Ella and Katarina McNeil, Anna and Nicola Dunnicliff-Wells with Gail Godber and Valerie Broad OAM.

THE countdown is on for the Bendigo Youth Choir’s 35th Anniversary celebrations in November – but they’re still trying to get in touch with half of the 800 alumni that have passed through their doors.

Former choristers Nicola Dunnicliff-Wells and Katarina McNeill got together around the piano to reminisce about old times, each bringing their own children – Anna and Ella, who have followed their parents’ footsteps and now also sing with the choir.

“It gives me great joy to see Anna enjoying singing as much as I did,” Ms Dunnicliff-Wells said.

“The choir has been great for her musical development and provided many opportunities to perform, including overseas.”

“The choir after all these years made us feel very welcome and it brought back such wonderful memories of my time with the choir,” Ms McNeill said.

The anniversary celebrations will occur on Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17, with song recording, a cabaret and more planned.

“Saturday will be all about catching up with familiar faces from across the years, warming up the vocal cords and singing together once again after so long,” founder and artistic director Valerie Broad OAM said.

There will then be a concert at St Paul’s Cathedral on the Sunday, with alumni who have gone onto professional musical careers returning home to perform. Tickets will go on sale later this year.

Former members yet to provide their contact details for the events should send them to byc35years@gmail.com