September 2006 - Port Macquarie Uniting
The Viva la Voce concerts on the weekend of 9
and 10 September at the Uniting Church in Port Macquarie celebrated the wonderful instrument that is the
human voice. As well as the fabulous Cantorus choir and well known local
baritone, Jim Matsinos, there were appearances from some of our most
promising young singers.
Jim Matsinos has been a feature of the musical
scene here for over twenty years, collaborating with Musical Director, Robyn
Ryan, on many memorable musical productions and concerts. The September
concert Viva la Voce focussed on Jim Matsinos’ popular solo works as well
as choral favorites performed by Cantorus.
Three young singers were invited to be
part of the concert. As the audience discovered, they are remarkably talented and have very bright
futures. Jamie Lee McDonald, a year 11 Student from St Columba Anglican school
is trained by James Hannah and recently got a high distinction in her Grade 7
exam. She has a remarkably mature voice and performed 'Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again' from Phantom of the Opera and
'Sometimes When We Touch'.
(pictured right), a Year 11 student from Westport High has blossomed
over the past few years under the tutelage of Mrs Robyn Ryan. She has a
delightful voice and stage presence and is always a highlight of any
youngest performer was Sarah Topfer, from Tacking Point Primary and also one of
Mrs Ryan’s vocal and piano students. Her confidence and talent is remarkable
for her age. She was selected for the prestigious Junior Gondwana Voices choir
in January this year from applicants all over Australia. She has been singing
in choirs since she was four and is currently a member of Bel Canto choir at
Tacking Point Primary.
The Cantorus choir is a 50 voice SATB ensemble
which has developed an enviable reputation throughout the state under the
leadership of Robyn Ryan. The program through the year varies from major
classical works to world music and modern experimental pieces. The September
concerts traditionally feature the laid back favourites and always attract an