Draft:Marist Singer's of NSW (Australia) & Young Sydney Singer's
The Marist Singer's of NSW was formed in 1972 by the late Br Oswin McKinney from Marist College Eastwood, NSW, Australia.
Their first performance was in a musical with the NSW School of Opera, "Carmen" in 1972 and in 1974, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" with singer, Mark Holden at the Seymour Centre in Sydney.
In 1976, with the then new Artistic Director, Paul Bateman OAM, they featured on the sound track of Pat Lovell"s film "Break of Day", singing an old WW1 Anzac rallying tune, "Australia Will Be There".
The Marist Singer's, consisted of boys from Eastwood, Penshurst and Hamilton Marist Brothers schools with boys between the ages of 10 to 14 years old to form a treble choir.
The Marist Singer's had a close association with The National Boy's Choir (NBC) of Melbourne, Victoria. In 1978 the Marist Singer's toured with the NBC in Victoria and a concert was held at Box Hill Technical College.
Several albums were released, "I'm A Song, Sing Me", (Ref: YPRX-1426B) in 1977 and 2 records were released in 1979, " The World is a Beautiful Place", (Ref: YW001) a 45 in time for the 1979 International Year of The Child. The 2nd record was an album, "Marist Singer's of NSW in concert (Ref: YPRX-1599A).
In 1982, the choir changed its name to The Young Sydney Singer's (YSS), with Paul Bateman OAM, now in full command of the choir.
The Singer's appeared on the Mike Walsh Show on Channel 9 Sydney and sang with Simon Gallaher, with the song, "Australia Be Proud".
The Choir disbanded in 1997, with a final concert, including some "old" boy's at Cerdon College, Merrylands, NSW.
Paul Bateman OAM, unexpected passed away in August 2021.