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13-14 September 2003 - Port Macquarie Uniting Church

Friends of both the two and four-footed kinds joined the Hastings Choristers for its concert “All Creatures Great and Small”, held at the Uniting Church in Port Macquarie on Saturday 13 September at 7.30pm and Sunday 14 September at 2.00pm. This was a light and bright event with lots of good music and several surprises. Where else would an audience get the chance to see Dancing Dogs?

Audiences were delighted with the quality of the chorus and the several smaller ensembles and soloists lined up to perform choral and instrumental pieces. “Cantabile” the female a capella group performed some new and challenging works which were a highlight. There was also a mixed voice smaller ensemble which had been formed specifically for “All Creatures Great and Small” which provided an interesting blend of great music and  wacky humour. Guitar and piano solos added a nice balance to the mix.

This was a perfect family concert and a great way to introduce children to Choral music – and how much fun it can be to sing. Several children performed and much of the repertoire was familiar to young and old as we wandered through the incredibly diverse world of animal songs.

A week earlier, pet owners were delighted with the “Blessing of the Animals” held at St Thomas’ Anglican Church in Port Macquarie on Sunday Sept 7th at 11am. The Rev John Dyer conducted the blessing in the church grounds and entertainment was provided by the Port Macquarie Band and the Hastings Choristers.