The Buderim Male Choir is the longest continually serving community choir and the only choir on the Sunshine Coast singing in the tradition of the classic Welsh male voice choir.
The choir was formed by Don Brown in 1974. Don was a member of the Sydney Male Choir before retiring to Buderim. He looked around for singers to establish a male quartet but the response was so good he found he had a full male choir. His wife Daphne was the accompanist.
Bert Davies took over as conductor in 1985 when ill health forced Don's retirement.
Since that time the choir has had six conductors including two ladies. In addition the choir has had eight accompanists.
While called the Buderim Male Choir, members have always come from all over the Sunshine Coast from Cooroibah in the north to Glasshouse Mountains in the south and from Mapleton in the hinterland to Coolum on the coast.
The choir sings in the classic Welsh tradition of four part harmony – first tenor, second tenor, baritone and bass, the melody being sung from time to time by one or other of the groups.
The choir recognises its audiences are mainly seniors, the repertoire being selected to appeal to this group. The choir performs throughout the year for community groups and to raise funds for local charities or worthwhile causes.
Members gather to rehearse each Monday evening between 7:00pm and 9:30pm at the Uniting Church, Cnr King Street & Gloucester Road, Buderim.
Musical Director Mitch Meyer's motivation in the practice of choral music is formed by his belief that it stands on its own as a wholly separate art form. "It has always been my intention to raise the profile of choral singing and to expose singers and audiences to all its beauty."
Being a member of the choir is not necessarily all about singing. Members also enjoy the social and health benefits that their choir involvement engenders. Open to men of all ages, the choir welcomes new members and encourages anyone thinking about joining to talk to a choir member or contact the secretary.
Contact Details for Buderim Male Choir
Mail: PO Box 1203 Buderim Qld 4556
Phone: 04 2900 9897