Laurieton Men's Shed choir marks 100 performances

The choir at the Bishop Tyrrell Aged Care Facility for its 100th performance.
The choir at the Bishop Tyrrell Aged Care Facility for its 100th performance.

The Laurieton Men’s Shed (LMS) choir has notched up 100 community performances.

The choir reached the milestone at the Bishop Tyrrell Aged Care Facility on Monday, December 3. 

Mike Rolf formed the choir with maestro Laurie Orchard and convinced a group of men to sing at the Laurieton Schools of Arts for a community fundraiser. 

Mike Rolf has since passed away, but his legacy lives on through the voices of the men who turn up to sing each week. 

Before Mike passed away he handed over the choir’s leadership to Neil Radford. Graham King took over from Neil when he moved away from the area.  

Maestro Laurie Orchard is the only member of the choir who has been to every one of the 100 performances. 

Member of the choir Robert Scott said Laurie threatened to retire when he reached 90-years-old but is still going strong at 91.

“His guidance has made it possible for the men to entertain at most of the aged care facilities and community groups in the Camden Haven area,” he said. 

“We have also performed at aged care facilities in Port Macquarie, Wauchope and Cundletown.”

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