The purpose of the Mandurah City Choral Society (MCCS) is to rehearse and perform choral music to a high standard and actively promote the benefits of choral singing in the community. Our members come from all walks of life and from all age groups. Members work hard and enjoy their music. We are always striving to improve our performance and in this we are greatly aided by our dedicated Musical Director and Resident Accompanist.
Mandurah City Choral Society has a long history in the Peel region and in 2016 we celebrated our 25th anniversary. The choir was formed in 1991 when it was felt there was need in the community for a professional choral group to sing four parts, welcoming both men and women. While the choir has undergone plenty of changes over the decades, it remains committed to these principles and we are delighted to still have one or two of our founding members.
MCCS is an incorporated, not-for-profit society governed by a committee of management. Our members pay an annual subscription which covers costs such as rehearsal venue, tuition, accompaniment and insurance. As a not-for-profit society, all income from subscriptions, grants and paid performances is spent entirely on building our music library and on choir operations. Our accounts are independently audited annually.
Mandurah City Choral Society is committed to promotion of singing and music in the community, recognizing the health and social benefits. The choir regularly participates in community events such as ChoralFest. In the past, MCCS has commissioned the Mandurah Festival Orchestra to perform in our annual September concert. The orchestra is made up of up to 35 musicians mostly from the local area with some from Perth and most do not have the opportunity to regularly perform as part of an orchestra. More recently we have been involved in collaborations with regional groups such as Mahler in Albany with the Fremantle Symphony, Albany Sinfonia and Philharmonic South West, and a fabulous Bush Christmas performance in Bunbury and Mandurah with Philharmonic South West.
MCCS rehearse throughout the year and hold concerts and workshops regularly in Mandurah, usually in May, August and at Christmas. We are grateful for the support of our two dedicated patrons, Mr David Templeman MLA and Ms Paddi Creevey, as well as local organisations including the City of Mandurah, LotteryWest and ALCOA Australia.