STORIES TO TELL: Toowoomba singer Elaine Coates will perform A Singing of Stories in Dalby.
STORIES TO TELL: Toowoomba singer Elaine Coates will perform A Singing of Stories in Dalby. Contributed

A song of celebration for Australian composers

ELAINE Coates has had a love of music and performing since she was seven years old and this passion for the arts is the driving force behind her upcoming performance, ASinging of Stories.

A Singing of Stories will feature Ms Coates performing songs and poetry by 13 Australian female composers, as well as some original pieces about her own life.

"I've always been a great supporter of Australian music and always thought that whenever people did exams, concerts or eisteddfods, there never seemed to be too many Australian composers,” shesaid.

"I've always been a big advocate of using Australian composers, so I figured for this performance I'd better put my money where my mouth is.

"There's just so much gorgeous music around that's Australian, whether it be the amazing women composers of the 20th century or the women composers that are around right now.”

Ms Coates has a post-graduate diploma in vocal pedagogy from the Queensland Conservatorium and teaches vocal lessons to a number of Dalby residents.

"I love teaching all kinds of singing but I especially love classical and I love jazz,” Ms Coates said.

Fay Miller will accompany Ms Coates on piano for this celebration of Australian composers.

The performance will also feature the vocal talents of Dalby's Neville Wilkie and the Silver Sounds Choir.

Silver Sounds coordinator Helen Gleeson said the choir was sounding great, despite numbers being slightly lower this year.

"We enjoy singing as a community contribution and we're trying to maintain singing repertoire as a four-part harmony for as long as we can,” Ms Gleeson said.

"We're small in number but we're high in spirit.”

A Singing of Stories will be at 3pm on Sunday, April 30, at St John's Anglican Church in Cunningham St, Dalby.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students/ concession and can be purchased at Ricardo's Shoes or at the door.


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