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Norman Chinner (1909-1961)
Scores, programs and papers 1929-1961

MSS 0180

Biographical Note

Norman Chinner, organist and conductor, was born on 7 August 1909 at Malvern, Adelaide, the son of Charles Williams Chinner, a South Australian-born accountant, and his wife Winifred Maud, née Cowperthwaite, a singer and violinist from Victoria. With music on both sides of his family—Norman's father, uncle and grandfather had all been organists—he was taught to play the pipe organ by Fred Pilgrim at the local Methodist church. Chinner attended Prince Alfred College and in 1928 won a scholarship for organ to the Elder Conservatorium of Music; five years later he became a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music, London. After working in a bank and being employed by a firm of woolbrokers, in 1932-39 he was musical director at his old school. While holding the posts of organist and choirmaster at Pirie Street (1939-47) and Kent Town (1932) Methodist churches, he began to make his mark as a conductor.

In 1940 Chinner joined the Australian Broadcasting Commission as musical presentations officer in South Australia. As part-time assistant to William Cade, he conducted the Adelaide Wireless Chorus and in 1946 was to take over its successor, the Adelaide Singers. They maintained a large repertoire, and broadcast part-songs and works by Britten, Palmgren, Bartok and Holst. In 1941 Chinner also assumed direction of the Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and over the course of the next twenty years made it Australia's finest. Although deputy-conductor (from 1942) for the A.B.C., he was merely chorus master for major works, except for the first Adelaide broadcast of Messiah and a charity concert for the Australian Comforts Fund, both in 1942. By 1946, however, he was in full command for Canterbury Pilgrims, Elijah and Hiawatha.

Chinner directed many early Australian performances of English choral works, as well as premieres of Kubla Khan and Horace Perkins' Knight and Witchery. From 1949 he travelled regularly to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth where he conducted oratorios, invariably to glowing praise from the critics. His gestures were 'free and unrestrained', but never excessively indulgent. With the Adelaide Singers he recorded W. G. James's carols in 1955. Three years later, he again visited Melbourne with the Adelaide Philharmonic Choir for performances to celebrate the twenty-first anniversary of its foundation.

At the Malvern Methodist Church on 1 August 1953 Chinner had married a 25-year-old actress Cecilia Patricia Halcyon Sands; they separated soon afterwards and were divorced in 1959. Having assisted Dr Robert Dalley-Scarlett to make A.B.C. recordings of music to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, Chinner supervised musical programmes for her visit to Adelaide in 1954, and for that of the Queen Mother in 1958. His excellence with choirs was not matched by his orchestral gifts and he was given responsibility for the Adelaide Light Orchestra on country tours only. For almost ten years he directed studio broadcasts of the popular 'Moods and Melodies'. Sponsored by the A.B.C., he twice visited England. In 1957 he was appointed O.B.E.

His name was so familiar in Adelaide that 'Chinner who conducts French' was used in 1952 as a crossword clue. He died of a coronary occlusion on 5 November 1961 in his sister's home at Netherby and was buried in Centennial Park cemetery. From 1967 the Adelaide Philharmonic Choir has commemorated him by a scholarship.

Biographical entry by Elizabeth Silsbury from The Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Contents Listing

The following papers were donated by Rebecca Harris, the great-niece of Norman Chinner’s sister, Connie, in 2014.

Series 1: Annotated scores  18 cm.

1. Graham Peel - In Summertime on Bredon - Solo voice and piano
Words: AE Housman
Chappell & Co. Ltd
Signed Norman Chinner, 1930

2. Brahms – A Song of Destiny (Schicksalslied) - Chorus and piano reduction
Words: Friedrich Hölderlin translated J Troutbeck
Novello and Company
Signed Norman Chinner

3. Verdi – Requiem – solo soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor and bass and Chorus and piano reduction
Ricordi and Co.
Signed Norman Chinner

4. Elgar – The Dream of Gerontius – solo mezzo-soprano, tenor and bass and Chorus and piano reduction
Novello and Company
Signed Norman Chinner

5. Mendelssohn - Elijah – solo voices and Chorus and piano reduction
Novello and Company
Signed Norman Chinner, 1929
Score contains historical notes and rehearsal dates.

