Today, there's not a great deal to relate, but please keep all your communication channels open as there should be some uplifting news shortly!
In the meantime, please be reassured that the Committee is doing its utmost to work out a safe and secure way for us to return to singing, taking into account the recommendations by appropriate bodies for a choral group of our size.
Our 'Covid Canary', Maggie, has researched at length and put together many documents from the relevant authorities and with this wealth of information, we will create a Vocally Wild Safety Plan for 2021.
BAYSIDE COUNCIL GRANT
Russel submitted an application to Bayside Council for a Re-activation Grant and we are happy to advise that $2,000 has been awarded to us for assistance with re-activation costs. This will be of great help and we thank Bayside City Council for their generosity and continued interest in Vocally Wild Choir.
Russel was interviewed recently by a reporter from the ‘Bayside News’, so this will be something to watch out for!
SEARCH FOR MUSIC DIRECTOR
An advertisement is currently appearing on the ANCA (Australian National Choral Association) website and a copy has been placed on the Radio 3MBS noticeboard, as we continue our search for a new Music Director.
"A PLACE IN THE CHOIR"
We have now acquired the sheet music for Celtic Thunder's 'A Place in the Choir', which is certain to become our 'signature anthem' for the future. Once again, thank you to John Smith for his recommendation and enthusiam. The sheet music will be forwarded as a separate email. You will be able to access the video on U-tube www..youtube.com - so enjoy familiarising yourself with this delightful song and we can hit the ground running when we resume singing again.
Talking of songs, if any of you have any particular favourites from Vocally Wild's past, please make your list and send it in - we really want to hit the right note and start off singing what we love.
REPORT ON CAROL SINGING AT BLACK ROCK SPORTS CLUB (Lidia)
Last year, the Black Rock sports club asked me if I could organise a group of singers to sing some Christmas carols at their annual end of year get together. I was given a week to organise it, so I was very grateful to the dozen or so people who agreed to sing that night.
It was all very impromptu, but I believe very successful. Jenny Ellison came as well and got the party swinging! She was such an asset and we were all happy she could join us. The audience was so enthusiastic that we sang more than we had planned.
Thank you Black Rock Sports club. I’m sure we would be happy to perform again for them.
Thanks you Lidia. It was a fabulous night - just what we needed and the crowd was huge!
ROTARY IN HARMONY
I'm not sure how many of you tuned in to the 'Rotary in Harmony' Zoom last November, but it was excellent, well produced with plenty of talented performers, including some thoughtful, melodic and beautiful songs from Damien Leith. For your interest, there was a 'spinning wheel' competition and our Jan Gooding won a prize!
FOR A BIT OF FUN
Some thoughts about Covid from Shar Hughes (written by her friend’s brother):
Medical experts in Melbourne were asked if it was time to ease the COVID lockdown.
Allergists were in favour of scratching it, but Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves. Gastroenterologists had sort of a gut feeling about it, but Neurologists thought the government had a lot of nerve.
Obstetricians felt certain everyone was labouring under a misconception, while -
Ophthalmologists considered the idea short-sighted.
Many Pathologists yelled, "Over my dead body!" while -
Paediatricians said, "Oh, grow up!"
Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, while -
Radiologists could see right through it.
Surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing and -
Pharmacists claimed it would be a bitter pill to swallow.
Plastic Surgeons opined that this proposal would "put a whole new face on the matter."
Podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but -
Urologists were pissed off at the whole idea.
Anaesthetists thought the whole idea was gas, and those lofty -
Cardiologists didn’t have the heart to say no.
Oncologists said this was spreading too fast and had to be better managed.
Orthopaedic Surgeons said to cut out all this silliness and just accept what they say as Gospel.
Psychologists want to say 'there is 'no point in hiding behind a mask' or -
As Podiatrists would say 'cut to the quick and get on with it'.
In the end, the Proctologists won out, leaving the entire decision up to the arseholes in politics.
Cheerio for now, but watch out for more news soon!
25th January, 2021.
Hello Virtual Soul Choir singers!
|Hope this email finds you all well and bearing up under the various levels of restriction. Fear not though choristers - we may have the antidote for these lockdown blues... the second Virtual Soul Choir project is here! The return. The sequel! Yes I. (not a typo but Caribbean slang!)
We have been commissioned by Della Vreeland from the Baha'i community to create an online choir video for our original work, Song of Celebration. You can read more about it online. We would love you to be involved!
When you go to the virtualsoulchoir.com website you will find the following:
Also the fortnightly Monday Night Soul Infusion (MNSI) sessions are going really well! Thanks everyone who has joined us so far. There are two more in this term.
