The Carlson Chorale female chamber choir, directed by founder and artistic director, Rosalind Carlson OAM, won the Ryde City Council Choral Award at this year’s Ryde Eisteddfod.

The Chorale is pictured with Rosalind Carlson (left) and Mrs. Edna Wilde OAM, the Chairman of the Ryde Eisteddfod.

The Chorale sang “Hymn to the Waters” by Gustav Holst, “God’s Blacksmith” by Kodály and “Adam lay i-bounden” by Britten to gain a score of 92 out of a possible 100.

The Ryde Eisteddfod is celebrating its 30th year in 2018 while the Carlson Chorale is now in its 46th year.

The Carlson Chorale was founded in 1972 by Rosalind Carlson from her former students at Canterbury Girls’ High School and later Hornsby Girls’ High School.  This all female choir is involved in competition, concert, charity and community work.  It has an extensive repertoire which covers a wide range of choral items from the light-hearted and folk idioms through to the more dramatic and intensive compositions.  These include some of the most challenging songs written for female choirs. The Chorale specialises in a cappella singing, especially works by the Hungarian composers Zoltan Kodály and Béla Bartók.

The Chorale can be heard in concert at 3pm on Sunday November 18 in the Convent Chapel, Mt. St. Benedict Convent, Pennant Hills.  All enquiries please call 02 96531066.

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