Sängerfest 2011 / Tanunda Liedertafel 150th Jubilee

SA's Barossa Valley

South Australia was again the host state for the 15th Sängerfest on the occasion of Tanunda Liedertafel's 150th Jubilee celebrations on the long weekend of 1st - 3rd October, 2011. The location was South Australia's beautiful Barossa Valley, with 16 choirs in attendance from all round Australia.

The weekend commenced with a civic reception in the Tanunda Town Hall on Friday night, when the Mayor of the Barossa Council Mr Brian Hurn OAM hosted a function for the presidents of participating choirs and other distinguished guests.

On Saturday we assembled at Tanunda's magnificent Arts Centre for the performances of individual choirs (see below), compered by Tanunda's Phil Lamb. The concert went smoothly and finished on time despite the high number of choirs.

On Saturday night choirs and guests assembled in Tanunda's Show Hall for the traditional dinner and cabaret. With mild weather prevailing in SA during the preceding week nobody expected what eventuated. It was cold! There were no brass monkeys in sight as people shivered, danced vigorously and partook of abundant Barossa wine in order to keep warm. Luckily the meal that was served was warm and much appreciated.

On Sunday we had the Massed Choirs concert (see below), which was a huge success. Brian Gilbertson and his  friends were very entertaining, and put on a great show. As usual the massed choirs were in fine voice, and the audience left very satisfied.

The weekend ended on Monday with "brunch" at the Show Hall, where participants mingled with choir members from all over Australia to renew frienships and old acquaintances.

Saturday Afternoon

Official welcome - Dieter Mittasch (President ASB),
Vaughan Heenan (President Tanunda Liedertafel)

 The performing choirs
(in order of appearance):

Tanunda Liedertafel (SA)
Conductor: Robert Homburg OAM
Accompanist: Gwenda Rees OAM

Das Morgenrot (Pracht)
Im Abendrot (Schubert)
Wer is unser Mann (Zöllner)
Heimat Chor (WA)
Conductor: Glenn Rogers
Accompanist: Hazel Potts

Blue Danube (Strauss)
Heimatland (Dostal)
Adieu mein kleine Gardeoffizier (Rössl)
Chor Alpenfrieden 1980 (SA)
Conductor: Peter Ruys
Accompanist: Jeffrey Kong

Pfüat di Gott, Schiane Alma (Horak)
Abendchor (Kreutzer)
Die Sunn is schon abe (Volkslied)
Die Perle Tirols [Kufsteinlied] (Ganzer)
Harmonie Chor (ACT)
Conductor: Geoff Roberts
Accompanist: Amy Wiggins

Harmonie (Dieffenbacher)
Heidenröslein (Werner)
Heimatmelodie (Fischer)
Hahndorf Liedertafel (SA)
Conductor: Trevor Sawyer
Accompanist: Alexander Paine

Der Lindenbaum (Schubert)
Wiegenlied (Mozart)
Bundeslied (Mozart)
Pferde zu vieren traben (Zoll)
Deutscher Volkslieder Chor 1954 (SA)
Conductor: Peter Ruys
Accompanist: Jeffrey Kong

Wahre Freundschaft (Lehner)
Amboss Polka (Steinfeld)
Am Rhein - Beim Wein medley
Templer Choir (VIC)
Conductor: Monika Strasser

Lobe den Herren (Distler)
Frühlingslied (Mendelssohn)
Spreewaldmorgen (Hösl)
Concordia Choir Tempe (NSW)
Conductor: Dr Tamara Carlin

Allhier auf grüner Heid' (Trad)
Rätsel (von Fallersleben)
Erlaube mir fein's Mädchen (Brahms)
Chianti Lied (Winkler)
Liedertafel Arion 1860 (VIC)
Conductor: Valentino Gamboz
Accompanist: Natalya Vagner

Das Lied (Spohr)
You'll Never Walk Alone (Hammerstein)
Im weissen Rössl am Wolfgangsee (Walzer)
Adelaider Liedertafel 1858 (SA)
Conductor: Peter Ruys

Wandern im Mai (Gellert)
Der Jäger Abschied (Mendelssohn)
Aus der Traube (Kerner)
Singkreis 1994 Austrian-Australian Club Gold Coast (QLD)
Conductor: Robert Raup
Accompanist: Liz Fyfe

Andachtsjodler (Gruber)
Ja, ja der Chiantiwein (Winkler)
Pustertaler Jodler (Trad)
Horch was kommt von draussen rein (Trad)
Liedertafel/Liederkranz Brisbane (QLD)
Conductor: Leo Keller
Accompanist: Olga Lipsky

Ich fang für euch den Sonnenschein (White)
Amboss Polka (Steinfeld)
Rot sind die Rosen (Jonet/Jourdan/Michael)
Deutscher Männerchor Sanssouci Wollongong (NSW)
Conductor: Günter Arndt
Accompanist: Marjorie Kirkwood

Stürmischer Morgen (Shepherd)
Frühmorgens zieh ich aus dem Tor (Schrader)
American Folksong Potpourri (Groll)
White Horse Inn Medley (Benatzky/Stolz)
Austrian Choir Canberra (ACT)
Conductor: Günter Brandstetter
Accompanist: Liz Fyfe

Sei gepriesen du lauschige Nacht (Ziehrer)
Abschied vom Walde (Mendelssohn)
Ich hab' dich lieb beim Wein (Lehner)
Cäcilien Chor Croyden 1956 (NSW)
Conductor: Eckhard Kemmerer
Accompanist: Jimmy Tsui

Die Auserwählte (Silcher)
Liebling, mein Herz lässt dich grüssen (Heymann)
An Giulietta (van Beethoven)
Lobethal Harmony Club 1878 (SA)
Conductor: Geoffrey Roberts
Accompanist: Helen Schubert

Heidenröslein (Werner)
Serenade (Schubert)
A Roman War Song (Wagner)

Sunday Afternoon

Welcome - Member of Legislative Council Hon. Carmel Zollo

National Anthems of Australia, Germany and Austria
(led by massed choirs conducted by Robert Homburg OAM and
accompanied by Gwenda Rees OAM)

Massed Male Choirs

Jägerchor (CM von Weber)
In der Ferne (Silcher)
Die Himmel Rühmen (van Beethoven)
The afternoon was compered by the very talented Brian Gilbertson, who not only ran the concert with aplomb but also sang and danced his way through the show. He was very ably assisted by husband and wife team Ruth Bormann (soprano) and Ian Vayne (baritone), and Florin Radulescu provided wonderful piano accompaniment. Their performances included:

Ian: Der Soldat (Schumann)

Ruth: Lied an der Mond (Dvorak)

Ruth and Brian: Love Unspoken (Lehar)

Brian and Ian: Gendarmes Duet (Offenbach)
This was performed as a duet between a ventriloquist (Brian) and his dummy (Ian). Hilarious!

Brian: Ave Maria (Caccini)

Ian and Ruth: The Song That Goes Like This (Idle/du Prez)
Tanunda Liedertafel (SA)
Conductor: Robert Homburg OAM
Accompanist: Gwenda Rees OAM

Schäfers Sonntagslied (Kreuzer)
My Lord, What a Morning (Trad, arr Gilliam)
An die Musik (Schubert)
Men of Harlech (Trad)
Ian: Ol' Man River (Kern)

Ruth:Can't  Help Lovin' dat Man (Kern)

Brian and Ian: A Man is a Man (Sexton)

Ruth, Brian and Ian: Libbiamo ne' Lieti Calici (Verdi)
Massed Choirs

So Ein Tag (Olias)
Heimat (Hansen)

This page was last updated Wednesday, 19 October 2011