Every 2 weeks on Mon, 7.30pm - Aug 24, Sep 7
Meeting ID: 857 7045 2039 Passcode: 744201 Donation for MNSI is through the same button on the Virtual Soul Choir website. If your 2020 is sagging in the middle, come and join us on either or both, we'd love to see you! George & Geoffrey
FROM CAROLINE DUNN - 'SING IN SEPTEMBER'
Hope you are well. I got this email from the Boite, go to the end to see singing workshops in September that may be of interest to Vocally Wild members. Choir seems like a distant memory and a long way off in the future. Keep healthy
SING IN SEPTEMBERSingers, all over Melbourne, and all over the world, are missing their regular opportunities to connect through song and friendship, in halls and churches.
The Boite has developed an online day of singing to help to fill the gap. Presenters from the UK, Canada and Melbourne will bring their expertise to offer new songs and opportunities to singers here and across the globe in the form of 3x90-minute workshops presented online.
Tickets through trybooking.com/BKPUI
FROM MAGGIE CRIPPS Look up: YouTube: Longest Time by Phoenix Chamber Choir!! Also try this - 6df1703b-377a-4b3e-97dd-550f6e095b55.MP4 (8MB) but you may have to type all this in!!!
Maggie has been fully occupied during lockdown, see her efforts below! Fabulous, Maggie and Rod!
You were asking what we were doing to fill our time. As you already know, I have been making masks for friends and neighbours and asking a $5 donation to send to the Alfred hospital for staff welfare during this crisis. I have now made over 90 and have raised over $500, but think I am close to retiring from this project. All the neighbours have turned out their sewing kits and given me reams of stored elastic for this accidental and unplanned project.
Rod and I have also been trying to create a sourdough starter without much success, so if anyone has a good recipe for it we would love to try it.
During the first lockdown we went crazy in the garden, tidying and planting veggies, both in the back yard, and in the front yard for the neighbours. The front yard patch is now quite productive and we are receiving lovely responses, ie $5 and a thank you note in the letterbox, a contribution of home made beer on the front door mat, and a beautiful lemon curd tart from next door.
There are plenty of other projects in this house as we have been here for over 50 years, and there is enormous amounts of accumulated junk (all good according to the engneer I live with!).
I have also learned how to set up Zoom meetings for my book clubs, and kept in touch with friends via Messenger (another first for this teck dinosaur).
Keeps me occupied!!
Maggie has also sent along some insightful tales of engineers - a sample is 'Understanding Engineers, No. 7' - can send you the others if you would like!
An engineer was crossing a road one day, when a frog called out to him and said, "If you kiss me, I'll turn into a beautiful princess." He bent over, picked up the frog, and put it in his pocket.
The frog spoke up again and said, "If you kiss me, I'll turn back into a beautiful princess and stay with you for one week." The engineer took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it and returned it to the pocket.
The frog then cried out, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a princess I'll stay with you for one week and do anything you want." Again, the engineer took the frog out, smiled at it and put it back into his pocket.
Finally, the frog asked, "What's the matter? I've told you I'm a beautiful princess and that I'll stay with you for one week and do anything you want. Why won't you kiss me?" The engineer said, "Look, I'm an engineer. I don't have time for a girlfriend. But a talking frog - now that's cool."
FROM ROSE OLSON - - a wonderful German flashmob - you'll love it!
That's all for now folks, apart from a reminder of the AGM on 2nd September.
Kind thoughts to you all,
Good Morning Vocally Wilders,
On this chilly morning, hope you are all doing ok, keeping well and busy. Difficult times, but let’s hope we can all think positively - that's the best we can do!
You will have probably received your A.G.M. notice, sent via email, a few minutes ago. Dianne will be our host for this Zoom meeting and here are the details again -
Topic: Vocally Wild AGM. Date: Sep 2, 2020 Time: 07:30 p.m. To join the Zoom Meeting click the link or go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87976218616 Meeting ID: 879 7621 8616.
Please let me know if you didn't receive the AGM Notice and I will forward it again. Thank you Dianne for offering to host this meeting - let's hope as many of you as possible will be able to attend. Any nominations for a position on the Committee to be forwarded please to Russel (email above) with details of nominee, yourself as nominator and the name of a seconder by Wednesday, 26th August. Thank you.
Katrina sent the email below to Russel and Diana and we are now forwarding it to you, should you be interested in taking part.
I am hoping this email finds you both well during this tricky time in Melbourne. I have been making a couple of resources to aid my choir members to sing at home.
Essentially I aim to teach an entire SATB arrangement of a song in a 30 minute video which includes a warm-up, a tutorial for the parts and a multi-tracked video of the song conducted and sung by me and special guests (so far, my husband Tom and Andrew Price from the Kingston Sea Shanties). The music is also sent as a PDF with the video link.
Cheryl has suggested that this might be a way to teach choral arrangements for the Christmas Concert and I am certainly open to the idea if we are to be involved.
