Henman.
St Paul’s Anglican Church, LaTrobe Tce, Geelong.
Sunday April 17 2016 at 3.00pm.
Conducted by Allister Cox.


Chorale Channels the Sacred Divide
Colin Mockett, Entertainment Geelong

The Choral Grapevine: Across the Channel: The Geelong Chorale

Across the English Channel

Photos by Helen Lyth.:

Singing the Classics photos

Some photos from Sunday’s fun sing of Gloria by Antonia Vivaldi. special thanks to Jodie Townsend and Regina Thomae.