Murraylands Children's Choir celebrates first year of singing

For the love of music: Pictured at the wharf precinct at Sturt Reserve are Murraylands Children's Choir pianist Lois Page and conductor Rachel Titley. Photo: Supplied.
For the love of music: Pictured at the wharf precinct at Sturt Reserve are Murraylands Children's Choir pianist Lois Page and conductor Rachel Titley. Photo: Supplied.

Last term the Murraylands Children's Choir celebrated its first birthday.

The community children's choir is open to all Murraylands primary school students and run by local musicians Rachel Titley and Lois Page.

Both Lois and Rachel have been part of choirs as children and as adults and both have extensive music backgrounds.

Seventy-five-year-old Lois is a former music teacher of 40 years’ experience, with 25 years as a choral pianist.  

Thirty-seven-year-old Rachel Titley is the choral conductor who had 10 years of piano tuition under local teacher Delrae Thomas, plays flute and saxophone and is a singer, songwriter and composer. 

The choir runs during the school terms at no cost to choristers due to grant support from the Rural City of Murray Bridge, Foodbank provisions from Uniting Communities and public liability coverage and support from the inter-church council, as well as support and provisions from generous individuals.

Each term the choir has a theme and learns new songs to perform locally.

The choir sings at two community events each term; these have included the community Christmas carols, the Anzac Day dawn service, a domestic violence vigil and the Citizens and All Culture Fest.

Ms Titley said the many benefits that came from being part of a choir were well researched and included giving choristers a feeling of belonging, community, nurture and embrace. 

“The past year has been absolutely wonderful – we have loved our year of singing and have had so much fun as a group blessing our Murraylands community,” she said.

“It is a delight to see the kids light up as they learn and then love the songs, and their personal and musical growth has been more than we could have ever imagined.”

The Murraylands Children's Choir will sing at the Murray Bridge community carols at the wharf precinct at Sturt Reserve on December 10. 

It is a delight to see the kids light up as they learn and then love the songs, and their personal and musical growth has been more than we could have ever imagined.

Rachel Titley