For now I thought I would send you both through the YouTube links to the SATB versions of the two songs I have taught and if you thought members of Vocally Wild might be interested in the videos please feel free to direct them to the courses page on my website: https://katrinawaters-soprano.com/courses/
The videos are not perfect, especially when the Bass in Down to the River (my husband Tom) persisted in singing the wrong words, as we all do from time to time. However, I hope the videos inspire community choristers to put on a pair of headphones and sing like no one is listening!
Best wishes, Katrina email@example.com
Down in the River to Pray https://youtu.be/DK7KcwDiUFw
Black is the Colour of My True Love’s Hair https://youtu.be/IEgzrxOg5LQ
WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING, OR WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING?
Sylvia (2nd Sops) had a great idea - she thought it might be interesting and fun if we shared our ;'lock-down' activities! There must be a myriad of ideas and activities out there! What's the worst thing you've done during the lock down? Sylvia has been exploring her painting - doing tutorials, trying different skills using loads of colours. (I know there are several other 'artists' in our midst - send me some photos if you want to share your creations). Sylvia has also been clearing cupboards in the garage - delving into materials from 20 years ago, half finished paintings and projects, organising Christmas decorations, lovingly sorting tubs of photos and making them into photoboards, enjoying the great memories. Phew - am exhausted thinking of it all! The worst thing I have done so far is to half-heartedly clean the oven! The best is starting to learn to play the pian0 from scratch! Patrice, there is definitely no threat to your job!!!
Let me know - I am sure people would love to hear what you're doing.or what you promise yourself you'll do!
MORE ITEMS OF INTEREST FROM MEMBERS
Caroline Dunn: Caroline suggrests contacting The Boite - email firstname.lastname@example.org and looking into their Singing Workshops: which will take place from: 12:30pm, Sunday September 13th. $20 for a single workshop, $50 for a 3-workshop pass. Tickets through trybooking.com/BKPUI
ROSE OLSON has been keeping me entertained with a variety of attachments and emails of amazing music and funnies in the last few weeks. Here is one of the delightful ones from good old Winnie:
i am sure CHRISTINE MONTGOMERY (Alto) won't mind me mentioning that she will be having a 'special' birthday on the 11th August - Happy Birthday from all of us Christine - thinking of you. Wish we could be singing to you in our usual raucus way!
Thank you to SUE BEAZLEY for sending her 'keeping in touch' email to the Sopranos! Very interesting and welcome Sue.
Cheerio for now - don't forget the AGM,, plus let me have anything you would like to share with members to keep the communication going!!
Dear Vocally Wild and Friends,
This will, sadly, be a short Newsletter.and even though some of you might think "thank goodness" (!!!) I know I would prefer be able to 'waffle on' and give you too much news!!!
In this current climate, you would all have probably anticipated that changes were inevitable regarding how we conduct choir and so, to get straight to the point, Committee has decided unanimously that the best and safest decision is that we cancel Term 2.
Russel will be in touch with you all about our plans as far as Diana and Patrice are concerned and Cherry will write to you all about membership fees and our decisions in this area..
Consequently, many of our planned activities have been cancelled, for example the ANZAC Parade/Service. The Annual General Meeting has been deferred to later in the year and our Concert will probably be cancelled, or deferred to much later in the year;.
You will have received today the message from Cecilia that the Hobart Festival of Voices has just been cancelled for 2020, but we have a date for the 2021 Festival in our diaries already, so that is something to be optimistic about!
So that we can maintain our connection during our time away from rehearsals, we are wondering if you have any suggestions as how to do this. For example these amazing creations such as Zoom, Chat Rooms, Facebook come to mind. We would be happy to hear your ideas. In the meantime, do watch out for each other and if there is anyone who is alone and needing help, please make contact with anyone from our committee - Vocally Wild has a large membership and there is sure to be someone who could help.
A message, sent to me by Rose Olson, is printed below. It is a copy of an internal email from the Royal Brisbane Hospital sent to their staff, dated 17th March, 2020. Their explanations and recommendations about the coronavirus may avert some possible fear or uncertainty.
"Hey Mr. Trolleyman, sing a song for me ....." Has anyone else seen him?
Ilse looked out for Mr Trollyman - "thought it was him humming away, bare feet. along Sandy beach".
Keep me posted if you spot him during your social distancing - he seems to be adrift with his friend Mr. Curly, so watch out for him! Would love to hear what he's up to!
Kindest regards and we will be in touch.
The simplest way to distinguish Coronavirus from a Common Cold is that the COVID-19 infection does not cause a cold nose or cough with cold, but it does create a dry and rough cough.
The virus is typically first installed in the throat causing inflammation and a feeling of dryness. This symptom can last between 3 and 4 days.
