National Boys Choir to perform in Bordertown

Bordertown will be among the South Australian towns to experience some of the most talented choir boys in the country.

The National Boys Choir of Australia will grace the South East to perform a concert on September 28 at the Tatiara Civic Centre.

Many Australians would recognise the group from the Qantas 'I Still Call Australia Home' television commercials.

The event has been organised by the Bordertown Rotary Club and the Bordertown Health and Community Foundation.

Bordertown Rotary Club president Ken McInerney said while the concert will be great for locals, it will have the dual benefit of raising money for good causes.

"Fundraising (from the event) will be for the Bordertown Hospital and the Rotary project in Sri Lanka," Mr McInerney said.

The National Boys Choir of Australia's artisitic director Andrew Bainbridge said it will be the first time in over a decade the group had toured South Australia.

"Our last tours of South Australia in 2004 and 2008 were great successes," Mr Bainbridge said.

The tour will provide the perfect opportunity to explore regional parts of the state, something the members of the choir seriously enjoy.

"The great touring attraction of getting out into distant towns and cities, and interacting with the locals, remains a drawcard for the members of the tour choir," Mr Bainbridge said.

"Many choristers maintain friendships with locals met on tours from around the world."

The choir's tour repertoire encompasses a broad range of styles from sacred music by Flor Peeters and choir patron John Rutter, Rossini, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Armstrong Gibbs.

They also encompass a newly arranged selection from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

"With plenty of well-known folk songs, crowd favourites such as 'I Still Call Australia Home' and informal interaction with the audience, audiences seldom leave our tour concerts wanting anything but "More! Please!," Mr Bainbridge said.

Mr Bainbridge said it is an exciting opportunity to hear the choir, which has accomplished a lot over the years.

"The choir has shared the stage with 'The Three Tenors', has travelled the world to film the 'I Still Call Australia Home' advertisements for Qantas, and has performed at St Peter's Basilica, Rome, Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral, London," Mr Bainbridge said

The choir will perform at Bordertown's Tatiara Civic Centre on Saturday, September 28 at 7:30pm.