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Singers Salute Silver Anniversary

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Blackbutt Singers founder Maree Hammond, president Sandra Marshall, Toowoomba councillor Cr Megan O'Hara Sullivan, music director Judy Lawrence and South Burnett mayor Keith Campbell

November 30, 2016

The Blackbutt Singers – plus friends from many other local community choirs – packed into Yarraman’s Memorial Hall on Sunday afternoon for a very special concert.

The group decided to celebrate their 25th anniversary with a string of choral performances, singing alone and alongside other community choirs.

The Blackbutt Singers have about 30 members these days, coming from Taromeo to Kingaroy.

¬†Toowoomba mayor Paul Antonio, who officially opened the concert, summed up the Blackbutt Singers with a simple saying: “From little things big things grow …”¬†

“The Blackbutt Singers have packed a lot into these 25 years … when you realise this organisation started with only five or six members.”

Other choirs to perform at the anniversary concert included the Esk Community Choir, which has a long relationship with the Blackbutt Singers; men’s group Vocal Mayhem; South Burnett Chorale and the Caboolture Community Choir.

The concert concluded with a massed performance by all choirs followed by afternoon tea.

Caboolture Community Choir members Amanda Jensen, from Caboolture; and Malcolm Hargreave, Peachester

Margie Williams and Mona Schulte-Huermann, from the South Burnett Chorale

Laurelle Olsson and John Horchner, from the Caboolture Choir

Vocal Mayhem members ... from left, Clive Reinbott, Kingaroy; Steve Upton, Kingaroy; Clowry Kennell, Murgon; Peter Smith, Murgon; and Roy Stallwood, Kingaroy

Toowoomba mayor Paul Antonio and South Burnett mayor Keith Campbell

The Blackbutt Singers opened the concert with a very appropriate song: "Music Has Brought Us Together"

Maree Lansdown, from Fernvale, and Sue Cox, from Moore ... members of the Esk Community Choir

Andy Jones, Esk; and Tom Byrne, Laidley; from the Esk Community Choir

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