These are exciting times for choral music in Australia. There has been, and continues to be, a plethora of choral activity occurring in our great country. This is a tribute to the many dedicated and talented choral musicians actively promoting and furthering the cause of Australian choral music. As an association, ANCA is proud to play a role in these activities. We firmly believe the various local, state and national events we organise and support are an important part of the fabric which is choral music in this country. But whether it is an ANCA event or not, we are excited to observe so much choral activity. I encourage everyone to join in!
The recent national event of significance for ANCA was, of course, Choralfest, staged so successfully in Fremantle. You will find many references to and memories of this wonderful event in this edition of Sing Out. Those of you lucky enough to be there would have no doubt revelled in the incredible number and quality of offerings.
One of the aims of the organisers was for Fremantle to be left in doubt that choirs were in town……………and I believe we did this brilliantly! Whether it was in the streets, in a coffee shop, in a church, in a hall, in a museum……….there was a choir to be seen and heard! Who will ever forget hearing the haunting sounds of the Young Voices of Melbourne singing in the Whaler’s Tunnel or (one of my favourites) the sight of a lovely children’s choir singing literally underneath the iconic Australia 2 yacht. There was so much for the choral enthusiast to revel in, especially from the excellent choirs and the outstanding speakers. On behalf of the choral community of Australia, I want to sincerely thank all involved with the organisation of Choralfest 2019, especially Nicholas Bannan who headed up the incredibly hard-working organising committee. Special tribute also to Glenys Gijsbers and her team at Stockdale for the administration of the event. Well done to you all!
One important meeting that occurred during Choralfest was the ANCA Special General Meeting at which the constitution was updated. This has been no easy task and so special thanks to the sub-committee (Michael Fulcher, Bevan Bates & Glenys Gijsbers) for their work in this challenging and important aspect of ANCA. The key things to note are:
- The constitution update was needed to bring us into line with changes to the act and to ensure we were compliant. In essence though, there have been no major changes.
- We took the opportunity to make the constitution more helpful for chapters. For example, there is now a whole section which gives information regarding the running of chapters and how they relate to, and what their responsibilities are as part of, the National organisation.
- ANCA can only have one AGM which is the National one. Chapters now will have an Annual Chapter Meeting which is the time when nominations are called for, and elections are held for, the Chapter; it is a meeting name change only to make it clear which meeting is which!
- The National body is still responsible for the finances of the association. State or Regional Chapters are still responsible for organizing events and can manage their own finances as outlined in the constitution.
Another significant development has been the rekindling of the NSW Chapter under the leadership of Guy de Villiers and David Taylor. It is early days yet but already they have some wonderful ideas of how to move this particular chapter forward. As outlined in our constitution, it is the role of the national council to proceed in this manner. In due course, there will be Chapter elections giving all of our NSW/ACT members the chances to become involved. We wish them all the best!
Finally, I wish to again thank, and officially farewell, Michael Fulcher. Michael has been in a Vice President role in recent times following his reign as President. He has stepped down from this role and we wish him all the very best in his busy choral life. During his time on the National Council, Michael has made a very significant contribution to the life and activities of ANCA. He has had a major role to play with innovations such as the Choral Composition Competition, the Visiting International Clinicians concept and the updating of many behind-the-scenes activities. Many thanks Michael. I wish you all the very best with your choral activities in the upcoming months!
ANCA National President