The virus typically then travels through the moisture present in the airways, goes down to the trachea and installs in the lungs, causing pneumonia that lasts about 5 or 6 days.
Pneumonia manifests with a high fever and difficulty breathing. The Common Cold is not accompanied, but there may be a choking sensation. In this case, the doctor should be called immediately.
Experts suggest doing this simple verification every morning: Breathe in deeply and hold your breath for 10 seconds. If this can be done without coughing, without difficulty, this shows that there is no fibrosis in the lungs, indicating the absence of infection. It is recommended to do this control every morning to help detect infection.
The virus hates heat and dies if it is exposed to temperatures greater than 80°F (27°C). Therefore hot drinks such as infusions, broths or simply hot water should be consumed abundantly during the day. These hot liquids kill the virus and are easy to ingest.
Avoid drinking ice water or drinks with ice cubes.
Ensure that your mouth and throat are always wet, never DRY. You should drink a sip of water at least every 15 minutes. WHY? Even when the virus enters water or other liquids through the mouth, it will get flushed through the oesophagus directly into the stomach where gastric acids destroy the virus. If there is not enough water, the virus can pass into the trachea and from there to the lungs, where it is very dangerous.
For those who can, sunbathe. The Sun's UV rays kill the virus and the vitamin D is good for you.
The Coronavirus has a large size (diameter of 400-500 nanometers) so face masks can stop it, no special face masks are needed in daily life.
If an infected person sneezes near us, stay 10 feet (3.3 meters) away to allow the virus fall to the ground and prevent it from falling on you.
When the virus is on hard surfaces, it survives about 12 hours, therefore when hard surfaces such as doors, appliances, railings, etc. are touched, hands should be washed thoroughly and/or disinfected with alcoholic gel.
The virus can live nested in clothes and tissues between 6 and 12 hours. Common detergents can kill it. Things that cannot be washed should be exposed to the Sun and the virus will die. The transmission of the virus usually occurs by direct infection, touching fabrics, tissues or materials on which the virus is present.
Washing your hands is essential.
The virus survives on our hands for only about 10 minutes. In that time many things can happen, rubbing the eyes, touching the nose or lips. This allows the virus to enter your throat. Therefore, for your good and the good of all, wash your hands very often and disinfect them. You can gargle with disinfectant solutions (i.e. Listerine or Hydrogen Peroxide) that eliminate or minimize the amount of virus that can enter the throat. Doing so removes the virus before it goes down to the trachea and then to the lungs.
Disinfect things touched often: phone, keyboard, mouse, car steering wheel, door handles, etc.
|FRIDAY, 28TH FEB.||HOBART FEE DUE|
|SUNDAY, 15TH MARCH||VIVA MELBOURNE CONCERT|
|TUESDAY, 24TH MARCH||TERM 1 CONCLUDES – Open Mic|
|SATURDAY, 28TH MARCH||VIVA MELBOURNE DEPART|
|TUESDAY, 14TH APRIL||TERM 2 COMMENCES|
|SUNDAY, 19TH APRIL||ANZAC PARADE, BEAUMARIS|
|WEDNESDAY, 3RD JUNE||A.G.M.|
|TUESDAY, 23RD JUNE||TERM 2 CONCLUDES – Open Mic.|
|SAT. 4TH TO WED. 8TH JULY||FESTIVAL OF VOICES, HOBART|
|TUES. 14TH JULY||TERM 3 COMMENCES|
|SUNDAY, 30TH AUGUST||V.W. CONCERT, 2 P.M, B.T.HALL|
|TUES. 15TH SEPTEMBER||TERM 3 CONCLUDES – Open Mic.|
|TUES. 6TH OCTOBER||TERM 4 COMMENCES|
|TUES. (1ST/8TH DEC, TBC)||TERM 4 CONCLUDES – Open Mic.|
SATURDAY, 14TH DEC:
SATURDAY, 21ST DEC:
SUNDAY, 22ND DEC:
TUESDAY, 4TH FEB:
|CAROLS AT MAYFLOWER 2.30 P.M.
CAROLS WITH MOSAIC, MYER S’LAND 1 PM & 2 PM
CAROLS, HAMPTON CRICKET CLUB 7.30 PM
CAROLS WITH MOSAIC, MYER S’LAND 1 PM & 2 PM
TERM 1, 2020 COMMENCES
|SATURDAY, 23RD NOVEMBER||BAYSIDE CAROLS REHEARSAl, 10.20.|
|CAROLS AT MAYFLOWER 2.30 P.M.|
|CAROLS WITH MOSAIC AT MYER SOUTHLAND (A SMALL GROUP OF V.W. BARBERSHOP SINGERS)|
|CAROLS AT HAMPTON CRICKET CLUB|
|SATURDAY, 23RD NOVEMBER||BAYSIDE CAROLS REHEARSAL|
|CAROLS AT MAYFLOWER (TBC)|
SINGING LESSONS – Dianne Birch.
