Wagga City Male Rugby Choir

Music in Communities Awards, Runner Up: 2012

Location: Wagga Wagga, NSW


WCRM Choir Aug 2011 410wThis choir was formed by a group of ex rugby players who enjoyed "a good sing a long" after each home rugby game at a local hotel. Since then the choir has expanded to 65 members, the youngest member being 46 and the oldest 87.

With the support of a musical director and accompanist, the choir has developed into a well-established community music group in the area, performing at many local, regional and state wide civic and community events. They are planning international appearances including at Rugby matches, and has collaborated with other male choirs from outside the area.

They even have their own “Pub Songbook”!  

See www.wcrmc.org.au for more information

Judges' comments:

This flies straight in the face of the Australian stereotype that men don’t sing.  The men in this group are taking what they do right into the temple – the pub, and rugby games – and beyond. A wonderful aspect of this is that men can be involved but not participate in the singing straight away.  It’s a very non-confrontational entry to community singing. For those that sing, professional workshops are increasing their capacity and increasing participation for older men in singing. Clearly, enjoyment is essential.”