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Sing Your Own Handel’s Messiah a musical triumph for Cooma & Young

Last Saturday, buy information pills Cooma’s Multifunction Centre was the venue for Cooma’s very own Sing Your Own Handel’s Messiah. This years event saw over one hundred singers come from Cooma, viagra sale Jindabyne, diagnosis Bombala, Young, Sydney, Canberra, the South Coast as well as Queensland to participate.

The singers included members of the public as well as choristers from Cooma Harmony Chorus, Monaro Youth Choir, and The Choir of the Southern Cross fromYoung Regional School of Music.The singers were given a full day of intensive training in a workshop, followed by a public performance at 4.00 pm.

The massed choir was accompanied by a twenty-three piece professional orchestra, The Australian Graduates Orchestra. The performance also featured four wonderful vocal soloists, Elizabeth Shearer, a soprano from Queensland, Ellen Malone, an alto from Sydney, Robert Shearer, a tenor from Cooma and Mark Brooker, a bass from Young.

Rodney Clancy, and his wife, Julia (who played viola in the orchestra) organised the whole event. Rodney directed the all day workshop as well as conducted the afternoon performance. An audience of close to one hundred was enthralled by the beauty and majesty of this much loved work and of course the exciting and dynamic performances given by all these wonderful musicians. The whole event was a tribute to all evolved especially, Rodney, who gave a marathon effort.

On Sunday, the very next day, the entire Sing Your Own Handel’s Messiah, workshop and concert, was repeated in Young at their town hall by the same ensemble of enthusiastic musicians. This repeat performance was very much apreciated by an audience of close to two hundred people. It was, needless to say, a huge musical weekend for all these dedicated performers.

In the near future, Rodney Clancy has great plans through his Clancy Music Productions to tour these sorts of “mega-musical events” all over country NSW and eventually Australia. He plans, however, to keep Cooma the centre of his expanding operations.

Handel’s Messiah 2012 Cooma-Young Tour 24th & 25th November

Clancy Music presents:

Handel’s Messiah 2012

Soloists: Elizabeth Shearer, about it Ellen Malone, Robert Shearer, Mark Brooker

Experience the splendor and majesty of one of the greatest works written by George Frideric Handel.

Cooma Concert:

  • Saturday 24 November
  • 4.00pm
  • Cooma Multifunction Centre, Cooma Showgrounds

Cooma Tickets:

  • Adult $15
  • Concession $10
  • Student $5

Get your tickets now at The Fabric Salon, 82 Vale Street Cooma NSW 2630

Young Concert:

  • Sunday 25 November
  • 4.00pm
  • Young Town Hall

Young Tickets:

  • Adult $15
  • Concession $10
  • Student $5

Get your tickets now at The Young Regional Conservatorium of Music, or M&M’s Music Studios, Shop 2/52-66 Boorowa St Young NSW 2594

Would you like to sing in the Messiah?

Places are available for singers in these performances. Choir workshops will be conducted at each of the venues on the days of the performances starting at 9.30am.

So if would  like to sing in the choir for either or both of the performances book your place with Rodney Clancy on 0408 488 749.

 About (from clancymusic.com.au):

Robert Shearer (tenor)

Cooma’s own production of Handel’s Messiah is on the 24th November 2012.  This year we will be gathering singers from further a field including Young, Cooma, Canberra, Jindabyne, Bombala, Regional NSW and the South Coast.  A Chamber Orchestra made up of hand picked musicians, they will be professional, semi-professional and amateurs combining to achieve a rich sound.  Don’t panic if you are new to Messiah as we are only learning a portion of the 3 hour long work.  There is a selection of chorus items and solo parts all accompanied by Orchestra.

The cost to participate is $15 per person.  This will be for a 1 day of extensive rehearsal and the concert in the evening all held at the Cooma Multifunction Centre. Singers will have to learn the music before the day of the performance in your own time.  To register your interest in participating this year as either an individual or to register the participation of your whole choir please email info@clancymusic.com.au

Last year saw an amazing amount of singers and a huge energy with over 100 singers and the audience was able to just fit into the hall.  With that said, this year should be even better and bigger. A new venue for this year to allow for the larger performance cast.  So come and join us in Cooma for the spectacular.

The day will start at the Cooma Multifunction Centre at 9:30am, located just off Boundary street Cooma. We will learn and workshop the 6 chorus items selected from the entire work and work with the orchestra and soloists on the performance at 4pm.

We are still accepting new singers to start with the music, please feel free to join us, even if you have not sung in a long time or ever before as we should be able to have a fun day and create some wonderful music.


Amazing news, this year we will be also performing Handel’s Messiah in Young at the wonderful Town Hall.  This concert in Young will be on Sunday 25th November 2012.  The concert will also be showcasing local singers from the Young region as well as tourists from the Cooma production making the hike to Young for the day.  Yes, you can sing in both productions should you be interested and keen.  In fact it would be encouraged.  We are arranging for performers to be billeted in each others home towns to reduce costs but of course people can find their own accommodation and make a great weekend of this event should you desire.  For those singers wanting to perform in both concerts and experience this wonderful work twice in two days then they will also have to pay for each day. $30 for both days experiencing performing in Cooma and in Young.

