About us

The Montague Choristers are a mixed choir based in wonderful Narooma on the far South Coast of NSW. The Monties have been singing a wide variety of music for over 25 years, but new members are always welcome - previous choral experience is not necessary and there are no auditions.  Rehearsals are held in St Paul's Anglican Church Hall in Tilba St Narooma on Mondays, at 7:30 pm. For more information call  Musical Director Philip Hartstein on 0417 944266 or President Elizabeth Hawkey on 4473 7541 or send us an email. 

Recent programs under Musical Director Philip Hartstein  have featured Italian and English madrigals, WIlliam Byrd's Mass for Four Voices, as well as sacred music by Victoria, Lassus, Tallis, Handel, Bruckner, Schubert and Rachmaninov, and folk song arrangements by Brahms, Kodaly and Grieg. Our next concert on October 22 features the sublime Requiem of Gabriel Faure. New choristers are most welcome. 

The choristers were originally formed as an offshoot of the Montague Art and Craft Society (MACS) for those members and/or their partners who wanted to meet together and sing; membership of either group open to anyone who could see Montague Island.The choir was founded by Val Brown, whose husband Charles was actively involved with MACS.

In 2002 Emeritus Professor Bill Hawkey became the Music Director of the Montague Choristers. Under Bill’s guidance the choristers expanded their activities to include a series of concerts each year. Bill retired as Director at the end of 2012, but is still very much involved with the choir under its new director and is the Artistic Director of our Visiting Artists Series. In early 2016, Bill and Elizabeth Hawkey were instrumental in raising money and organising for the Choristers' grand piano to be re-strung. This was made possible thanks to generous donations from our many supporters and most particularly Southern Phone www.southernphone.com.au