Songs worth sharing

May 09, 2018

Turaton Music Company performing at the 2018 Anzac Day ceremony.

Members of Turaton Music Company were once again at this year’s Anzac Day celebration in Tatura’s Mactier Park.

The group has been a part of the commemoration annually since 1953.

Each year they lead the singing of hymns, national anthems and other appropriate songs.

This year, the choir sang Anzac Day, a new composition by music director Shirley Ferguson, which may well be sung each year from now on.

Turaton began as the Tatura Male Choir in 1944 and changed its name in the ’60s to incorporate women into their ranks and acknowledge the role of members from Shepparton.

As well as giving Tatura’s Anzac Day commemorations a distinctive sound, Turaton performs at the annual Carols by Candlelight in Tatura and at the Queens Gardens in Shepparton, which they began in 1974.

In May, Turaton will present Singin’ the Sixties, a performance of music from the 1960s.

Performances include:

■Dookie — Saturday, May 12, 7.30pm: Dookie Uniting Church Hall, Curtain St.

■Tatura — Sunday, May 13, 2pm: Tatura Anglican Church, Francis St.

■Echuca — Saturday, May 19, 2pm: Echuca-Moama Uniting Church, Hare St.

■Murchison — Sunday, May 20, 2pm: Murchison Community Centre, Watson St. Host: Waranga Uniting Churches.

■Shepparton — Sunday, May 27, 2pm: East Shepparton Bowls Club, Zurcas Lane. Host: Turaton Music Company.

The program includes songs by the Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel and those made famous by Elvis, The Seekers, the Righteous Brothers, Matt Monroe and Marty Robbins.

Turaton welcomes new members who enjoy singing and can hold a tune.

■For more information, if you are interested in joining the company, phone Shirley Ferguson on 58241547.

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