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BREAKING NEWS: Hannah Thiele, inaugural recipient, David Carolane OAM Choralship Program™

Updated: Nov 21, 2022

MELBOURNE, Vic., November 2022 – The Tudor Choristers is proud to announce HANNAH THIELE as the inaugural recipient of the DAVID CAROLANE OAM Choralship Program, awarded during the choir’s landmark 60th Anniversary Season. The annual award for young artists aged 18 to 30 includes an honorarium. It is named for David Carolane OAM (1930 – 2022), the choir’s 1962 founder and inaugural music director who served in the role for 25 years. Carolane died early in 2022 at the age of 91. He was honoured at the choir’s 60th anniversary concerts in September.

HANNAH THIELE brings a wealth of experience as a choral musician, cellist and music educator. She seeks to expand her singing and conducting skills. Born in Germany and then moving to Australia at a young age, her qualifications include a Bachelor of Music (Honours) in Cello Performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and a Master of Teaching in Music and Languages (German) from the University of Melbourne. Her previous choral experiences include Christ Church St Laurence Choir (Sydney) and Rostock Motet Choir (Germany), with whom she toured to northern Germany and Denmark, performing with the King’s Singers.

Hannah said, “I’d like to thank the Tudor Choristers for this opportunity and their warm welcome. I’m excited for the upcoming concerts!” Her first appearance with the Tudor Choristers, including a solo in Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, will be in the Sing Nowell! concerts, Wednesday, December 14 at the Basilica of Our Lady of Victories (Camberwell and livestreamed) and Friday 16 December at St George’s Anglican Church (Ivanhoe East).

Tickets for the concerts are available on the choir’s website: Dr KATHLEEN MCGUIRE, music director since 2017, was delighted to welcome Hannah, remarking:“David Carolane, who died earlier this year, was devoted to developing opportunities for young artists and promoting great choral music. David and I had discussed the choralship idea for several years and I know he would have been thrilled to see someone as highly accomplished as Hannah as the inaugural awardee. She has a bright future ahead and the Tudor Choristers will benefit enormously from what she brings.” STEPHEN GOODWIN, Honorary President of the Tudor Choristers, said, “It is really fitting that the first Choralship is awarded during the 60th Anniversary Season, establishing a new generation of choristers. Having great community choirs that bring traditional music to life is a blessing to be part of; we hope to continue to build our Choralship Program with further recipients for many years to come.” KAY MATTHIESON, Secretary, said, “New singers are always welcome at Tudors Choristers, especially when they come with a range of experiences that may offer new and exciting future directions for the choir. We hope that the Choralship Program will encourage more young artists to join us on this journey.”

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