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FOREVER - 60th 'Diamond' Anniversary - Concert Program

Updated: Sep 24, 2022

Complete program details: concert honouree, artists, repertoire and more.

60th Anniversary Concerts honouree:

DAVID CAROLANE OAM (15 July 1930 - 28 January 2022)

The 60th anniversary concerts pay tribute to founder of the Tudor Choristers, DAVID CAROLANE OAM, who died in 2022 at the age of 91. David led the choir as its music director for 25 years, as well as many other choirs around Melbourne. Music historian Dr Peter Campbell wrote in 2003: In Melbourne, David Carolane, an important figure with wide-reaching influence, established the Tudor Choristers in 1962, originally and eight-voice ensemble; by 1969, it was already forty strong. The Tudors made their reputation with performances of works of the Byrd and Tallis generation, but in recent years have significantly expanded this repertoire. (Campbell, P. J., 2005. 'And there Came all Manner of Choirs': Melbourne's Burgeoning Choral Scene since 1950. Journal of Music Research. Context, 25, pp.41-54. Previously presented in 2003, Symposium: Choral Music in Melbourne).

Upon retirement from his "day job" as a pharmacist in the Melbourne suburb of Ivanhoe, David moved to north-eastern Victoria and in 1984 was invited to direct the Murray Conservatorium Choir and the Murray Conservatorium Consort (Albury, NSW). Seeing opportunity to expand community choral music in the region, in 1985 he launched the Wangaratta Choristers (now known as Vocal Dimension), and for a time also led the Beechworth Singers. He also served as the music director at St Matthew's Anglican Church in Albury, and established a Three-Choirs Festival, which continues today. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1992. He was honoured to conduct a choir for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Albury.

Man wearing white shirt and black bowtie, with goatee and classes, holding a book, singing. Woman standing in background wearing a white shirt.
David Carolane and his wife Sue rehearse for a show at the Barnawartha hall in April 2001.

David's widow, Sue Carolane, sang in several of his choirs. She said: "He could form some pretty ordinary raw material into something really, really good because he was so inspiring. He inspired his choristers first and orchestras, and the audience as a result." In a 2014 interview, David remarked: "Singing in choirs is a wonderful way of forging friendships and achieving something". (Howie, J. Border Mail, 6 February 2022).

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David Carolane and Kathleen McGuire at a cafe in Ivanhoe, May 2017 (photo courtesy of Kathleen McGuire)

Current conductor of the Tudor Choristers, Dr Kathleen McGuire, was approached by David when she was first appointed as music director in 2017. They soon became friends, with David sharing his ideas about programming and recruitment and other aspects of developing the "Tudors". He offering continued support through frequent phone calls and coming to Melbourne for concerts.

He offered advice prior to Tudors winning the Boroondara Eisteddfod in 2020. David and Kathleen shared similar philosophies around the value of choral music and its relevance in society today.

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David Carolane giving Kathleen McGuire a backstage 'pep talk', June 2019.

"I truly appreciated David's many words of wisdom and always felt privileged to receive his encouragement. I was a bit of a DC 'groupie' back in my undergraduate days, often attending his concerts in the 1980s, so it has been a real thrill getting to know him and to receive his mentoring these past five years. He will be sorely missed by the thousands of people whose lives he impacted. I am dedicated to continuing his work through the music-making of the Tudor Choristers." (Kathleen McGuire, 2022).

These anniversary concerts in David Carolane's honour are a testament to his legacy, continuing to forge friendships, inspire beautiful choral music, and delight audiences. The thousands affected will be forever in his debt.


SHAUNTAI BATZKE, Wiradjuri soprano soloist (25 Sept only)

Shauntai is a principal artist with Short Black Opera and an Alumna of the Melba Opera Trust. Shauntai holds a BMus at the Melbourne Conservatorium UniMelb. Has spent two summers in New York in vocal and performance training at Belle Arti Center of the Arts and in 2019 gave a world premiere of her original chamber and orchestral compositions at the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival ‘19. Shauntai made her debut as a solo artist with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2020 singing ‘Long Time Living Here’, A musical Acknowledgement of Country composed by Deborah Cheetham AO and sang this same piece for the opening of each performance of MSO’s 2021 season of Peter and the Wolf at Hamer Hall. In June 2021, Shauntai made her debut performance with Victorian Opera in Deborah Cheetham AO’s new opera 'Parrwang Lifts the Sky'. Noted productions include; Pecan Summer (Short Black Opera), Ragtime, Showboat (The Production Company), Beginning of Nature (Australian Dance Theatre), RICERCAR (Present Tense Ensemble), Fidelio (Melbourne Opera) and Corrugation Road (Black Swan Theatre)


Hugh has performed throughout England and Australia, and has had solo recitals broadcast on ABC FM. Locally, he has appeared with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, The Consort of Melbourne, The Sydney Chamber Choir, Trinity College Choir at The University of Melbourne, Ormond College Choir, The Victorian Arts Centre Trust, Opera in the Alps, and The Australian Choral Symposium, amongst a host of other local ensembles as keyboard artist. He has regularly appeared as organist in music festivals, including the Melbourne Festival, Adelaide Festival, Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Peninsula Summer Music Festival, The St Kilda Festival, Southern Grampians Promenade of Sacred Music, and The Wangaratta International Festival of Jazz. As both organist and pianist his work can be heard on ABC FM Classics and Move Records labels. In his recent role of Organist and Master of the Choristers at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Wangaratta, his high-level directing, soloist and accompanying skills, his numerous arrangements, compositions and imaginative repertoire programming, in addition to the establishment of a concert series engaging and collaborating with a wide range of Australian musicians and ensembles, elevated this regional cathedral music program to amongst the finest of its type nationally.