6. Handel - Messiah – solo voices and Chorus and piano reduction
Novello and Company
A gift to Norman Chinner from the Choir of Pirie Street Methodist Church, Christmas 1941

7. Haydn – The Seasons – solo soprano, tenor and bass and Chorus and piano reduction
Novello and Company
Signed Norman Chinner – 1961

8. JS Bach – Cantata: Gottes Zeit is die allerbeste Zeit (God’s time is the best) BWV 106- Chorus and piano reduction
Words: translated J Troutbeck
Novello and Company
Signed Norman Chinner

9. Elgar – King Olaf – solo-soprano, tenor and bass and Chorus and piano reduction
Words: Longfellow and HA Acworth
Novello and Company
Signed Norman Chinner

10. JS Bach – Christmas Oratorio- Solo singers, Chorus and piano reduction
Words: translated J Troutbeck
Novello and Company
Signed Norman Chinner

Series 2: Programs of Chinner performances  14 cm.

Programs not featuring Chinner were added to the Theatre Programs Collection

Folder 1: Adelaide Philharmonic Choir 1942-49

1. Handel– Messiah- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and Adelaide Concert Orchestra
Soloists: Linda Wald, Gwen Collett, Frederick Williamson, Ian McMutrie
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
In aid of Red Cross Prisoners of War Fund
Town Hall, Adelaide - December 16 and 18, 1942

2. Vaughan Williams - Choral Music - Let us now praise famous Men, Dona Nobis Pacem, For all the Saints - Adelaide Philharmonic Choir with Frederick Finlay (organ) Jessica Dix (piano) and Richard Smith (timpani)
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Elder Hall, University of Adelaide - May 30, 1943

3. Handel– Messiah- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (organist: Harold Wylde)
Soloists: Harold Williams, Vera Thrush, Gwen Collett, Frederick Williamson
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
In aid of Fighting Forces Comfort Fund
Town Hall, Adelaide - December 8, 10 and 11, 1943

4. Mendelssohn– Elijah- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and Adelaide Orchestra (organist: Harold Wylde)
Soloists: Amelia Scarce, Gwen Collett, Frederick Williamson, Stanley Clarkson
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
In aid of Fighting Forces Comfort Fund
Town Hall, Adelaide - December 1 and 2, 1944

5. Choral Music – Bantock: King Solomon, Brahms: Rhapsody for Contralto and Male Chorus, JS Bach: Organ solos, Parry: Blest Pair of Sirens - Adelaide Philharmonic Choir with Harold Wylde (organ) and Greta Dempster (piano)
Soloist: Gwen Collett
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Elder Hall, University of Adelaide - May 28, 1944

6. Choral Music – Handel: Operatic Choruses, , Schubert: Song of Miriam, Howells: Rhapsody for organ, Holst: Turn Back O Man , Two Eastern Pictures and Choral Hymns from Rig Veda - Adelaide Philharmonic Choir with Harold Wylde (organ) and Greta Dempster (piano)
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Elder Hall, University of Adelaide – July 22, 1945

7. Handel– Messiah- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (leader: Lloyd Davies)
Soloists: Kathleen Glastonbury, Gwen Collett, William Herbert, Stanley Clarkson
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall - December 7, and 9, 1946

8. JS Bach– S. Matthew Passion- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (leader: Lloyd Davies)
Soloists: Mary Hepenstall, Elsie Woolley, William Harrison, Richard Watson
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall - September 20, and 21, 1946

9. George Dyson - The Canterbury Pilgrims- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (leader: Lloyd Davies)
Soloists: Marjorie Forsaith, Ian McMutrie, John Fullard
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall June 27 and 28, 1946

10. Mendelssohn– Elijah- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and Adelaide Orchestra (organist: Harold Wylde)
Soloists: Mary Hepenstall, Gwen Collett, Dorothy See, Frederick Williamson
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
In aid of Fighting Forces Comfor Fund
Town Hall, Adelaide – March 14 and 15, 1946

11. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor – The Song of Hiawatha- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (leader: Lloyd Davies)
Soloists: Mary Hepenstall, William Harrison, John Dudleyd
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall May 21 and 22, 1947

12. A Free Matinee – Christmas Carols and Community Singing- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and the South Australian Symphony Orchestra
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall December 11, 1949

13. George Dyson - The Canterbury Pilgrims- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (leader: William Haydock)
Soloists: Marjorie Forsaith, Ian McMutrie, Fred Williamson
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall August 28 and 29, 1947

14. Handel– Israel in Egypt- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (leader: William Haydock)
Soloists: Mary Hepenstall, Gwen Collett, Elsie Woolley, Fred Williamson, Frank Lasslett, Boyd Dawkins
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall – May 21, 1948

15. Choral Music – Brahms: How Lovely are thy Dwellings, Mendelssohn: Hear my Prayer, - Vaughan Williams – organ solos, Vaughan Williams – Thanksgiving for Victory - Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and Girls’ Choir from Walford House School with Harold Wylde (organ), Dorothy Slee and Audrey Simmons (sopranos) and Greta Dempster (piano)
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Elder Hall, University of Adelaide – July 6, 1947

16. Toc H Australia 22nd Birthday Festival Concert A Festival of Empire and Remembrance - Adelaide Philharmonic Choir conductor: Norman Chinner with bands, drummers and buglers.
Town Hall, Adelaide October 24, 1947

17. Handel– Messiah- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (leader: William Haydock)
Soloists: Mary Hepenstall, Gwen Collett, Fred Williamson, Victor Harding
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall - December 4, and 5, 1947

18. Three Choral Works – Parry: Blest Pair of Sirens, Elgar: The Music Makers, Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (leader: William Haydock, organ: Alan Tregaskis)
Soloists: Jean Petersen, Gwen Collett, Ansbert Campbell
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall – August 13, 1948

19. Handel– Messiah- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (leader: William Haydock)
Soloists: Mary Hepenstall, Gwen Collett, Fred Williamson, Boyd Dawkins
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall - December 10, and 11, 1948

20. Choral Works – JS Bach: Sheep may safely graze, Brahms: Alto Rhapsody, Brahms: Song of Destiny, Handel: Dettingen Te Deum- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (leader: William Haydock, organ: Alan Tregaskis)
Soloists: Gwen Collett, Fred Williamson, Ian McMutrie
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall – May 6, 1949

21. A free Matinee of Carols and Community Singing- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and the South Australian Symphony Orchestra
Soloists: Gwen Collett, Fred Williamson, Ian McMutrie
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall – December 11, 1949 – 2 copies

22. Mendelssohn– Elijah- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and South Australian Symphony Orchestra (leader: Sam Bor, organist: Alan Tregaskis)
Soloists: Harold Williams, Marjorie Forsaith, Dorothy Slee, Gwen Collett, Frederick Williamson
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Town Hall, Adelaide – August 20, 1949

Folder 2: Adelaide Phiharmonic Choir 1950-55

1. George Dyson - The Canterbury Pilgrims, Vaughan Williams  - Five Tudor Portraits- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and the South Australian Symphony Orchestra
Soloists: William Herbert, Elsie Woolley, Ian McMutrie
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall May 12, 1950

2. Beethoven Symphony 9 (Choral) - Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and the South Australian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Henry Krips (chorus master Norman Chinner)
Soloists: Peggy Fearn, Gwen Collett, Ante Soljanich, Douglas Karran
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall August 31, 1950

3. A Free Sunday Matinee - Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and the South Australian Symphony Orchestra
Soloists: William Herbert, Elsie Woolley, Ian McMutrie
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall August 31, 1950

4. Handel– Messiah- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and South Australian Symphony Orchestra (organist - Alan Tregaskis)
Soloists: Peter Dawson, Marjorie Forsaith, Gwen Collett, Frederick Williamson, Douglas Karran
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall - December 7, 8 and 9, 1950

5. Mendelssohn– Elijah- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and South Australian Symphony Orchestra (organist: Alan Tregaskis)
Soloists: Cecil Lanyon, Lorna Fletcher, Gwen Collett, Frederick Williamson, Ian McMutrie
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Town Hall, Adelaide – June 2, 1951

