Music Director: Dr Philip Eames
Aqualuna Singers Coordinator: Paula Nigem
Paula Nigem has been with Aqualuna since 2015 and has been the coordinator of the group since 2018. With a professional performance certificate under her belt, she is a regular soloist with her local church and an occasional wedding/funeral singer. However singing with an a cappella group was not something she had done previously and she has found learning to sing without accompaniment an engaging challenge, and having to listen and blend with all the parts of the group. Paula's favourite music is choral, folk and show tunes( don’t know anyone who doesn’t love those)
Aqualuna Singers Treasurer:
Dr Philip Eames has been Aqualuna's long-term Music Director. Hailing from Brisbane, Philip studied piano with Dr Max Olding, AM and Dr Stephen Savage at the Queensland Conservatorium. He then travelled overseas on scholarship for further study at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, before completing his doctorate in 2017 at the Sydney Conservatorium, on the choral music of Percy Grainger.
Philip has worked with choirs for well over a decade, initially as an accompanist before expanding into director roles. His first such role was with the Greater Manchester Police Male Voice choir in 2012, and he began working with Aqualuna shortly after his return to Australia. In 2019, Philip was selected as one of the inaugural assistant conductors of the River City Voices, with the opportunity to serve as chorus master for Handel's Messiah, and has continued working with them since. He is also a frequent guest conductor of other choirs including the Macquarie Singers, Jubilate Singers, Willoughby Symphony Choir and Pyrmont Sings.
Philip is also highly active as a composer, and choral music forms an important part of his output. His choral cycle "This Great Unrain" was selected as the winner of the 2020 Willgoss Choral Composition Prize. Recently he has composed a new work for Aqualuna in collaboration with Aqualuna Member Alethea Morison
Founded in 2006, the Aqualuna Singers are an a cappella choir based in Lane Cove, Sydney. Under the direction of Dr Philip Eames since 2016, the choir's ethos is to sing for the sheer enjoyment of it!
Rehearsing from the beautiful outlook of St Aidan's Church Hall, Longueville, Aqualuna explores an eclectic range of choral repertoire, including folk, contemporary and original arrangements. Being an unaccompanied ensemble, members learn to tune and blend with one another to create a clear, unified sound that is flexible enough to adapt to the diverse range of music we sing.
In addition to their own spectacular annual end-of-year showcase, Aqualuna Singers are regular features at the choral festivals in and around Sydney, and have appeared in partnership with many other Sydney choirs, including the Phoenix Youth Choir, Chorella, and Pyrmont Sings.
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