Basil Yule regularly attends conversation evenings straight after choir rehearsals. He is in Giuseppe Parisi’s group.
Basil is one of the choir ‘originals’, having joined it at its very inception eleven years ago. Basil had arranged for the choir to sing softly at the bedside of his terminally ill dear wife but when the choir arrived at the hospice we learnt that Joan had passed away half an hour earlier. Though very sad, the choir gathered under a gum tree opposite the hospice and went on singing the pieces we had selected for Joan.
Basil is a very obliging member of the choir and regularly assists Sam, David and Rodolfo in carrying and setting up the sound system for our public performances. This more than makes up for his frequent misplacing of song sheets!Here is his brief story.
“I went to school in Qld and achieved a teaching certificate at Kelvin Grove College. I taught for a few years there as well as in England and Scotland but after marrying a Scottish girl I returned to teach in NSW for a long time. We moved to Canberra when my daughter gave birth and have lived here from 1998. Since moving to Canberra I taught as a relief teacher for a few years. In 2014 my wife died from a horrifying, 3-year, long drawn-out battle with cancer.
My main activity since 2014 has been kayaking. I paddle almost every other day on the Molonglo River. I have joined the Burley Griffin Canoe Club, a very sociable group that also has champions in the canoe-racing world. There are many clubs engaged in the marathon series meetings to race and socialise. This physical exercise has interested me again in sports that I thought were beyond me. I plan to renew my interests in mountaineering and mountain biking.
Many years ago my daughter gave me a ticket to the Dante conversation classes where I was so impressed by Phil Perman [a Dante member who is also a tenor and a singing teacher] showing our class the intricacies of an Italian operatic piece that I was hooked.
I continue to live alone with a lot of interaction with my daughter Fiona and her family – husband Russ, 17-year old daughter Meg, 9-year old Kate and their 6-year old Jack Russell, Maisie.
Next year I hope to attend an opera in Verona and have a long slow cycling, climbing holiday in the Dolomites.”