A PASSION FOR SONG: Octogenarian Elizabeth Swain and Dynasty8 Chamber Choir are sure to entertain at the Mullumbimby Festival in November.
A PASSION FOR SONG: Octogenarian Elizabeth Swain and Dynasty8 Chamber Choir are sure to entertain at the Mullumbimby Festival in November.

No stopping the music for this octogenerian

MUSIC has always been Ocean Shores octogenerian Elizabeth Swain's life but little did she realise she would still be breaking new ground after her eightieth birthday.

Elizabeth, who turned eighty back in February, will bring her group the Dynasty8 Chamber Choir to this year's Mullumbimby Festival in November.

It's a first for Elizabeth who was awarded an OAM for her services to musical education after a career that spanned 50 years.

"Dynasty8 is a performing classical choir we don't usually sing popular songs," she said. However, she said the group have a broad repertoire of modern and ancient madrigal music which they will be performing at this year's Festival as well as something even more unusual.

"We will also do our Rest program, where people are invited to come with their sleeping bags and lay down on the floor and listen to a concert of sublime music and poetry."

She said the idea was to take the music away from the usual uncomfortable church pews and put it in a more relaxing environment.

The group was invited to perform by festival director Glenn Wright who has seen them on numerous occasions.

"We are not the usual group you see at the festival," Elizabeth laughed.

Born in 1938 in the tiny Victorian town of Numurkah, Elizabeth was the daughter of dairy farmers.

She went on to have a long and illustrious career primarily in music education in Melbourne, London and Sydney where she established the music department at Newington College. She also conducted the choir at the prestigious St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney.

However, when she moved to the Northern Rivers with her husband Roger 12 years ago it was to retire and be close to her children and grandchildren.

But music is still in her blood and with a couple of members of her own family in this group, how could she resist.

Hear them at the Mullumbimby Festival November 15-18. Tickets are available from trybooking.com. Liz and the group hope to put on a Christmas Eve concert in Brunswick this year.


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