6. Haydn– The Creation- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Soloists: Norman Walker, Marjorie Forsaith, Fred Williamson
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall – August 22, 1952

7. Handel– Messiah- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and South Australian Symphony Orchestra (organist - Alan Tregaskis)
Soloists: Marjorie Conley, Gwen Collett, Frederick Williamson, Douglas Karran
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall - December 5 and 6, 1952 – 2 copies

8. Walton – Belshazzar’s Feast- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Soloist: Ian McMutrie
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall – November 19, 20, and 21, 1953 – 2 copies

9. Handel– Messiah- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and South Australian Symphony Orchestra pages 5-10 missing
Soloists: Marjorie Forsaith, Gwen Collett, Frederick Williamson, Robert Payne
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall - December 11 and 12, 1953

10. Vaughan Williams – Flos Campi, Horace Perkins – Fantasie Cantata: Kubla Khan, - Adelaide Philharmonic Choir, Adelaide Singers and South Australian Symphony Orchestra.
Soloists: David Powell (viola),  Ian McMutrie
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall – July 24, 1953

11. Horace Perkins – Fantasie Cantata: Kubla Khan, JS Bach – recit and aria from Wachet Betet, - Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and South Australian Symphony Orchestra.
Soloists: Peter Dawson, Elsie Woolley
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall – July 24, 1953

12 Handel– Messiah- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and South Australian Symphony Orchestra pages 5-10 missing
Soloists: Carol Kohler, Gwen Collett, Fred Williamson, Noel Robbins
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall - December 17 and 18, 1954 – 2 copies

13. Handel– Messiah- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and South Australian Symphony Orchestra (organ: Jack Peters)
Soloists: Halinka de Tarczynska, Gwen Collett, Max Worthley, Charles Skase
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall - December 15, 16 and 17, 1955 – 3 copies

14. JS Bach– S. Matthew Passion- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (organ: Jack Peters)
Soloists: Gwen Paul, Ailene Fischer, Florence Taylor, Max Worthley, William Harrison, Ian McMutrie
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall – 1954 – 2 copies

15. Beethoven Symphony 9 (Choral) - Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and the South Australian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bernard Heinze (chorus master Norman Chinner)
Soloists: Marjorie Forsaith, Gwen Collett, Fred Williamson, Douglas Karran
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall March 15, 1954.

16. Constant Lambert – Rio Grand, Honegger – King David- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and the South Australian Symphony Orchestra
Soloists: Marie Collier, Gwen Collett, Max Worthley, Gordon McDougall
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall May 27, 1954

17. Verdi - Requiem- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and South Australian Symphony Orchestra
Soloists: Sylvia Fisher, Florence Taylor, Max Worthley, Morris Williams
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall – April 30, 1955

18. Vaughan Williams – Flos Campi, Toward the Unknown Region - Adelaide Philharmonic Choir, Adelaide Singers and South Australian Symphony Orchestra.
Soloists: David Powell (viola), Joan Drew, Fred Williamson, Kevin Kitto
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall – October 15, 1955 – 3 copies

19. Vaughan Williams – Song of Thanksgiving for Soprano, Narrator and Chorus, Magnificat for Contralto, Women’s Voices and Flute Obbligato - Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and the Walford House Choir.
Soloists: David Cubbin (flute), Mary Hepenstall, Gwen Collett
Presented by The University of Adelaide
Bonython Hall – August 3, 1955

Folder 3: Adelaide Philharmonic Choir 1956-61

1. George Dyson - The Canterbury Pilgrims- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and the South Australian Symphony Orchestra
Soloists: Marjorie Forsaith, Fred Williamson, Alan Eddy
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall June 16, 1956 – 3 copies

2. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor – The Song of Hiawatha- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (conductor: Bernard Heinze)
Soloists: Marjorie Forsaith, Fred Williamson, Stewart Harvey
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall October 5, 1956

3. Mozart – Requiem Mass, Sancta Maria, Laudate Dominum, Exsultate Jubilate- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir, ABC Adelaide Singers and the South Australian Symphony Orchestra
Soloists: Marjorie Conley, Gen Collett, Max Worthley, Robert Payne
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall February 18 and 20, 1956 – 2 copies

