Please find some photos from this weekend’s Kernewek Lowender, which is the world’s largest celebration of Cornish culture outside of Cornwall. Sing Australia performed at two events over the week long festival which is celebrated in the 3 small towns of South Australia’s Little Cornwall – Kadina, Wallaroo and Moonta. On Saturday we sang in Kadina at the Village Fair and on Sunday morning we had an early start as we sang at an ecumenical church service overlooking the beach at Wallaroo. Our accompanist fell ill to the flu but in true Sing Australia style others in the group stepped up to fill the void. A number of our members were unable to sing as they were involved in the many other events throughout the district. Some of us helped out at 2 or 3 events each day so we were very grateful to the energy and commitment they exhibited.
John and Kathy Snodgrass Sing Australia - Kadina
Comment: Thanks John and Kathy. Great report and a real show of community spirit and a huge effort. However, it looks to be incredibly rewarding. I love your attitude of pressing on. We hope that Daryl is recovering from the dreaded Flu. Congratulations one and all. Love the photos. ...
For the first time in 35 years since reunions began, singing was part of the 77th Anniversary U.S. Army Small Ships Section Memorial Service, and a limited number of our Sing Australia Gordon members were invited to lead the singing. The U.S. Army Small Ships Section was a unique organisation formed in response to advancing Japanese Forces in the South Pacific during WWII.
There were 110 USASS Association members and family in attendance, for what was a very beautiful service. It was held in the foyer of The Grace Hotel adjacent to the Memorial Wall that serves as a memorial to the USASSS which used the hotel as its headquarters in World War 2.
The assembled all sang The Navy Hymn (Eternal Father Strong to Save) and Battle Hymn of the Republic. The Gordon group were also asked to perform a special song, The Hymn of the Commonwealth, which was last sung publicly at the Inauguration of the Commonwealth Ceremony on 1st January 1901. This song had special significance for the USASSS Secretary, Dan O'Brien, whose great-great grandfather wrote the lyrics to the song. It's a very patriotic song for its time, and we enjoyed learning and singing it in four-part harmony.
The Gordon members were positioned in an alcove overlooking the service and many in attendance commented on how heavenly the angels above had sung. Christina and I attended the Reunion Luncheon afterwards on behalf of the Gordon group, and we were both warmly-welcomed and presented with a framed Certificate of Appreciation from the USASSA President, Frank Finch.
I thank Barbara Hayward for stepping in as conductor as well as our nine Gordon singers who all enjoyed the amazing experience and being a valuable contribution to the service.
Regards Steve and Chris Openshaw Co-Leaders, Sing Australia Gordon
Comment: Thanks Steve and Chris for this simply wonderful report and congratulations to you and the members and a special thanks also to Barbara. These kind of gigs are so special and memorable. Great work everyone. We are very proud. ...