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TONY CORBETT
TONY

1996 - 2002
Tony had been a Society member for three and a half years when he became the new Musical Director.  He was an organist and choirmaster in Devon, England until moving to Australia with his wife, Janet, to be near their family.  He then became organist and choirmaster at St. Christopher's Church, Bateau Bay, and also played in churches in Sydney and Gosford. 
"From the moment I joined the choir I have had enormous respect for Ros Sneddon and her musical skills and have really enjoyed singing in the bass section under her direction" Tony said.  "Following in her footsteps will not be easy, but I have pledged to continue with the same philosophy and standards and most important, retain the enjoyment and wonderful family atmosphere of the society.
In Aug. 1997 the variety concert programme "The Rhythm of Life" was performed.  1998 was TLCS's 25th year since the Rev. Whitbread introduced Tuggerah Lakes Circuit Choir.  To celebrate we held a Silver Jubilee Variety Concert with a cross section of music & songs.  A new Easter Cantata "The Shining Light Burst Forth" was written by our Musical Director, Tony Corbett, and composed by a young local resident, Phillip Rutherford.  The Choir performed "April Evening" and "One Song" for the Central Coast Eisteddfod at Laycock Theatre, Gosford on the evening of June 7th.  We scored 85/100 points and came 1st.  One of the comments was that the choir had a lovely warm tone.

Tuggerah Lakes Choral Society once again had a newly written cantata "Emmanuel" to perform for Christmas 1999.  Soloists were Lucy Bailes, Peter Rutherford, Paul Taylor and Ray Hanlon.  Easter 2000 the society presented "Then Came Sunday" by Roger Strader and narrated by Ray Hanlon.

Coralie Carr, our accompanist, asked to be relieved of her duties.  She had been doing the job for 12 unbroken years and wanted a break.  Because we had trouble finding a pianist she did stay on for the following concert in August 2000,  "The Big Aussie Charity Concert".  It was held in the show room of the Mingara Recreation Club.  This was a combined concert with Gorokan High School Orchestra.

Bronwyn Prior took over as accompanist.  Unfortunately, she broke her leg over the Christmas/New Year 2003 period and never returned.  During 2001 the society performed to raise money for various charities such as the "Federation Revue" at Tuggerah Lakes Memorial Club (now Diggers) organised by the Killarney Vale Lions Club to raise funds for the Central Coast Kidney Life Support Appeal.  Once again we performed with Gorokan High School at Mingara.  It was called "The Big Aussie Federation Concert" to raise funds for the Wesley Mission.  Also The Entrance Rotary Club requested a choral presentation for a dinner that they were having in the Tasman Room at the Mingara Recreation Club.  We were only too pleased to be able to perform.
Tony and his wife Janet decided that they wanted to spend more time travelling, particularly around Australia after buying a caravan so they left the Society with Coralie Carr stepping into the position of Musical Director.