Helga McCutcheon is remembered by all members of the Ipswich Orpheus Chorale with great affection and admiration. Helga joined the Chorale in 1992 competing in her first Queensland Eisteddfod with the Chorale in Toowoomba. She was a very skilled Alto with a beautiful voice able to harmonise very well. Helga was also known for her comedic acting capabilities – the ‘HAM’ of the Chorale. Helga strutted her skills on the boardwalks performing the role of a convincing prostitute in Le Misérables, a mother in Fiddler on the Roof and was part of the Von Crap Family in a number of our theatre restaurants. Having been born in Austria Helga was partial to sharing her considerable yodelling skills at various events and concerts.
For over 28 years Helga was a dedicated chorister and volunteer, always there to help when required. For many years she organised the afternoon teas for the Chorales Pleasant Sunday Afternoon Concerts. With her boots and all philosophy, Helga held a number of roles on the Chorales Management Committee including Assistant Librarian and Subscription Secretary ensuring that our loyal subscribers were able to attend shows and concerts. Helga will be greatly missed for her cakes, slices but most of all her jams and chutneys which sold like hotcakes at concerts and contributed to the overall fundraising of the Chorale.
We will miss Helga’s vibrant, dynamic and always happy personality within the Chorale.