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backReference #: 000083 Director Don Whitbread leads the Woden Valley Youth Choir outside Lanyon Homestead

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Reference Number:000083
Event/Occasion: Canberra Day celebrations 1981
Title/Caption: Director Don Whitbread leads the Woden Valley Youth Choir outside Lanyon Homestead
Photographer :Porter, Michael
Date taken:07/03/1981
Suburb: Tharwa
State: ACT
People featured: Whitbread, Don
Relation: Is part of the Canberra Times Collection
Keywords: microphones, music conductors, musical events and activities, children, chimneys, choirs, concerts, corrugated iron roofs, dormer windows, uniforms, verandas, historic buildings
Comments:Published in the Canberra Times 8 March 1981, p. 1. The Woden Valley Youth Choir was founded in February 1969 when conductor, Don Whitbread, and his pianist wife, Barbara, issued an invitation to local children soon after moving to Canberra. From an initial 22 singers the choir quickly grew to a membership of 70. The choir gives regular local concerts, makes both national and international tours, performs at significant commemorative events, and by mid 2008 had recorded several music albums and a television special. Don Whitbread retired in 1996, the year he was named Canberran of the Year, and Alpha Gregory, a well-known Canberra choral director and music educator, became artistic director. More information - Benjamin Gordon. The Woden Valley Youth Choir. Twenty Years On. 1988. The Choir’s website at