Murray Conversatorium Choir founder returns as guest conductor

BACK TO THE PODIUM: John Ross has enjoyed being the guest conductor for the Murray Conservatorium Choir, a group he started in 1982 and led for about four years.

BACK TO THE PODIUM: John Ross has enjoyed being the guest conductor for the Murray Conservatorium Choir, a group he started in 1982 and led for about four years.

A BORDER musician will return to a group he created 35 years ago in two special performances this weekend.

John Ross will conduct the Murray Conservatorium Choir during concerts in Albury on Saturday evening and Walla the following afternoon.

Ross will lead the choir’s performance of Faure’s Requiem while musical director Hugh Fullarton plays the organ accompaniment.

The program’s second half includes medleys from the musicals My Fair Lady and West Side Story as well as songs by Stephen Sondheim, with Fullarton conducting and Robyn Krowicky accompanying on piano.

 Ross, the first director of the conservatorium, founded the choir in 1982 and led the group for about four years. Recently retired as director of music at St Matthew’s Church, Ross said Fullarton invited him to conduct.

“And I thought, ‘Oh, why not? This is a good chance to come back and have a little trip down memory lane,’” he said. “It’s fun, I’m having a good time. They’re in fine voice, a very big choir and they’re coming together very nicely.

“There  are a couple who I believe have not missed one single concert since we formed the choir in ‘82.”

Wodonga’s Rebekah Beall (soprano) and baritone Alan Rayner, of Walla, will be the Faure soloists.

  • The choir will perform at St Matthew’s Church, Albury, on Saturday at 7.30pm and Zion Lutheran Church, Walla, on Sunday at 2.30pm.