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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 7 Hansard (6 August) . .

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These photographers were: Geoffrey Dabb, Leo Berzins, Harold Schranz, Tobias Hayashi, Megan Meers, Rhonda Hansch, Lindsay Hansch, Roger Williams, Stuart Rae, Margaret Leggoe, Stuart Harris, Marg Peachey and Ann Eldridge. From the voting by members of the public, the winners were as follows: the viewers' choice winner was Julian Robinson with his photo "satin bowerbirds at bower" and the viewers' choice runner-up was Charles Davis with his photo "rosellas in fog".

I would like to congratulate these winners again and thank everyone involved for the time they contribute to our community through the Canberra Ornithologists Group.

University of Canberra Chorale

Capital Cycling

MR COE (Ginninderra) (5.56): I rise this evening to talk about the University of Canberra Chorale. The UC Chorale is an adult, non-auditioned community choir devoted to enjoying the creation of music. The choir is truly community based, being self-funded with the needs of the group being funded through membership fees, sponsorship, ticket sales and fundraising. At its core, the choir aims to promote classical music in Canberra and to allow a high level of musical achievement to become accessible to ordinary members of the community.

The choir meets most weeks on a Friday where they not only practice their singing but are tutored in the elements of voice production, music reading skills and the appreciation of the composer. Through this practice, the choir has built up an impressive repertoire of songs, which span from the year 1400 to the present day, covering both sacred and secular works. Ultimately, the choir aims to present at least two quality performances to the general public each year.

Earlier this year, in June, I had the pleasure of attending a presentation from the choir, Songs of Peace and War. This presentation included songs from World War I, works by Bach, Purcell, Butterworth, Ireland and Wrango and featured Handel's Eternal Source of Light Divine. The presentation also included performances by soloists Jessica Harper, Christina Wilson, David Yardley and Rohan Thatcher. The presentation was so well attended at the Belconnen Arts Centre that it became standing room only, and I thoroughly enjoyed the performance.

I commend all those who were involved in the concert. In particular, I would like to take the time to thank and praise Alan Hicks, the director of the choir, for his commitment and the skill that he has shown in that role. The University of Canberra is also to be thanked as they provided for the administration of the course and a venue for the choir to rehearse.

Most importantly, I would like to encourage all members to attend the next performance of UC Chorale, which will be on 14 November this year when the choir performs Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle. I encourage all members to attend this performance which, from my personal experience, I am sure you will enjoy. For more information on the work of UC Chorale and to keep up to date on when the choir next performs, I encourage all members to visit their website at canberra.edu.au/music/choirs/uc-chorale.


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