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In the early 1980s a number of local choristers met and agreed to establish a community choir.  Among those choristers were Mary Cupitt, Joan Snape, Sylvia Webber, Nettie Knox, Barbara Lamb and Val Willis.

In December 1984 a meeting was held at Val’s home with Howard and Sylvia Webber, Mary Cupitt, Judy Seymour and Ted McShea attending. They decided to call a public meeting to test community interest in forming a choir in Redcliffe. Howard Webber, then recently retired, agreed to seek City Council approval to name it the Redcliffe City Choir and requested that an Alderman act as Chairman at a meeting to be held in the Redcliffe Entertainment Centre.  A meeting was held with Alderman Maguire presiding and 42 other interested people attending. Howard Webber was appointed interim president and Val Willis interim secretary.

The Pensioner’s Hall was chosen as the first practice venue.  An interested conductor unfortunately had to leave Redcliffe, so Mary Cupitt offered to lead the choir until a permanent musical director was found.  An advertisement in The Courier Mail led to the appointment of Neil Atkinson as conductor of the choir.

On that first night, in January 1985, 57 people attended and a Committee was formed with Howard Webber as President, Val Willis as Secretary, Barbara Wallace as Treasurer. The other foundation members were Nell Wallace, Nettie Knox, Keith and Janet Franklin, Barbara Lamb, Hugh Cross and Lesley Brown. Theresa Greenslade was appointed as the accompanist.

The Pensioner’s Hall was soon found accoustically unsuitable, therefore the choir moved to St Anne’s Anglican Hall at Scarborough for a time.  The choir was then granted the use of a room at Humpybong State School until a more permanent rehearsal location was made available in the drama room at Soubirous College.  The amalgamation of Soubirous College with De la Salle College led Redcliffe City Choir to its current rehearsal venue, the music room at Grace College.

The choir was incorporated in 1987 with a constitution formulated with the objectives of encouraging and developing a fine choral music tradition and providing opportunities for performance of both classical and modern music forms in Redcliffe and surrounding communities.

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