Pottsville writer “switched on mentally” to storytelling
POTTSVILLE senior Stan Hall joined U3A Tweed about four years ago.
He loved writing, and thought it was time to get "switched on mentally".
Since then he's written thousands of words about his life experiences.
Stan, aged 89, was a music fan and used to perform with the Quadrilaterals singing group, made up of members or former members of the Murwillumbah Philharmonic Choir.
First tenor Tony McKerrow wrote in 2003 about the origin of the group's name: "The name Quadrilaterals, which began as a joke, derives from the fact that, just as the geometrical figure quadrilateral can be described as an 'out-of-shape square', the quartet's repertoire of songs can be considered 'square' by modern standards.
"The members, whose physical conditions are not as trim as they used to be, can aptly be described as four old, pretty badly out-of-shape squares."
Stan said the group was well-received by audiences.
"We did a couple of shows at Twin Towns for Seniors Week," he said.
"We sang at a lot of hospitals around the place, churches, old folks' homes.
"Whilst we did sing a few numbers in a 'barber shop' fashion, we really regarded ourselves as a male quartet doing ballads, novelty songs, songs from musical shows, etc.
"We had about 24 numbers we could do and another 10 or 12 we were learning at the time."
At one time, the Quadrilaterals presented six shows in seven days.
"I was 83 when we pulled up. We were all getting on a bit," Stan said.
"I've done a lot of singing over my life. I've always had this great love for music."
An excerpt from Stan's story, "Talents and hobbies":
WHEN I was about 11, my father gave me a ticket to go to the music club's function.
Generally the clubs would have advanced students from the Sydney Conservatorium to sing or play for them.
This particular night featured a really star attraction in an outstanding Sydney baritone soloist, Harold Williams, who had had a big following in England pre-WW2 and was planning to return overseas to resume his career.
I knew of him from records and was very excited to hear him in the flesh.
I was absolutely transfixed that a male voice could make such a wonderful and exciting sound.
The Welsh hormones that I had inherited from my long dead maternal grandmother surfaced and I determined that night that somehow I would sing.