Thursday, 16 May 2013

Lions Choir ready to roar

The Lions Male Choir, formed by Melody Music and conducted by Haydn James has been granted official Tour status by the Lions and the Australian Rugby Union for the 2013 tour to Australia.

On May 26th, the Choir will perform at the official Lions Gala Farewell at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

 The travelling party is 142 with a choir of 75 singers from Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland. The will perform the LIONS ANTHEM at the first Test in Brisbane while the Qantas Choir will perform Advance Australia Fair.

During the tour, the choir have been invited to several official functions and are looking forward to supporting the Warren Gatland and his squad.

Lions Male Choir was set up by Mark Burrows from Wales in 2001 to follow the Lions Choir on Tour.
Since then they have been on the NZ Lions Tour, and the South African Tour.

The Choir in 2013 is made up of 75 singers from Wales, Ireland, England and Scotland – conducted by Haydn James who was the conductor of the London Welsh MVC for 30 years and conducted over 20 Gala Male Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall.

Their music reflects the home Nations, with the addition of songs from the musicals and Choruses from Grand Opera.

A message from rugby great Cliff Morgan

 58 years ago Rugby Great - Cliff Morgan experienced the thrill of a Lions Tour in South Africa -  In 2013 over 70 Choristers from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales  join forces to form the Lions Choir.
During their 3 week tour, the Choir will perform concerts in Brisbane , Melbourne,  and Sydney.

Performing a wide selection of music under the baton of Dr. Haydn James, who has recently arranged the Lions Anthem” – an arrangement incorporating four well known songs from the home Nations:-
Swing Low Sweet Chariot - Flower of Scotland - Ireland’s Call and Bread of Heaven.

The Choristers came together for the first time after the 2001 Lions Tour. The age of the choristers ranges from 23 – 88 and they share a love of music and Rugby. Ex miners, Teachers, Lawyers, Builders, - in fact, all walks of life are represented in this special Choir. A message from Cliff Morgan OBE which is being updated for the 2013 tour due to his failing health follows.

Haydn James in action

Haydn’s expertise in conducting massed choirs and vast audiences is internationally recognized.  He has led the singing of up to 70,000 supporters at Wembley and at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium prior to Wales’ twenty five home international rugby matches over the past five seasons, as well as Barbarians. This message above was given to the choir in 2005 and although Cliff is not in the best of health, we are delighted that he has written a message of good will to the choir – and the people of Australia which will be read at each concert on their tour in 2013.

The Choir will perform the Lions Anthem at the first Test in Brisbane

Concerts are:
175 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane QLD 4000

Funds go to Irish Club and their Charities – joint concert with the Tara Singers

Friday 28th June
Collins Street Baptist Church Melbourne [7.30pm]

Sunday 7th July
Sydney Town Hall [2pm] with guest choir – The Australian Rugby Choir


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