In the Spirit with Tony Backhouse
Uniting Church, Port Macquarie
Sunday, 30th July 2023

Hastings Choristers were privileged to welcome internationally renowned composer and arranger Tony Backhouse to Port Macquarie, to be the special guest conductor and vocalist at its In the Spirit concert. This gospel concert was a sell-out and showcased the amazing talents and vocal abilities of Tony.

Hastings Choristers’ Music Director, Olwen Williams, produced a program of Tony’s gospel compositions together with some well-known gospel favourites. Tony conducted a number of pieces and was also the soloist for some of his compositions.  Performances from the ever-popular female choral ensemble Cantabile also delighted the audience in their separate brackets as well as joining with Cantorus to sing up a storm while the debonair and talented pianist Jonathan Hingston accompanied both choirs.

A highlight of the concert was Tony Backhouse leading a three-part harmony of one of his songs where the audience, who were generally surprised how quickly they could learn their part, produced beautiful harmonies.

Once again Hastings Choristers - sharing the joy of song

in the spirit 2023 program


Hastings Choristers welcomes all those who wish to sing at a performance level whether experienced or accomplished.

As a mixed voice SATB choir (Soprano/Alto/Tenor/Bass) there is a place for all voices in CANTORUS. All singers, especially men, are warmly and enthusiastically welcomed to pursue their love of singing at our weekly rehearsals held at MacKillop Senior College Hall, Ocean Drive, Port Macquarie.