4. Handel– Messiah- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
Soloists: Margaret Moore, Gwen Collett, Max Worthley, Stanley Clarkson
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall - December 14, 15 and 17, 1956

5. Handel– Messiah- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (organ: James Govenlock)
Soloists: Bettine McCaughan, Gwen Collett, Max Worthley, Ian Giles
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall - December 12, 13, and 14, 1957 – 3 copies

6. Haydn– The Creation- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (organ: Alan Tregaskis)
Soloists: Halinka de Tarczynska, Fred Williamson, Noel Melvin
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall – October 11, 1957 – 2 copies

7. Haydn– The Seasons- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (organ: Alan Tregaskis)
Soloists: Jennifer Eddy, Max Worthley, Noel Robbins
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall – July 16, 1958 – 2 copies

8. Schubert – Mass in G. Michael Tippett – A Child of our Time- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Soloists: Jennifer Eddy, Gwen Collett, Max Worthley, Robert Payne
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall – October 25, 1958 – 3 copies.

9. Schubert – Mass in G. Michael Tippett – A Child of our Time- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and Victorian Symphony Orchestra
Soloists: Jennifer Eddy, Gwen Collett, Max Worthley, Robert Payne
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Melbourne Town Hall – November 15, 1958 – 2 copies.

10. George Dyson – In Honour of the City. Horace Perkins – Knight and Witchery- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Soloists: Jennifer Eddy, Max Worthley
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall – May 2, 1958 - 4 copies

11. Vivaldi – Gloria. Carl Orff – Carmina Burana- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir, Boys of the Choir of St. Peter’s Cathedral and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Soloists: Halinka de Tarczynska, Diana Limb, Lola Paish, Noel Robbins
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall – October 9, 1959 – 4 copies

12. Elgar – The Dream of Gerontius- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (organist Alan Tregaskis), conducted by Frank Callaway.  Chorus prepared by Norman Chinner
Soloists: William Herbert, Judith Staff, Ian Giles
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall – August 7, 1959 – 2 copies

13. Handel– Messiah- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and South Australian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Frank Callaway (organist and chorus master Alan Tregaskis)
Soloists: Arnold Matters, Gwen Collett, Neville Hicks, Arnold Matters
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall - December 17, 18 and 19, 1959 - 2 copies

14. Verdi - Requiem- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and South Australian Symphony Orchestra
Soloists: Rae Cocking, Florence Taylor, Victor Franklin, Arnold Matters
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall – May 1, 1959 - 3 copies

15. Beethoven – Missa Solemnis, op.123- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and South Australian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bernard Heinze (chorus master Norman Chinner
Soloists: Carol Kohler, Lola Paish, Neville Hicks, Arnold Matters
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall – November 5, 1960 - 2 copies

16. Mendelssohn– Elijah- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and South Australian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Tibor Paul (organist and chorus master Alan Tregaskis)
Soloists: Rae Cocking, Margaret McPherson, Gwen Collett, Fred Williamson, Stewart Harvey
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall – May 28, 1960 – 2 copies

17. Handel– Messiah- Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and South Australian Symphony Orchestra (organist - Alan Tregaskis)
Soloists: Nance Grant, Gwen Collett, Fred Williamson, Noel Robbins
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall - December 15, 16 and 17, 1960 - 3 copies

18. Debussy - - The Blessed Damozel [La Demoiselle Elue), Tippett – A Child of our Time Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and South Australian Symphony Orchestra
Soloists: Carol Kohler, Lola Paish, Victor Franklin, Alan Coad
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall – August 24, 1960

19. Vivaldi – Gloria, Brahms Requiem Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and South Australian Symphony Orchestra
Soloists: Carol Kohler, Lola Paish, Arnold Matters
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall – May 6, 1961

20. Vaughan Williams – A Sea Symphony Adelaide Philharmonic Choir and the Victorian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Joseph Post (Chorus prepared by Norman Chinner and Alan Tregaskis
Soloists: Diana Limb, Arnold Matters
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission for the Adelaide Festival
Adelaide Town Hall – March 25, 1960

