After more than 13 years Wallace Bruce has retired as conductor of the Yarrawonga Mulwala Ecumenical Choir.January 30, 2014 9:30am
The festive season brought some wonderful choral music to Yarrawonga as the choir performed at various functions in the lead-up to Christmas, culminating in the Christmas celebration of “Nine Lessons and Carols” at St Cuthbert’s Anglican Church just prior to Christmas, and the Epiphany service at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in January.
The choir began more than thirty years ago, bringing the Anglican “Nine Lessons and Carols” service to St. Cuthbert’s at Christmas.
This year’s celebration of that service was a fitting night for the choir and the wider church communities to acknowledge the retirement of Wallace Bruce as conductor and musical director, and to make a presentation to him, as Wallace’s involvement spans the whole lifetime of the choir.
Wallace was a foundation member of the choir, singing with the basses for many years, and for the last thirteen or more years he has been the choir’s conductor and musical director.
Michael Jones, choir member and parish priest at St. Cuthbert’s, spoke warmly of Wallace’s involvement in the choir since its inception, and for the professionalism he has brought to the choir.
Michael acknowledged and thanked Wallace for the time he has given to the choir over the years, attending conducting schools, sourcing a richly diverse range of music from suppliers around the world, dealing with the ever increasing complexity of copyright issues, and mastering the sound system now used by the choir with the intricacies of the use of backing tracks for rehearsals and performances.
On behalf of the churches Michael thanked Wallace for the way in which his choice of music and leadership of the choir has enriched the worship life of the local Christian community particularly at Christmas and Easter and has brought much pleasure to all those for whom the choir has regularly performed over the years.
Michael also paid tribute to Wallace’s wife Lexie, acknowledging that the choir took a huge amount of Wallace’s time, and expressed the hope that Wallace and Lexie might now have more freedom to enjoy attending the live shows they both love.
Michael concluded by reminding Wallace that while he intends to rejoin the “basses”, they would be holding auditions during January and Wallace would be welcome to apply.
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