The Southern Cross : July 2011
July 2011 Page 19 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross arts | SAC RECONCILES: Saint Aloysius College in Adelaide last month marked Reconciliation Week with a plaque acknowledging the Kaurna people as the traditional owners and custodians of the area. Unveiling the plaque was Kaurna woman Muriel Van der Byl, whose great grandmother was born on the site of the new hospital being built on North Tce. Picture (L-R) Cathy Whewell, Chancellor of the Adelaide Archdiocese, Sue Holoubek from SAC, SAC principal Sister Judith Redden, SAC old scholar Amy Ralfs, Sister Janet Lowe and Muriel Van der Byl. Music has always been a big part of Pamela Walker's life. Inheriting her father's beautiful tenor voice and love of music, she sang before she could talk and began playing melodies the first time she sighted a piano at the age of three. Her public performance life began at the Kalangadoo Catholic Church where she played the organ and sang from the age of nine. The South-East singing teacher has taught thousands of aspiring singers and has been the musical director of the Southern Heritage Singers since 1993 when she was asked to set the poems of Adam Lindsay Gordon to music by the South-east Cultural Trust, for the Penola Festival. "While I was out shopping I visited the local library to find poetry books of Adam Lindsay Gordon and when I came back to the farm I put the groceries on the table and started reading," she recalled. "When my husband came in that night the groceries were still on the table -- no evening meal but I had written two songs." In the lead-up to Mary MacKillop's canonisation, Pamela was approached by the Sisters of St Joseph to write songs about Mary and Father Julian Tenison Woods, in recognition of the role he played in co-founding the order. Pamela went to Mary MacKillop Place in Sydney to research Mary and Julian's lives and came away with the lyrics for 18 songs which she and some of her young students recorded at the ABC studio in Collinswood. She also found two unpublished poems by well-known South Australian author Max Harris and gained permission from his daughter Samela to put them to music and complete the Mary and Julian collection. "I found great inspiration at Mary MacKillop Place; once you get started it's amazing how everything falls into place," she said. Throughout her teaching life, many of Pamela's students have gone on to careers throughout Australia and overseas. Two highlights of her own career are the Order of Australia Medal that was bestowed on her on Australia Day 2000 for services to the community and performing at the Canonisation Mass and celebrations in Penola last year. Pamela still provides music at Kalangadoo and Penola churches and sometimes helps out at Naracoorte. She is looking forward to performing again this year at the anniversary celebration of Mary's sainthood on October 16. Pamela will be the guest speaker (and singer) at the Southern Supper Club at Old Reynella (Crown Hotel) on Monday July 25 at 6.15pm. She will talk about her career as a singer and composer as well as give attendees some tips on how to look after their vocal chords as well as good breathing techniques. For more information, see Diary Dates on page 22. For the first time in Adelaide, Friends of Call of Guadalupe Society is presenting the musical Call of Guadalupe. Combining drama and comedy, the colourful and upbeat stage show tackles the real-life struggle a couple faces in confronting the dilemma of an unplanned pregnancy. The musical draws a parallel from a time in Mexican history when the Virgin Mary appeared to an Aztec peasant, Juan Diego. The production, which has been staged for 12 seasons around Australia and three seasons in the Philippines, is written by John Lee, a Melbourne artist and playwright who has staged plays in New York, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney and Melbourne. The music was written by Melbourne composer Peter Foster. Through the not-for-profit Friends of Call of Guadalupe Inc., the skills and talents of more than 70 volunteer actors, singers and dancers from both Adelaide and Melbourne have been assembled and directed by professionals who have donated their time in support of the musical's theme. Call of Guadalupe will be staged for four shows only at The Arts Theatre, 53 Angas Street on Friday, 22 July at 1.30pm and 7.30pm and Saturday, 23 July at 1.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets cost $10 - $22 and are available by phoning Claire on 0402 612 642 / 8443 6521 or Mary on 8364 1103. Singing for supper OUR HISTORY From The Southern Cross Newspaper, Thursday, November 12, 1981 Catholic Charities 39 WakeÛeld Street, Adelaide SA 5000 GPO Box 1364, Adelaide SA 5001 Ph: 08 8210 8125 Fax: 08 8232 8820 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ABN: 29 608 297 012 Charity Licence: 25 Invitation to: Diary Dates 2011 Catholic Charities 70th Anniversary Breakfast in the presence of Archbishop Philip Wilson Wednesday 3rd August 2011 Adelaide Convention Centre 7.00 am to 9.00 am Tickets: $60.00 per person Master of Ceremonies: Mr Ashley Walsh Weekends Presenter ABC 891 Guest Speaker: Mr Dale West Director, Centacare St Patrick's and St Anne's Schools will be the beneficiaries of our Anniversary Breakfast Tickets and further information available from the Catholic Charities Office Ph: 08 8210 8125 or email email@example.com Catholic Charities 70th Anniversary Mass Tuesday 30th August 2011, 5.45 pm St Francis Xavier's Cathedral Light refreshments to follow in Cathedral Hall. 70th Anniversary Breakfast---3rd August 70th Anniversary Mass---30th August September---Catholic Charities Appeal Monday 12th September--- Golf Day Badge Day City --- Friday 4th November Badge Day Norwood--- 24 November Jenny Brinkworth Musical for life and hope SHOW TIME: Some of the stars of the musical, from left: Paul d'Assumpcao, Tanya Linsell, Karolina Jarco, Brandon Feirclough and Lesley Daniel.