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2003 - our 6th year

Freshwater for Moorambilla

LEC celebrated the completion of five years of growth with a Fifth Birthday concert mid year. Later in the year LEC participated in the very first Moorambilla Festival.

LEC celebrates five successful years


The year started with an appearance at the Abbotsford Acapella Festival in March. Then, on 29 June, LEC staged a Fifth Birthday concert at the Sir John Clancy Auditorium in Kensington. The concert repertoire included highlights from each of our five years, culminating in the Outback Suite.

On 14 September LEC performed its newly-commissioned Freshwater Suite at the first Moorambilla Concert. This suite was composed by Dan Walker, who has subsequently worked with LEC as a conductor, a tenor soloist and as composer of many of our commissioned works. The Moorambilla concert was staged at the Paddington Town Hall and also featured Michelle Leonard's acapella choir Choralation. The massed Festival Chorus sang a work co-commissioned by LEC and the festival: Christina Mimmochi's Silence is the Rock.

In the lead-up to Christmas, LEC commissioned our Accompanist, Marco Creazzo, to arrange a number of well-known carols for SATB choir and orchestra. These 15 arrangements were premiered on 21 December 2003 at our Carols Spectacular in the Forum on Norton Street and have featured in many Carols on Norton concerts in subsequent years. Marco's middle-eastern twist on Carol of the Drum and Noel Nouvelet were particularly tasty arrangements that are always very popular. In the lead-up to this concert, LEC did some carolling at Marketplace and performed at a Solomon Islands benefit concert and at the Taverners Hill School fete.


This year LEC commissioned 15 orchestral arrangements and a suite of 4 songs as well as co-commissioning one work with the Moorambilla Festival.

Premiere    Composer               Name

14 Sep        Christina Mimmochi  ^ Silence is the Rock
27 Sep        Dan Walker              Freshwater suite (4 movements)
21 Dec       Marco Creazzo         + Away in a Manger
                 Marco Creazzo         + Carol of the Drum
                 Marco Creazzo         + Christmas Day
                 Marco Creazzo         + Ding Dong Merrily on High
                 Marco Creazzo         + Gabriel's Message
                 Marco Creazzo         + God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
                 Marco Creazzo         + Good King Wenceslas
                 Marco Creazzo         + Huon Christmas Carol
                 Marco Creazzo         + Mary's Boy Child
                 Marco Creazzo         + Noel Nouvelet
                 Marco Creazzo         + Once in Royal David's City
                 Marco Creazzo         + Silent Night
                 Marco Creazzo         + Star Carol
                 Marco Creazzo         + The Silver Stars
                 Marco Creazzo         + We Three Kings of Orient Are
                         ^ Co-commissioned with Moorambilla Festival
                         + Orchestral arragement 

For details of all our commissions 

An excerpt from LEC's performance of The Story of Australia's Rivers from Dan Walker's Outback Suite at the Moorambilla Concert at Paddington Town Hall on 14 September 2003

Behind the scenes

Following the success of Paul Jarman's Outback Suite in 2002, the committee commissioned a significant number of new works for 2002, as detailed above.


The other main committee initiative for the year was a recruitment drive centred on an LEC exhibition in Leichhardt Library. This was a great success, with 30 new people joining the choir, including future stalwarts Margie Moore, Margo Moore, Cassi Plate, Chris Robinson and Ian Daniel.

New Singers

The following singers joined LEC for the first time this year: Sally Ash, Gai Berry, Katie Blazey, Gracia Cal Franco, Ian Daniel, Michaela Ferrier, Stephanie Finn, Nerida Gill, Gerard Hogan, Sophie Holloway, Mary Hounslow, Louise Hughes, Julie Humble, Janet Johnston, Helen Kindness, Barbara Kozak, Nicolle Lane, Ross McLeod, Margie Moore, Margo Moore, Kirsten Ody, Cassi Plate, David Playfair, Marjorie Playfair, Chris Robinson, Leigh Robinson, Dee Schelton, Sharon Smith, Nerida Wood.