“Music is the Language of Memory”
If you would like to enhance your vocal
range and confidence with singing, having one on one singing lessons is a great way to achieve that. If this is something you are interested in please be in touch with
M: 0410 583 496
Now that Term 3 is over and as we look forward to the exciting lead up to 'Carols in the Park' in Term 4, may I take this opportunity to say thank you to Diana and Patrice for their energy and expertise during this busy term. Thanks also to Dianne for filling in for Diana so well on the final night and for organising the Open Mic session. See Dianne's report below.
|TUESDAY, 1ST OCTOBER||SENIORS' WEEK LAUNCH|
|MAGGIE’S CROATIA DINNER (SELL OUT!!) DINNER WITH THE STARS, SSSB|
|To be confirmed.|
It's been a busy term with many Vocally Wilders performing in various ways -
|As setting up equipment for performances, and packing up again, is a time consuming task for a small willing team, we are requesting volunteers (men and women) to come along to choir a little early on a Tuesday and learn how to set up the sound equipment and complete other simple tasks. This would assist Russel and Richard greatly plus give helpers new skills! Please contact Russel if you would like to help. Thank you.|
MUSICAL ITEMS OF INTEREST
Thank you also to those who donated clothing, bags, etc. for Family Life's 'Spring Carnival' - the organisers were absolutely delighted with the response. All their hard work paid off as by all accounts the event was a sell out and hugely successful.. Family Life perform a wonderful and necessary role in the community. See below another of their initiatives.
FAMILY LIFE - "CATCH UP 4 WOMEN"
Family Life have introduced a new programme. If you can relate to this or know someone who may benefit by being involved, please make contact - details are on the website.
‘BEING A 50+ WOMAN IS A RISKY BUSINESS’
On 15 August, 2019, Family Life officially launched the “Catch Up 4 Women” programme at Cheltenham Op Shop. Close to 70 guests attended the launch where they enjoyed a wonderful high tea, mingled with other community members and heard from Family Life CEO, Jo Cavanagh, as well as volunteer participants and staff working on the project.
Catch Up 4 Women has been developed in response to increasing evidence that women over 50 years of age are facing unique risks to their financial security and general wellbeing. The programme seeks to educate women about what they need to know and be prepared for, in order to age well and in control of their circumstances.
“A growing number of older women are often not prepared for the economic insecurity that can occur later in life,” Family Life CEO, Jo Cavanagh said:
“Being forced out of the workforce early, insufficient superannuation, the death of an income earning spouse or escaping family violence are just a few of the scenarios facing more and more older women.” “Catch Up for Women brings women together to learn, socialise and support each other and connect them with specialist advice and resources.” “Helping women to be in control of their circumstances as they age is more imperative than ever before.”
How you can get involved:
Up-coming Catch Up 4 Women Activities
Mentor Training will be held throughout October and December. Please contact Deb Donaldson to participate. Welcome Wednesday is a morning tea each week with special focus on areas of interest. These free events are to be held every Wednesday at the Cheltenham Op shop from 10:00 am -11.30am. No need to book, just turn up.
To find out more visit our website to watch a short video, or register your interest to become a mentor at familylife.com.au/catchup4women
Here are Ilse's delightful words:
VOCALLY WILD CHOIR HERE IN SANDRINGHAM (ifz 3/9/19)
our voices follow Diana’s forte
from softest strokes for radiant songs
to shelter lofty soprano ranges
above us diligent alto virtues
we’ve got the swing to honour
holding any melody in place
her masterly voice
glides away from upper d-f-g
to tenor strides
leaving baritone and bass singers surprised
by her body swings like no tomorrow
pushing their voices to swell
in unison to energetic harmony
and Patrice controls
repeat after repeats
sometimes I venture
will Cio da Terra translate
from piano text toward her classic retreat
we choir singers are made of willing temper
our souls are discovered while we extend
free will of unique complexion in spirit
creating harmonious ambience
PS: I HAVE A BAG OF PURPLE AND GREEN GLITTER MATERIAL (EX PERFORMANCE SCARVES - BUT TOO PRICKLY TO WEAR COMFORTABLY!!). I'LL TAKE IT TO A LOCAL KINDERGARTEN OR PLAY CENTRE, BUT IF YOU WOULD LIKE SOME PIECES FOR CRAFTWORK, ETC. PLEASE LET ME KNOW. BY EARLY NEXT TERM.
Enjoy your holidays everyone, wherever you may be!
