Singers stay because they love to sing
Lorna Clauson and Grant Peterson have been singing their hearts out for the past 40 years.
The foundation members signed up to the South Auckland Choral Society in 1975.
The society was originally formed for celebrations to mark Papakura reaching 20,000 residents.
Rehearsals started in October 1974 and its members sang Bach's St John Passion at Crossroads Methodist Church in the celebrations in March 1975.
About 43 people joined the group initially. The three original members still performing are Grant, Lorna and Peter O'Brien.
"A choir is always a challenge. It's the best team sport going, full of energy. It's intellectual and great fitness," Grant says.
And one thing keeps them coming to rehearsals - they just love to sing.
The choir is looking for new members to help with its 40th anniversary celebrations. Past members are also welcome to get back in touch.
Singers will be performing Mozart's Requiem Mass as their first performance for the year on Palm Sunday, April 13.
Long-term, the choir will be singing Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace on Anzac Day next year.
It was first sung by the choir at the Auckland Town Hall in 2008. The second performance will mark the World War 1 centennial commemorations.
All voices will be welcomed to the society, including sopranos, altos, tenors and basses. Auditions will show where the singer is best placed.
Call Lorna on 298 3536 or email email@example.com to join the choir or to learn more about the upcoming anniversary celebrations.