Bathurst Panorama Chorus began in 1989 and chartered as a Sweet Adelines International chapter in 1991. Over its history, the chorus has achieved many successes in local, national and international competitions. In 2006 and again in 2014, the Chorus was crowned Australian Sweet Adelines Small Chorus champions, and qualified as one of only five finalists for the international Harmony Classic competition. Bathurst Panorama Chorus is the only Australian chorus to compete in Harmony Classic twice, placing 4th in 2007 in San Antonio, Texas and 5th in 2015 in Las Vegas.
The Chorus has also been Australian Mid Size Champions twice. In 2010, the Chorus reached the benchmark score of 600 points in competition, earning our previous Musical Director, Tracey Cam, the status of Master Director in the Sweet Adelines organisation.
Closer to home, the Chorus is a regular fixture in local Eisteddfods and is the most successful competitor in the Bathurst Eisteddfod Open Choral section, having won 14 times.
The Chorus has performed at many local events including Australia Day and Citizenship ceremonies, the Bathurst Winter Festival, Bathurst Farmers Markets and the Spring Garden Spectacular. The Chorus have provided entertainment for functions for a range of organisations such as Bathurst Regional Council, Inner Wheel, Masonic Lodges, the Royal Australasian College of GPs, and the Order of Australia.
The Chorus has performed at the Trundle ABBA Festival and Wellington Quota Art Show. The Chorus has also presented concerts in diverse venues such as Jenolan Caves Cathedral Cave, Mudgee wineries, Canowindra High School and Aged Care facilities in Bathurst, Orange & Blayney. For over a decade, the Chorus has hosted an annual Luncheon and Craft Display where we show off our cooking skills as well as our singing. In addition, the annual Charity Knit In and year-round knitting and crocheting efforts of chorus members and supporters have seen more than 80 blankets distributed to local charities since 2014.
In 1997 the Chorus performed the National Anthem for the Bathurst 1000 to a worldwide TV audience. The Chorus also made an impromptu appearance on the “Sunrise” breakfast show in 2006 when the weather segment was filmed in Bathurst.
Chorus members need little excuse to sing when they are together and have shared Random Acts of Music with unsuspecting members of the public around shops, restaurants and local landmarks. The Chorus has taken Random Acts to visit T-Rex in the Fossil Museum, to the top of the All Saints’ Bell Tower, amongst the fabric rolls in Spotlight, the streets of Milthorpe, and the Ball & Chain Grill at Salamanca, Hobart just to name a few.