(We are fortunate to be able to show you some wonderful Leunigs with his blessing).
|TUESDAY, 27TH AUGUST: SMALL GROUP PERFORMANCE - MAYFLOWER, 1.30 P.M.|
Trust your break was enjoyable, restful and refreshing! Welcome everyone, especially our five new members - Julie Binstead, Rachel Patterson, Joan and John Downie and Bill Stubbs, we hope you enjoy being part of Vocally Wild. To those of you who have been unwell, we hope that you are much improved. There seems to be a busy semester ahead, so here is the Diary page again in case anyone missed it last month:
|TUESDAY, 25TH JUNE: TERM 1 CONCLUDES. 'OPEN MIC.' SESSION.|
CHICAGO, starring Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Alinta Chidzey and Casey Donovan, has everything to make it great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the slickest dancing in town. CHICAGO's sexy, sassy score includes "All That Jazz" and "Razzle Dazzle".
CHICAGO has been honoured with 6 Tony Awards®, 2 Olivier Awards, a Grammy® and thousands of standing ovations. It would be a crime to miss it!
You can sign up for tickets with Kate Olson(alto) or Peg Gill (2nd Sop).
|VOCALLY WILD COMMITTEE - 2019|
|Russel Barnes (President) 0409 090 448
Julie Sergienko (Treasurer) email@example.com
Pat Lowry (Secretary) 0437 697 009 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cherry Tunnock (Membership Secretary)
|Maggie Cripps (Music Production & Management)
0458 669 883 email@example.com
Dianne Birch (Music Adviser) firstname.lastname@example.org
Edwina McLachlan email@example.com
Graham Mitchell firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenny Ellison email@example.com
|Term 2 commences||Tues. 23rd April|
|Kingston Sea Shanties||Sat. 4th May
9.30 – 12.00
|Registrationn & Singing Workshop|
|Vocally Wild Annual Concert||Fri. 14th June||Brighton T.H. 8.00 p.m.|
|Term 2 concludes||Tues. 25th June||‘Open Mic’|
|Term 3 commences||Tues. 16th July|
|Kingston Sea Shanties||Sat. 7th Sept.||Public Performance|
|Connor’s Run||Sun.15th Sept.|
|Term 3 concludes||Tues. 17th Sept.||‘Open Mic’|
|Term 4 commences||Tues. 8th Oct.|
|Dinner with the Stars/SACB||Sat. 12th Oct.||Detail to follow|
|Sandringham Festival||Sun. 27th Oct.||TBC|
|Term 4 concludes
Street Singing (Carols)
Year end Christmas function
|Tues. 3rd Dec.
Tues. 10th Dec.
|TUESDAY, 2ND APRIL: TERM 1 CONCLUDES - OPEN MIC SESSION|
|SUNDAY, 21ST APRIL: ANZAC DAY PARADE, BEAUMARIS|
|TUESDAY, 25TH JUNE: TERM 2 CONCLUDES|
A REMINDER FROM RUSSEL RE DEALING WITH V.W. MAILING
A number of people have said they don't get emails from Vocally Wild. We found that people with Bigpond accounts or Hotmail accounts may be effected by the way Bigpond and Hotmail deal with emails, which seem like spam. So for Bigpond or Hotmail users, I am letting you know how to ensure you always get emails from VW. If you normally use webmail (i.e. you use a browser to view your emails), check the junk folder and mark emails from VW as Not Junk. Doing this "whitelists" VW, and subsequent emails are more likely to be delivered If you use Outlook to view your emails, you need to use webmail to have a look at your junk folder to fix this problem. This is because Bigpond and Hotmail do not deliver emails which are considered to be spam to your Outlook junk folder. You need to mark emails from VW as Not Junk. Doing this "whitelists" VW, and subsequent emails are more likely to be delivered.
Hope you are able to receive our communications satisfactorily. If you are reading this, then there may not be a problem, but it seems that some mail from Harmony is going into our Spam or Junk folders - this may happen intermittently or continually. Russel advises that the solution is: Right Click on the email in the Junk folder and mark it "Not junk" or "Not spam" and your computer should acknowledge this and allow mail through and hopefully remember for next time! We will endeavour to head our communications with "Vocally Wild" so that this name is recognizable and accepted by the cyber warriors! However, we are advised to check our Junk Mail on a regular basis to be on the safe side.
If you plough through this newsletter, and are still focussing, you will enjoy Malcolm's follow up 'blog' on his experiences in Nepal. Amazing stuff.
PARKING AT SANDY BEACH
Finding a car parking space is a nightmare at the best of times these days, wherever we go, so parking near SandyBeach is no exception as we all know.. So bearing this in mind, when we come to choir, if you need to park in Sims Street please do so further up the street - please don't use the 15 minute parking areas, or the Church car park. Some of the streets adjacent to Sims Street may have spaces. The car park on the opposite side of Beach Road always has plenty of spots; however, do be careful crossing Beach Road. Please speak out if you are nervous about walking to your car at the end of the night, someone would be happy to walk with you.
