Choir hit all the right notes

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LOOK at what we found lurking at an antique fair in the Illawarra.

Well, it was actually Kiama Mayor Brian Petschler who made the discovery, but the Kiama Independent would like to hear from those involved. 

Cr Petschler said he discovered the vinyl LP, Kiama, by the Kiama Girls’ Choir at the recent Antique Fair at Kembla Grange Racecourse.

He purchased the album, believed to have been released in 1974, for $10.

The album was recorded live at the Wollongong Baptist Church. 

Its track-listing includes the song Kiama, which features lyrics written by Peggy Owen and music by Christine Patton. 

Also included are renditions of Waltzing Matilda, a Mozart piece, a series of songs from Mary Poppins, The Three Drovers and a Polish Christmas carol. 

The liner notes reference Dina Patton, who founded the choir in late 1970.

“For many years she has been one of the most outstanding music teachers in Kiama and the South Coast,” the notes state.

“She has been the choir accompanist since the group was formed, and has done a magnificent work.” 

Erwin Smith is credited as the conductor, and the notes also praise the work of performers Christine Patton, Elizabeth Creagan and Gaye Robinson.

They also provide a history of the choir, such as its first place at the City of Wollongong Eisteddfod in 1971 and 1972. 

The choir also sung on Wollongong television, WIN 4, as well as at hospitals and churches and at the Kiama Pavilion. 

Cr Petschler said he planned to donate the album to Kiama Library or Historical Society. 

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