Longtime Superfan from Australia Shares His Story
When the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square toured Europe in the summer of 2016, fans were ecstatic. It had been 18 long years since the Choir has been to Europe—The tour visited eight European cities over 20 days and included performances in Berlin, Nuremberg and Frankfurt, Germany, Vienna, Austria, Zurich, Switzerland, Brussels, Belgium, and Rotterdam, Netherlands. Choir fans came from far and wide to see them.
A longtime Choir fan, Trevor Clarke, 82, made the long trip from Sydney, Australia to see four of the Choir’s concerts from the tour. Clarke has been a Choir fan since age 18 and hasn’t missed a broadcast in years. “When I first heard the Choir one morning twiddling around the the dial on the old radio and I heard these voices and I thought ‘What’s this?’ and it was the Choir and I was hooked” said Clarke.
Clarke continued, “Unfortunately, I didn’t go to Salt Lake City [to see the Choir] until 2013. Why I didn’t go earlier I don’t know, maybe finance,” he laughed, before adding, “I went in September 2013 and 10 months later I was back again—so what an effect it had on me.”
Since his first trip to Salt Lake City in 2013, he has developed a friendship with choir personnel, including announcer Lloyd Newell and organist Clay Christiansen, who made arrangements for Clarke to come for sound checks and concerts during the tour. “I’m not a Mormon,” he said. “I’m not anything. I just love my music, and to me, this is just the greatest choir in the world.”