Chillingham Voices to perform Taking off Concert


CHILLINGHAM VOICES will present a farewell concert at the All Saints Anglican Church on Byangum Road, Murwillumbah prior to their upcoming tour to New Zealand.

The concert will feature many of the songs they will be singing on tour including Fields of Gold, Amarilli, Mack the Knife, Send in the Clowns, Drunken Sailor, I’ll be Seeing You and Nella Fantasia. There will also be segments sung by the ever-popular Hot Chilli Chicks and the Cool Chilli Dudes.

The Chillingham Voices started as an eight piece choir in 2009 and has grown steadily thanks to their open door policy which allows anyone interested to join. The choirmaster is trombone player, Harlie Axford, who taught music at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane before retiring. Mr. Axford said, with a strong base of about 40 members between 35 and 88 years of age, the choir has been involved in several concerts and fundraisers this year which have been well supported.

“Our new Zealand tour will include concerts with other community based choirs in Queenstown, Alexandra, Dunedin and Ashburton. Then in Christchurch we perform with the South Brighton Choral Society in the Christchurch Cardboard Cathedral.

“The original cathedral was badly damaged in the Christchurch earthquake in February 2011 and this venue is a new temporary home, in Latimer Square, Christchurch. It is the world’s only cathedral made substantially of cardboard. We finish with a concert at The Piano, a new world class facility for music and the arts in Christchurch,” Mr. Axford said.

The Taking Off Concert will be held on Sunday September 25th at 2.30pm. Tickets are $10 adult and $8 concession with children under 12 free and will be available at the door of the All Saints Church an hour before the concert. The price includes sherry or juice and fruit cake during the interval