Folder 4: Adelaide Philharmonic Choir / Carols by Candlelight

1. Carols by Candlelight
Presented by The Advertiser Broadcasting Network and the Commercial Travellers’ Association
Elder Park – December 18, 1949

2. Carols by Candlelight
Presented by The Advertiser Broadcasting Network and the Commercial Travellers’ Association
Elder Park – December 17, 1950

3. Carols by Candlelight
Presented by The Advertiser Broadcasting Network and the Commercial Travellers’ Association
Elder Park – December 23, 1951

4. Carols by Candlelight
Presented by The Advertiser Broadcasting Network and the Commercial Travellers’ Association
Elder Park – December 20, 1953

5. Carols by Candlelight
Presented by The Advertiser Broadcasting Network and the Commercial Travellers’ Association
Elder Park – December 19, 1954

6. Carols by Candlelight
Presented by The Advertiser Broadcasting Network and the Commercial Travellers’ Association
Elder Park – December 18, 1955

7. Carols by Candlelight
Presented by The Advertiser Broadcasting Network and the Commercial Travellers’ Association
Elder Park – December 23, 1956

8. Carols by Candlelight
Presented by The Advertiser Broadcasting Network and the Commercial Travellers’ Association
Elder Park – December 22, 1957

9. Carols by Candlelight
Presented by The Advertiser Broadcasting Network and the Commercial Travellers’ Association
Elder Park – December 21, 1958 – 3 copies

10. Carols by Candlelight
Presented by The Advertiser Broadcasting Network and the Commercial Travellers’ Association
Elder Park – December 20, 1959 – 3 copies

11. Carols by Candlelight
Presented by The Advertiser Broadcasting Network and the Commercial Travellers’ Association
Elder Park – December 18, 1960 – 2 copies

12. Carols by Candlelight
Presented by The Advertiser Broadcasting Network and the Commercial Travellers’ Association
Elder Park – December 17, 1961

Folder 5: Sydney Symphony Orchestra

1. Handel– Messiah- Hurlstone Choral Society and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Norman Chinner, Soloists: Elsie Findlay, Florence Taylor, Ronald Dowd, Noel Melvin
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Town Hall, Sydney - December 19, 1951 – 3 copies

2. Handel– Messiah- Hurlstone Choral Society and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Norman Chinner, Soloists: Marjorie Conley, Florence Taylor, Raymond McDonald, Noel Melvin
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Town Hall, Sydney - December 4, 1958 – 2 copies

3. Handel– Messiah- Hurlstone Choral Society and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Norman Chinner, Soloists: Valda Bagnall, Raymond McDonald, Stewart Harvey
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Town Hall, Sydney – Aspril 13, 1961 – 2 copies

Folder 6: Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Society

1. Handel– Messiah – The Choir of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Society and the Victorian Symphony Orchestra organ: Lance Hardy
Conductor: Norman Chinner, Soloists: Peggy Knib, Florence Taylor, Ronald Dowd, Charles Skase
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Melbourne Town Hall - December 10, 1952

2. George Dyson - The Canterbury Pilgrims- – The Choir of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Society and the Victorian Symphony Orchestra organ: Lance Hardy
Conductor: Norman Chinner, Soloists: Loris Synan, William Herbert, Alan Eddy
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Melbourne Town Hall – October 6, 1956 – 2 copies

3. Handel– Messiah – The Choir of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Society and the Victorian Symphony Orchestra organ: Lance Hardy
Conductor: Norman Chinner, Soloists: Jennifer Eddy, Joan Jones, Max Worthley, Robert Payne, Mervyn Simpson
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Melbourne Town Hall - December 19 and 20, 1958 – 5 copies

4. Haydn - The Seasons– The Choir of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Society and the Victorian Symphony Orchestra organ: Lance Hardy
Conductor: Norman Chinner, Soloists: Madge Stephens, Victor Franklin, Morris Williams
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Melbourne Town Hall – October 31, 1959 –2 copies

5. JS Bach – S. Matthew Passion- – The Choir of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Society and the Victorian Symphony Orchestra organ: Lance Hardy
Conductor: Norman Chinner, Soloists: Bettine McCaughan, Lauris Elms, Raymonr McDonald, Robert Payne, Morris Williams
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Melbourne Town Hall – March 25, 1961

Folder 7: Mrs G. Chinner

1. The SA country Women’s Association Annual Choral Festival
Norman Chinner – Conductor and Commentator
Adelaide Town Hall -  September 6, 1955.

