Thursday, 17 December 2015
By: OJ Rushton, Creative Director
I just want to start this report by saying what an honour and privilege it has been for our Choir to carry the RSL name as we sought to promote the aims and objectives of the League in this very special Centenary of Anzac year.
I also want to express our gratitude for the on-going support of Ray James in his role as Deputy Chair of the NSW RSL Youth Council and State Council Representative on the RSL Rural Commemorative Youth Choir Committee. We would also like to thank our Kangaroo March Patron, Dr Brendan Nelson, for his valuable support during the year.
The first half of the year was spent starting our newest local Choir Mob in Goulburn and preparing all 6 of our Choir Mobs and Showcase Choir Mob for the lead up to Anzac Day and Anzac Day itself. The most important of these, of course, was Anzac Day as each Mob supported their local RSL Sub-branch by singing as part of various Anzac Day Services. A big shout out to all our local Choir mob leaders who did a wonderful job with their Mobs throughout the year!
Choir performances included:
In the last four months, the RSL Rural Commemorative Youth Choir, apart from the Music and Leadership Camp and a few local Mob performances such as Vietnam Vets Day in Bowral, largely focussed their attention on performances for the Kangaroo March Centenary Re-enactment from 4 September to 10 October. The Choir performed 8 times over the 5 weeks.
As part of that project, we offered a diary and postcard competition with local entries exhibited in a special exhibition at their local library. Local libraries were very supportive with enthusiasm to re-run the competition leading up to Anzac Day next year to engage more schools. The winning entries from each library were then exhibited at a special Exhibition in Parliament House in conjunction with the Hyde Park Memorial for Remembrance Day this year.
The RSL Sub-branches of Wagga Wagga, Junee, Goulburn and Mittagong (and Clubs) all enjoyed a number of performances during the year.
The official CD recording of the choir singing “Young and Free” is now available for sale on our website and and on iTunes. We are indebted to Lee Kernaghan and Garth Porter at Rancom St Studios for giving us this professional recording at no cost. The money raised will go toward supporting the continued growth of the choir. To see some of the choir perfornmances and interviews with some of the children, please visit our Youtube Channel.
We look forward to continuing our current 6 Local Choir Mobs and Showcase Choir in 2016 with the addition of an online 12 month leadership programme. If you have someone your would like to put forward for this exciting course, please register your interest by Clicking here
Click here to view photos and videos of 2015
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