Celebration of Ageing
5 December 2013

Celebration of Ageing

Benetas recently hosted over 250 people at St Paul’s Cathedral in an Australian first.

To celebrate its 65th anniversary, Benetas held a special cathedral service, which unveiled a new musical setting composed by two renowned Australian composers, Michael Leighton Jones and Philip Matthias.

The music was an amazing feature of the service, inspired by swing and other music from throughout the century. The service, titled Celebration of Ageing, celebrated older people and their ongoing contribution to our community.

The Choir of Trinity College performed the incredibly moving pieces, alongside a piano, organ and brass quintet. A congregation choir, led by Choir Director at Toorak Anglican Church, Mel Waters, joined the performance,making it one to truly remember.

Sandra Hills, CEO Benetas, said that she was delighted to be able to host such an exciting event.

“Composing a new piece of music to celebrate ageing has never been done before in Australia. We were delighted to work with Mr Waters, Mr Leighton Jones and Mr Matthias to create this inspiring, elegant piece of work,” Ms Hills said.

The Sunday Age attended the service, and ran an online feature, including interviews with Benetas residents who attended on the day, on Sunday 2nd November.

Following the service, Benetas held a special thank you event, to thank staff and volunteers for their contribution to the 65 year Benetas history, and to launch the 2012/2013 Benetas Annual Report.