More news: We are now the owners of two new outside 'Vocally Wild' banners, so everyone will know who we are!!
CASUAL ATTENDANCE AT CHOIR
Most members pay their full term fees at the start of each term, half year, or annually and this certainty enables the Committee to plan and fulfil its many financial commitments. However, situations may arise where members are sick or absent for many weeks, but may wish to come along to a few rehearsals in a specific term. Also, an ex-member may be keen to come back to pay us a ‘singing’ visit. In these cases the Committee feels that a casual rate of $10 for each attendance is appropriate. Cherry is happy to look after this.
See below an updated Performances and Events dates. Note a couple of changes - the V.W. A,G,M. is now to be held on Wednesday, 3rd April and the Kingston Choral Activity Registration Day has changed to Saturday, 4th May. The proposed combined concert with Mosaic and SACB has been cancelled for this year as the band is currently seeking a band leader and the timing is not right at the moment.
Term 1 concludes
|Sun. 24th Feb.
Tues. 2nd April
|S'ham Pub, 5.30 p.m.|
|V.W. Annual General Meeting||Wed. 3rd April||Open to all members.|
|ANZAC DAY Pde, Beaumaris||Sun. 21st April||Easter Sunday|
|Term 2 commences||Tues. 23rd April|
|ANZAC DAY||Thur. 25th April|
|Kingston Choral Activity Reg.||Sat. 4th May||Reg’n for interested.|
|Vocally Wild Annual Concert||Fri. 14th June||Brighton T.H. 7.30 p.m.|
|Term 2 concludes||Tues. 25th June|
|Term 3 commences||Tues. 16th July|
|Kingston Choral Performance||Sat. 7th Sept.||Combined choir activity|
|Connor’s Run||Sun.15th Sept.|
|Term 3 concludes||Tues. 17th Sept.|
|Term 4 commences||Tues. 8th Oct.|
|Sandringham Festival||Sun. 27th Oct.||TBC|
|Term 4 concludes
Street Singing (Carols)
End of year Christmas function
|Tues. 3rd Dec.
Tues. 10th Dec.
Edwina reminds us about the social gathering this Sunday, 24th February at the Sandringham Pub, 5.30 p.m. Looking forward to seeing you there!
If you want to knit a poppy for ANZAC Day, I have a great pattern for a cheerful, curly Poppy! Let me know,. If you'd like to get together for a couple of group poppy-knitting afternoons, I'm happy to organise it at my place. We could make everyone one, sell them for small amount and donate the money to the RSL.
The Committee is looking for someone from our membership who would like to volunteer to keep our Vocally Wild website up to date. I understand it is easily done via the Harmony site, so if interested, please make contact with anyone from the Committee or contact me (detail below). Many thanks.
QUESTIONNAIRE RE PROPOSED CHOIR TRIP
Thank you to the 34 responders. Here is a brief summary, but if you want the full report and comments, please let me know and I will email it to you. Watch out for more on this shortly!
THE GOLDEN AGE OF BROADWAY
(Diana was sent this message and she thought you may be interested).
I am the producer of ‘The Golden Age of Broadway’ playing the Frankston Arts Centre on March 30th, 2pm. We are trying to get the word out about our show which is being independently produced and I thought your Vocally Wild community would be interested. The show is a two act musical revue celebrating the music of G & I Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, R & H, and many more, performed by the stars of Australian Musical Theatre and the Jack Earle Trio. Tickets start from only $38.95 and can be found here: https://artscentre.frankston.vic.gov.au/Whats_On_-_Buy_Tickets/The_Golden_Age_of_Broadway?fbclid=IwAR3l70a2SQCPDvfGsxwV9g-TqUDhXehf5iyO9ijDZgUo9nT9RkLBdVN9Z2g Maverick Newman
MESSAGE FROM JENNY
Hello cat lovers! ..a friends cat urgently needs a new home..is there anyone out there looking for a sweet 4 year old kitty?? Please let me know or PM me if you are interested or know of anyone who is..Thankyou
"Angel is turning 4 in March. She was 18 months old when we got her from the RSPCA. She has had a litter of kittens but was desexed just before the adoption. She is a very easy cat to love. She’s great with children, even very young ones. She’s not much of a dog lover and will defend herself if she needs to. We keep her indoors 90% of the time. She enjoys climbing ‘her’ tree from her second story apartment after dinner or when the sun goes down. She doesn’t go far and comes as soon as she’s called. As she is an indoor cat, her nails need to be clipped on a regular basis, her clippers will be provided. She doesn’t mind a pat, a brush and a warm lap to sit on. She needs more attention than my partner and I are able to provide as our circumstances have dramatically changed and we fear that we are being cruel not being able to be home every night. She would suit a family environment or some owners that she is able to curl up with every night. We would love to keep her as she’s so amazing but we feel that that is not fair to her. Please help her to find her new forever home. She is a most loyal companion and will bring you joy just as she has us."