JERZY KOZLOWZKI, bass soloist

Jerzy's extensive choral experience began in England, working with The Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chorus, the Collegium Musicum of London and the Saltarello Choir.After moving to Australia, Jerzy worked regularly with the Victoria State Opera and has performed with Opera Australia in every Melbourne season since 1996. He has also worked with Ozopera, Melbourne Opera Company, Operalive, Melbourne City Opera and Victorian Opera in roles such as Sparafucile in Rigoletto, the title role in Nyman’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Grandpa Moss in Copland’s The Tender Land, Dr Bartolo in Barber of Seville and Leuthold in Rossini’s Guillaume Tell. Jerzy has sung solo with all major Melbourne choral groups in repertoire ranging from Handel’s Messiah to Verdi’s Requiem and solo recitals include performances of Shostakovich’s Suite on Verses by Michelangelo and Four Verses of Captain Lebyadkin. He has performed in many premieres of works by Australian composers such as Richard Mills, Johanna Selleck, Helen Gifford and Iain Grandage, including two song cycles written especially for him by Michael Bertram and Lawrence Whiffin.

Dr KATHLEEN MCGUIRE, Music Director, Tudor Choristers

Kathleen has conducted the Tudor Choristers since 2017. Born in Melbourne and with a stellar career spanning more than three decades in seven countries, Kathleen has directed choral and instrumental ensembles on international stages including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and Sydney Opera House. She earned her doctorate in conducting at the University of Colorado, Boulder (USA), Master of Music with Distinction at University of Surrey (UK) as a Rotary Ambassadorial Fellow, Graduate Diploma in Education at Monash University, Graduate Diploma in conducting at the Victorian College of the Arts and BMus in composition at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. She studied conducting with Robert Rosen, Nicholas Braithwaite, Theodore Kuchar, Dr Joan Catoni Conlon, Dr Owen Rees, Nicholas Conran and Robert Spillman, while also receiving mentoring from Simone Young AO, Marin Alsop, Christopher Martin, Sian Edwards and David Carolane OAM. Kathleen lived in the USA for almost two decades, where “Kathleen McGuire Day” was designated on two occasions by mayors of San Francisco. She was named “Local Hero” by ABC-TV, and The American Prize awarded her work several times in the Professional Composer Division. Kathleen returned to Australia in 2013. In additional to freelance conducting and composing, she is a Lecturer in Education (Music) at the Faculty of Education and Arts, Australian Catholic University.

SALLY MORRIS, soprano soloist (17 Sept only)

Sally Morris first met David Carolane at the age of ten, as the daughter of one of his Murray Conservatorium choristers, and went on to train with him as a treble, chiefly in his Albury-based children's choir. Some 25 years later, after a long hiatus from choral music, Sally sat with 'DC' to at an end of year Christmas party after he insisted she join in with some caroling. By the end of the set, Sally found she had been conscripted into David's a cappella Vocal Consort... and subsequently was talked into singing lessons. Sally has continued musical studies begun with David, and sings in several local choirs. As a part of Albury chamber choir Lux Alba, and the Murray Conservatorium Vocal Consort, she has performed a wide repertoire of intricate one-voice-per-part sacred and secular a cappella arrangements from different periods, from medieval through to modern, featuring the work of early composers Tallis, Byrd, Scarlatti, Monteverdi, Gesualdo, Lotti, though to Whitacre, along with the orchestral grand scale chorus works from greats such as Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and Fauré. Sally also sings regularly within the Anglican tradition and particularly enjoys preparing for Evensong services which feature works by Stanford, Wallmsly, Croft, Britten, Gibbons and Purcell as part of church choir at St Matthew's Albury. She has sung frequently as a guest member of several choirs, local and further afield, including the Melbourne Philharmonic, the Wangaratta Cathedral Choir, Beechworth's Women in Harmony, the Opera in the Alps chorus and in chorus work for Sally Anne Russell and Mario Dobernig at the Albury Chamber Music Festival. As a soloist, Sally has performed as the at the local Tunes on Tuesday recital series, and at local venue Adamshurst, singing arias, lieder and art-songs as well as collaborating on duet work in a variety of traditions, secular and sacred. Fauré's haunting Pie Jesu holds a particularly special place in Sally's heart, as it is one of the first works David selected for her to study. She is honoured to have sung this same work at David's funeral, and now once more, for Albury iteration of Tudor Choristers' Forever memorial tribute concert.


Janette is a pianist, organist and flutist. She graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Music degree and works as a piano teacher and accompanist in several Melbourne schools. Her vast experience includes serving as the organist at Trinity Uniting Church and as guest artist for the Tudor Choristers and Star Chorale. Janette accompanies students for University, VCE and AMEB examinations and is the regular

accompanist of Victoria Chorale.

MARGARET PHILLIPS, conductor, the Carolane Choir

​Margaret (pictured left) has been involved in the musical life of the North East region of Victoria since 1989, directing the Beechworth Singers since 1991. Margaret taught voice at the Murray Conservatorium for six years, after several years of teaching in Melbourne, Beechworth and Wangaratta. She has been a soloist for the Wangaratta Choristers, the Murray Conservatorium Choir, the Chamber Choir and the St Matthew's Consort as well as giving solo and duet recitals. She also directs an occasional ensemble, “Women in Harmony”, and other small groups. She has also acted as accompanist for many groups in the region.