Folder 8: Other

1. Menotti – Amahl and the Night Visitors conducted by Norman  Chinner
Presented by Studio Theatre Productions
April 19 to-April 26, 1958

2. Elgar – The Dream of Gerontius
University Choral Society of Western Australia and West Australian Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Frank Callaway.  Chorus prepared by Norman Chinner
Soloists: William Herbert, Helen Sharman, John Taylor
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Winthrop Hall, Crawley – September 11 and 12, 1959.

3. Young Persons’ Concert Orchestral Matinee South Australian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Norman Chinner.
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall – March 17 and 18, 1949

4. Concerto and Vocal Competitions Adelaide concert Orchestra conducted by Norman Chinner.
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall – April 23, 1948

5. Ballet with Orchestra Adelaide concert Orchestra conducted by Norman Chinner.
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission in association with the SA Ballet Club
Tivoli Theatre – November 25 to 29, 1947

6. Royal Music Festival South Australian Symphony Orchestra with massed choirs and bands conducted by Norman Chinner.
Presented by The Government of South Australia
Wayville Oval - March 24, 1954

7. Royal Music Festival South Australian Symphony Orchestra with massed choirs and bands conducted by Henry Krips and Norman Chinner.
Presented by The Government of South Australia
Elder Park - March 5, 1958

Folder 9: South Australian Symphony Orchestra

1. Schools’ Orchestral Concert South Australian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Norman Chinner.
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall – August 23 and 24, 1949

2. Youth Concert South Australian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Norman Chinner.
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
Adelaide Town Hall – September 22, 1953

Folder 10: Queensland Symphony Orchestra

1. Coleridge Taylor – Song of Hiawatha- Queensland State and Municipal Choir and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Soloists: Dorothy Jeserich, Ronald Dowd, Harold Williams
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
City Hall, Brisbane – June 13, 1953

2. Mendelssohn - Elijah- Queensland State and Municipal Choir and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Soloists: Margaret Moore, Florence Taylor William Herbert, Robert Payne
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
City Hall, Brisbane – June 9, 1956.

3. Fauré – Requiem. Carl Orff – Carmina Burana- - Queensland State and Municipal Choir, Junior Choir of the Church of England Grammar School and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Soloists: Margaret Conley, Janice Hearne, Stewart Harvey
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
City Hall, Brisbane – October 18, 1958 – 2 copies

4. Vaughan Williams – Song of Thanksgiving for Soprano, Narrator and Chorus, Cantata: Dona Nobis Pacem - Queensland State and Municipal Choir, Loreto Convent Children’s Choir and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Soloists: Margaret Moore, Morris Williams
Presented by The Australian Broadcasting Commission
City Hall, Brisbane – August 4, 1956

 

Series 3: Letters written by Chinner to Mrs Carrington (Connie) Fisher, 1954, 1957-58  1 cm.

(1957 letters and postcards were written during Chinner’s last trip to England)

 

Series 4: Other  1 cm.

1. Brochure – The Adelaide Philharmonic Choir 1937-1952
Listing Committee, Works performed, Conductors, Members of the Choir
With articles – Foreword (CC Wicks – Manager of the ABC in SA), The Story of the Choir (Clifford Harrop – Chairman of the Choir) and Messages - WG James (Director of Music ABC), (AE Floyd, sometime Organist and Director of Music, S.Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne) – 2 copies

2. Official Souvenir program – Leeds Triennial Festival September 30 – October 7, 1950, signed by Norman Chinner, 1950

3. Contract between the BBC and Norman Chinner to conduct the BBC Singers 13.6.1957

 

Ashleigh Tobin
Cheryl Hoskin
September 2018

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