The Winthrop Singers is a choral programme based at the School of Music and St George’s College, open by audition to undergraduate students at UWA. Its Director is Nicholas Bannan. The choir has an optimum membership of 26 singers, plus 1-2 student accompanists (organ and piano). The balance of parts is: 8 sopranos; 6 altos (female contraltos and male counter-tenors); 6 tenors; 6 basses.
Prospective members will be interested in singing a varied repertoire of mostly a cappella music. The Winthrop Singers is the choir in residence at St George’s College Chapel by kind invitation of the Warden of the College). The choir led its first Evensong on March 8th 2007 and is thus completing its 10th Anniversary Year, which culminates in a concert in Fremantle on March 18th. Other milestones in the WS’s development have included: regular themed services attended by the Vice Chancellor and other guests; lunchtime concerts as part of the School of Music weekly series; singing at dawn from Winthrop Tower on September 1st; performance and recording of compositions and arrangements by members of the choir; participating in 2007 and 2013 in public workshops with the professional choir, The Song Company, from Sydney; concerts at New Norcia sponsored by the Spanish Embassy, the music of which was also recorded for our three CDs; the premier in 2013 of Philip Gearing’s Prop Patria Mori and its subsequent CD recording; tours to Singapore, China, Albany, Kalgoorlie and Geraldton; participation in Verdi’s Requiem with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra; and a series of highly popular Christmas events. Service repertoire has included: Monteverdi, Haydn, Rutter, Fauré and Bruckner with instrumental ensemble; an African Mass with drums; and music from every period of the Anglican and Catholic traditions, including works by Byrd, Tallis, Gibbons, Purcell, Wesley, Tippett, Guerrero, Victoria, Bruckner and Stanford. The choir has also developed a ‘light’ repertoire of Broadway hits and jazz standards.
The choir also annually performs a commemoration service for ANZAC Day, and tours within WA at the end of each Semester.