Hibiscus Coast Singers History
The Hibiscus Coast Singers choir
was formed in 1990 with Neville Bradley as Musical Director (MD).
Neville had previously been MD of the Orewa District Choir.
[The Orewa District Choir had emerged from group-singing instruction given by Ronald Dellow through the then
medium of Adult Education Evening Classes. At the end of that course, Ronald "told" Neville that, as an accomplished pianist and organist, he should continue running the group. This he did as MD for many years before it went into recess in 1983.]
Initially, the Hibiscus Coast Singers was a community choir not all of whom were auditioned. Auditioning was introduced later as an entry requirement but no regular auditioning process occurs.
Following the resignation of Neville Bradley in 1999, Maurice Gorbey (formerly Musical Director of the Wellsford District Choir) served as Acting Musical Director until the appointment of Norman Firth in 2000.
Since then Norman Firth has lifted the
choir's standards to a high level of performance of music attracting critical acclaim.
Anita Banbury has occasionally stood in for Norman when he has been away for long periods.
The local community have given good support with audiences for the
two concerts each year averaging about 350.
Concert proceeds in the past have been given to Hibiscus Coast Hospice and Lifeline.