History

Singers at Carols by Candlelight in 1990 saw a need for a community choir in Coffs Harbour and the Conservatorium Choir was subsequently established in February 1991. Hal Evans and Marianne O’Connor are credited with training choir in its initial stages of development.

The choir became Coffs Harbour City Choir in June, 1992 and remained under the direction of Hal Evans, with the sponsorship of the Coffs Coast Advocate.

A further name change to Coffs City Choir occurred shortly thereafter and before choir’s first official performance in October, 1992. Hal Evans continued to lead choir until his retirement in 1996 and choir’s founding conductor passed away in March, aged 92.

After a period during which the membership dwindled, choir ultimately engaged a new Conductor Errol Grice, in 1998 and the membership grew back to its previous levels.

Margaret Fisher was the Conductor from mid 2009 to early 2014. Her enthusiasm and passionate love of choral music was a real boost to the choir, which won sections of the Coffs Eisteddfod. Audiences regularly commented on choir member’s diction and joy in their singing. Margaret formed a great group of singers, conductor and accompanist.

The experienced Elizabeth Slottje led the choir in 2014 and then long-term member Margaret Wright led the choir until the end of 2016.

Linda Cochrane, an experienced musician and conductor now leads the choir, with Brandon Swain as our very able accompanist.