Lydian Singers celebrate 40 years with two-day musical treat

The Shoalhaven Lydian Singers presented a weekend of Handel’s Messiah in both Berry and Nowra recently.

St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Berry was packed to the rafters, with some 50 choir members, seven instrumentalists, four soloists and musical director Lesley Challender delighting the audience with powerful, emotional and uplifting singing. 

The performance in the Nowra School of Arts was also fully booked. An organ from All Organs Australia was brought in for the day, creating a breathtaking sound.

This two-day musical marathon was in part to celebrate The Lydians 40th anniversary. 

The choir was formed in 1977, by the late Don Dudgeon. Only one of the founding members, Noni Rogan, still sings with the choir. 

On March 4 the group will take to the stage at Ss Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church, Kiama. Bookings are available now at For information visit

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