St Michael's Men's Choir turn five

Ah-men: The St Michael's Men's Choir has composed their own hymns. One of these was a Mary MacKillop hymn, commemorating her canonisation in 2010.

Ah-men: The St Michael's Men's Choir has composed their own hymns. One of these was a Mary MacKillop hymn, commemorating her canonisation in 2010.

THE St Michael's Men's Choir in Baulkham Hills has just celebrated its fifth anniversary.

The choir debuted at a Vigil Mass in May, 2009.

These initial masses saw a small number of male singers, but today the choir has grown to a group of 18.

Founder Patrick Eustace was a member of a men's choir in South Africa.

"[They] not only sang with incredible rhythm, but also helped in a small way to break down racial barriers, and as a consequence I always had a vision to start a men's choir here in Australia," Mr Eustace said.

At first parish priest Father Michael O'Callaghan doubted Mr Eustace's idea.

"[But] it just proves how wrong one can be as we are now celebrating five years of a very successful, much appreciated and very talented group of men," Father Callaghan said.

The choir is led by conductor Lise Rider, and her husband, Mark, who plays guitar.

"The camaraderie is an essential component of the group and a real bond has developed between members," Ms Rider said.

The choir is made up of various age groups, ranging from their 20s to 80s with varying experience.

Brendan Fitzpatrick of Baulkham Hills is one of the choir's several original members.

"The timing of the establishing of the men's choir suited me in that I had some spare time to devote to singing," he said.

"The old voice is getting a bit croaky but I figured that using it would help to keep it rejuvenated."

The choir hopes to continue adding to their repertoire and improving their quality of singing.

"We'd also like to share the joy of our music with others [beyond the church]," Mr Eustace said.

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