Martin – Choral History

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The Real Sing (TRS) was formed by Martin Meader and David and Gaela Hilditch in 1996. Martin conducted the choir until 2006 and during that time TRS presented a wide range of material, including gospel, blues, jazz, swing, pop standards and original compositions. TRS established an enviable record of successful performances at music festivals, major public events and many concerts and recitals, both public and private. TRS continues and more information can be found at: www.therealsing.org.au

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In 1998, The Real Sing won first prize in the Perth Gospel Eisteddfod. TRS performed for major organisations, including The Red Cross, Perth Convention Centre, Perth Mint and Clough Engineering, and featured in such landmark public events as the Houghton’s Vineyard Jazz Concerts, Fairbridge Festival and the Nannup Music Festival. Each year, TRS performed sell-out concerts at Happs Vineyard, in Dunsborough, and The Fremantle Arts Centre. In December 2001 and 2002, TRS performed for a massed audience of 5000 at ‘Carols By Candlelight’, in Booragoon. In January 2002, The Real Sing performed at the official Australia Day Concert in the Perth Entertainment Centre, before an audience of 9,000. The concert was broadcast nationwide on SBS Television. Since then, The Real Sing have performed in the 2003/4/5 Perth International Arts Festival, for the Lotteries Commission and at Government House for the Australian of the Year Awards. As part of an on-going program of special ‘theme’ concerts, TRS created a two-hour celebration of the music of the 60s and 70s, entitled “Stand By Me”.

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The Hurricane Choir was the brainchild of Martin Meader. After the devastation of the Katrina and Rita hurricanes in September 2005, Martin connected with friends in Baton Rouge. Together they conceived the idea of building a large interfaith community-based choir similar to the choir he from conducts in Australia, to help in the rebuilding process in Louisiana.Martin put together a team of international specialists (from America, Australia and Canada) with local community members, singers, musicians and volunteers to coordinate the choir. The Hurricane choir, which consisted of 250 members plus a band, gave three multi-media performances that were held on June 2nd, 3rd and June 4th 2006 at Jefferson Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

 

 

Baton Rouge TV Interview
or ABC Report from New Orleans http://www.abc.net.au/reslib/200606/r88965_263828.mp3
or http://www.lpb.org/programs/swi/streaming.cfm (enter Katrina Choir in Search Engine)


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