A great big thanks to the wonderful hosts for the Young performance, ‘The Choir of the Southern Cross’.  The help and support that they have offered to make this event happen has been extraordinary.


The Schirmer Edition of the complete vocal score is recommended and available at Cooma School of Music for $13.00. Phone (02) 6452 6067 to reserve your copy.

We will stage a professional group of soloists to perform the solo roles and a professional Orchestra will accompany the performance in both Cooma and Young. To register your interest in participating this year as either an individual or to register the participation of your whole choir please email: info@clancymusic.com.au

Please make sure you do announce your interest in participating in this event by sending an email to us, we must be able to get the music to you and know numbers for staging and catering reasons.  Thanks in advance and we all look forward to this exciting weekend of Messiah.  Get your friends to come and sing with you but also bring some to watch the concerts too.

Just to let you all know, Clancy Music Productions Pty Ltd will organise a tour of Handel’s Messiah to many regional centres of NSW with a large cast.  Our intention is to tour with approx 200 – 300 singers and a large Orchestra and Soloists to perform and work with local singers at each location with a concert to follow that experience at each location.  For more details of this tour in 2014 please keep your eyes here.  It is intended that CMP will hire a Train with meals and accommodation facilities for all onboard for ease of costs and travel as well. An exciting tour for any music lover and train lovers alike.  Non-performing passengers will also be able to participate in this tour.


Handel’s Messiah – Saturday 12 November 2011

Experience the splendor and majesty of one of the greatest works written by George Frideric Handel.

(You don’t need to sing you can just come to listen and enjoy)

Soloists Elizabeth Shearer, see Bronwyn Douglas, patient Robert Shearer and Joshua Burke will be accompanied by a chorus of local singers and chamber orchestra conducted by Rodney Clancy.

A limited number of Audience Tickets are now available at The Fabric Salon, 42 Vale Street, Cooma.

  • $25 Adults
  • $20 Concessions
  • $15 SMAC Members
  • $5 Children

Any tickets that might be left over will be sold at the door.

For Phone Bookings call 6452 3480

Sing Your Own Handel’s Messiah, Concert Details:

  • When: Saturday 12 November 2011 Rehearsals from 9.00 am, Evening Performance 7.00 pm
  • Where: St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, Commissioner Street, Cooma

The Soloist:
Elizabeth Shearer

Elizabeth Shearer has been studying voice for 9 years both privately and through the Queensland Conservatorium. She is currently undertaking her third year of a Bachelor of Music degree (Majoring in voice) under the direction of the acclaimed Professor Jan Delpratt.

Elizabeth has recently had roles in the Queensland Conservatoriums Production of two of Puccini’s one-act operas; Gianni Schicchi & Suor Angelica. She has also performed in the university’s production of Purcell’s Fairy Queen (2011), Massenet’s Cendrillon (2010), Handel’s Saul (2009), and the Val Machin Opera Scenes (2009, 2010). She has been a featured soloist at Albert St Uniting Church, soloist in the MTAQ highlights Queen St Mall (2010) and QPSR Carols On The Rails (2007).

She has performed as a member of chorus in Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, Mahler’s Second Symphony, Faure’s Requiem and Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the Brisbane Chorale and in an excerpt of Puccini’s Turandot as part of the Encounters Music Festival (2010).

Joshua Burke

Joshua Burke is a 3rd year student at the ANU’s School of Music and is studying under Rohan Thatcher. He is currently a scholar at the Wesley Uniting Church in Forest, ACT. As a student of the School of Music he has participated in the productions of Dido and Aeneas and the world premiere of Grimm and the Blue Crown Owl.
Joshua discovered his passion for singing when he got involved with his high schools A’Capella group and Barbershop Quartet. He wishes to continue his study of singing into the future

Robert Shearer

Robert Shearer is a gifted tenor and singing teacher. He commenced his studies in 1999, and has undergone extensive vocal training and music studies in some of Australia’s leading tertiary music institutions.
Robert received a Bachelor of Music (Performance) from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, studying there with Adele Nesbit. Since then he has completed a Master of Music in Voice and Opera at the ANU School of Music under the tutelage of Stephen Bennett, during which time he was a Wesley Scholar. He is currently a student of heldentenor Glenn Winslade.
Robert has a great affinity with English art song and 20th century classical music, especially the works of Britten, Le Gallienne and Rubbra.
In 2009 he furthered his studies in correct vocal production by participating in Neil Semer’s Australian Vocal workshop; this workshop also helped to give him a wider view of the performance of vocal music.
In addition to singing, Robert has been composing since 2005 with a number of orchestral and vocal works to his name.

Proudly Presented by Snowy Monaro Arts Council

Messiah Rehearsals

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The Messiah - 12th November

Extra Messiah rehearsals with Leslie Spencer for the all singers (SATB) in the chorus are planned for:

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pharm sans-serif;”>Monday 7 November at 7.00 pm at St Pauls Anglican Church Hall, (behind the church in Commissioner Street)

Free of charge – All welcome.

Leslie has also been doing some more rehearsals for the individual parts. Please contact her for details. Mobile: 0428 907 510

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