The Silver Tones Singers is the name of Manning Valley’s U3A Choir. Commencing in 2009 with a small number of singers, it has grown in numbers and reputation over the years. Choir numbers have fluctuated around 50 men and women – mostly women. The choir always seems to be short of male bass and tenor voices and male U3A members are encouaged to join.
This mixed choir learns, under Musical Director Pam Archer’s direction, a new selection of wonderful songs from mixed genres each year. A veritable kaleidoscope of songs is likely to encompass popular songs from old musicals, Gilbert and Sullivan, opera, religious numbers, Negro spirituals, humorous numbers, Christmas carols and more contemporary selections from a range of Aussie and international artists and composers.
The choir sings songs in unison, in two and four part harmony (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) as a full choir, separately as groups of men and women, and as soloists. They perform regularly at aged care facilities and at other venues, and raise funds for local charities through presentation of two well-attended public concerts each year. Almost $16,000 has been raised through these concerts in the four years to 2018. Supported charities have been Can Assist, Taree Base Hospital Children’s Ward, Manning Valley Push for Palliative, Taree Women’s Refuge, Samaritans Great Lakes-Manning Homeless Support Service and Great Lakes Women’s Shelter.
The Silver Tones joined Kantabile Chamber Choir and the Manning Valley Choral Society to perform Schubert’s Mass in G as part of the 2018 Manning Valley Winter Festival. They were accompanied by Sinfonia orchestra’s string section.
The growth of the choir, as well as the quality of their work, is in no small measure due to the dedication and expertise of its Musical Director, Pam Archer. Pam is well known in the Manning Valley both for her musical performance and expertise as a teacher of choral groups. The Silver Tones Singers respond to her enthusiastic, caring and patient teaching with joy, meeting her challenges but having fun along the way. Their music is wonderful to hear.
For a taste of their music, click on the appropriate Manning Valley U3A icons below.