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2007 - our 10th year

Light and Harmony in times of distress

2007 was a very big year for the LEC, with seven major programs performed during the year.

LEC pictured in the Plaza Theatre at Coonamble for the Moorambilla Festival in 2007.  

Performances

The year got off to a very busy start as LEC participated in the Sydney Festival over ten performances at the Sydney Opera House with the hit of the festival: Stomp

A month later LEC performed at the opening of Sydney's newest performance venue: Carriageworks. We performed Gabagong by Stephen Leek in the Performance Space.

In March LEC recorded two songs for the Sydney Theatre Company production of Lulie the Iceberg. Told qith exquisite puppetry and illusions, original music, dance and drama, this production for children and their families was staged at the Wharf Theatre and the Riverside Theatre in March.

On 6 May we produced In Times of Distress at St James Church Sydney. Based on Haydn's Nelson Mass, the program explored contemporary reflections on war and peace.  

LEC returned to Carriageworks in late August with our own production: Luce: a concert of illuminating new Australian music. 

We took our major Luce commission to the Moorambilla festival in September: Christopher Gordon's You Dead Kings Rising.

At the invitation of the Australian Chinese community, we sang in the Harmony Concert on 24 November at the Sir John Clancy Auditorium in Kensington. This concert also featured the Sydney New Philarmonia Choir, the Sydney Jewish Choral Society, the Australian Yellow River Chorus and the Sydney New Express Youth Choir.

We finished this very busy year with our seventh major program for the year at Carols on Norton on 16 December.

LEC singing Noel Nouvelet at Carols on Norton 2007.

 

 

Commissions

LEC commissioned five new songs and arrangements in 2007. These were:

2007                                                                                                     
5 April        Dan Walker               + Weep No More (David Childs)
25 Aug       Christopher Gordon      You Dead Kings Rising
               Marco Creazzo            Beyond the Sea
               Meredith Hope            Deep Waters Rising
16 Dec       Billie McCarthy           Almost Christmas Day

Behind the scenes

2007 was busy in other ways too; not just concerts. There were three fund-raising activities held - the committee ran the Ashfield Bunnings Sausage Sizzle in both June and November and supplemented this with a movie night featuring As It Was in Heaven at the Cremorne Orpheum.

The website was further expanded with pages added for Online Tickets, Friends and a News Archive.

LEC website in 2007

Committee

President: Lliane Clarke
Vice President and Artistic Director: Michelle Leonard
Secretary: Miriam Poole
Treasurer: Chris Robinson
Librarian: Jeanne Kinninmont
Membership: Richard Goodman
Website: Jim Fleming
Committee: Di Beauchamp, Mike Berry

Section Reps
Sopranos: Margaret Grove and Jeanne Kinninmont
Altos: Miriam Poole
Tenors: Tom Williams
Basses: Chris Robinson

Stalwarts

Six new stalwarts joined LEC during 2007: Pamela Batters, Martin Morrison-Greet, Janet Wills, Fiona Fagan, Kerry Blake and Helen Kerr-Roubicek.

New Singers

The following singers joined LEC for the first time this year: Nadia Batchelor, Pamela Batters, Susan Bee, Liz Bisson, Kerry Blake, Anne Brian, Ellie Cellier, Vittoria Cleria, Robert Cousins, Colin Currie, May Daraphet, Deborah Edwards, Fiona Fagan, Andrea Firgau, Christine Firkin, Diana Gray, Sally Hanna Osborne, Rachael Henry, Meredith Hope, Michael James, Gwyn Jones, Phoebe Kearey, Rob Kearey, Helen Kerr-Roubicek, Stephan Kooper, Andree Mansour, Katy Mercer, Jacqueline Millner, Diane Missiris, Martyn Morrison-Greet, Diane Paul, Joy Pardey, Allan Redpath, Kathleen Routh, Anja Slater, David Smyth, Barbara Steven, Claude Tamplenizza, James White, Pamela Williamson, Janet Wills, Ann Wood.

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