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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 (www.entertainmentgeelong.com)



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: pandapil@skymesh.com.au.

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.


Singing the Classics 2016

The first Singing the Classics for 2016 is coming up on Sun 20 March

Singing the Classics 2016

Getting underway for 2016

Rehearsals have commenced for 2016. Our first concert is on April 17 at 3pm at St Paul’s Anglican Church in LaTrobe Terrace. We will present a program of romantic English and French choral music, including the Solemn Mass by Louis Vierne, accompanied by Dion Henman, organist at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne.

Come along and see us at Pako Festa on Saturday February 27 at 3.40pm. We are performing at the Diversitat Stage.

Concerts for 2016

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.

When Icicles Hang – a cafe concert including the title work, a set of six Elizabethan poems set to music by John Rutter. Other music by Cole Porter and George Gershwin.
Berkeley Lodge, Pakington St, Geelong West.
Saturday July 30, 2016 at 7.00pm.

A Christmas Celebration – including Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten, Southern Star, a setting of poems by Michael Leunig and music by Christopher Willcock, and other Christmas music.
Wesley Church, Yarra St, Geelong.
Saturday December 3, 2016 at 5.00pm.