The Foster based choir known as the Prom Coast Singers was born in 1998 with Paddy Broberg as the musical director.
They functioned continually for the next ten years and intermittently in more recent times, hosting a major choral festival, Sing South Gippsland!, in 2011 and reuniting to sing as part of FAMDA’s 2013 sixtieth birthday celebrations.
After a fairly long break the Prom Coast Singers are going to sing again and new and former singers are invited to join.
As of Tuesday 22 July they will be back singing at the Anglican Church Hall, Foster each Tuesday evening at 7.15pm.
The singers’ immediate project is preparation for a wonderful major work composed by Larry Hills to commemorate the Anzac Centenary and to be performed in public in April next year at Foster, Wonthaggi and Leongatha.
The cantata, entitled “They Went With Songs” will be sung by the Prom Coast Singers together with the Bass Coast Chorale from Wonthaggi and the Leongatha based South Gippsland Singers accompanied by an orchestra and conducted by the composer, Larry Hills.
A secondary project will be to prepare some Christmas carols for the Foster Carols and after this – who knows!
All this activity is now possible because the Prom Coast Singers have secured the services of talented musician, Fiona Watts, as their musical director.
Fiona is a phenomenal violinist and voice teacher who was accepted into the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music at the age of 15.
She studied violin and voice and earned the Most Outstanding Performance Award in her Diploma of Performing Arts and Bachelor of Music courses.
Later she specialised in Renaissance and Baroque singing under the direction of Richard Gill.
In 2009 Fiona was living in South Gippsland when FAMDA staged the musical, ‘Into the Woods’. She played the Baker’s Wife, winning the Gippsland Associated Theatre award for the most outstanding lead female in the process.
She also sang with the Prom Coast Singers and ran stimulating rehearsals for some of the voice groups
With Fiona back directing rehearsals the Prom Coast singers will soon have the rust off their vocal cords.
Anyone interested in joining or rejoining the Prom Coast Singers is warmly invited to contact Andrew Jamieson on 5683 2683 for more details or to come to join in the singing rehearsals at 7:15 on Tuesday 22 July at the Anglican Church Hall in Foster.
The singers would also like to hear from anyone able to act as a rehearsal pianist. Contact Andrew Jamieson to offer your services.