Hello cat lovers! ..a friends cat urgently needs a new home..is there anyone out there looking for a sweet 4 year old kitty??Please let me know or PM me if you are interested or know of anyone who is..Thankyou
"FREE" SOLID TIMBER ENTERTAINMENT/MUSIC CABINET
I just wondered if you knew anyone who may be interested in an entertainment/music cabinet, as per the photo. No charge. It’s a great piece of solid timber furniture. We have owned it since new, but with recent alterations at home it is no longer required and we’re happy to give it to a new home! The size is: Height 1200 (cm), Width 1650 (with both side cupboards open about 2200) and Depth 580. It’s on castors so can be moved, but it is quite heavy. It’s in great condition, just the hole in the back where the TV cords went through, which could easily be covered up and perhaps a shelf put there if no TV placed there. The side cupboards are great storage for CDs, DVDs etc. Contact Pat (below)
ONCE AGAIN IN NEPAL
In November last year I once again travelled to Nepal under the auspices of the Pahar Trust, Nepal (PTN). This charity provides schools, health centres and dormitories to the poor people of central Nepal.
As always the main impetus for the trip is to visit schools which I have helped by raising funds and to look for a school that we can help in the future. Last year saw the completion of a library at the village of Bal Padam and a preppies room at Kalika. There was much joy all around at the opening of these facilities.
We also visited the first school where I helped to fund a library. This school, Chhachok is now rated the best Government primary in Nepal. The impact of the library has been stunning: children numbers attending the school have rocketed. The librarian is funded from Australia, the drift of families from the village to find better schools has basically stopped and the Government has built two new classrooms! The school that I am going to help in the future is called Shree Sildu.
The school is situated in the village of Thak in the Kaski District. Historically, the village was known as a Gurung village with a minority of Dalit (un-touchables) but during the height of the insurgency almost all the villagers fled to Pokhara to escape from the Maoist threat leaving their property behind. The exception was the Dalits who had no option but to stay and face the threats. Presently, the Dalits are the major ethnic group in the village.
Since the first Nepalese national election took place and a stable government established people want to return to the village. However, an obstacle is the poor condition of the school. The very poor villagers have little money and thus whilst they desperately want their school improved they have no chance of raising the funds needed. They are seeking support from the PTN to fund the improvements. However long it takes I will find the funds! I will be delighted to chat with you about what I get up to in Nepal. Malcolm Peck
"HAPPY NEW YEAR' everyone – we hope you had a wonderful Christmas holiday and to some of you who have had operations, illness, or had your wings clipped in other ways, we trust that the new year brings new joy and optimism.
Are you ready to be in Choir and singing mode shortly? It promises to be a fabulous year, with plenty of musical and social activities ahead. We are delighted to welcome back Diana and Patrice, and the Committee will be meeting up next Tuesday to plan the 'Vocally Wild Diary' which will include Bayside Carols of course, ANZAC Day, our Concert (to take place earlier this year, in June), a couple of musical activities to occur at the Kingston Centre, plus many other performances like Connor’s Run, etc. We will also be looking at the possibility of a choir trip in 2020, so a questionnaire will be sent home shortly to ascertain people’s opinions.
Invoices for choir fees will be emailed by Cherry, via Harmony, to all current members on Friday, with a deadline date for payment being Sunday, 27th January. If you have any queries regarding fees, please could you contact Russel or Cherry. You may pay by the term, by the semester or by the year, it is up to you. Please could you respond at your earliest regarding fees, as we need to ascertain how many places may be available to new members. Thank you.
Diana sends her message that she is very pleased to be continuing being our Musical Director this year and thanks one and all for a great learning/transition year together in 2018. She feels we all did well with so much good life and music packed in!
Diana sees 2019 as a year of consolidation - retaining and revising the strongest songs of last year (and previous years) along with introducing new songs, so our performances will be a combination of ‘well-worn in’ together with ‘fresh’ to give us a relaxed pace of learning and a balanced, confident, fun sound and feel. She anticipates keeping the songs below as ‘standards’ in our book, for a solid repertoire to build on, and is currently looking at a very healthy list of new, very interesting pieces including some of the classics we have already enjoyed.
Rose Olsen, Kate’s (Alto) Mum, has discount tickets for Muriel’s wedding on Wed 10th April @ 1:00pm. (1st week of the school holidays). Tickets are $90. Rose gets very good seats. If you’re interested please let Kate or Peg know or contact Rose on firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you.
Thanks, Peg Gill (2nd soprano)
See you back at Choir on Tuesday, 5th February, 7.30 p.m.
Pat Lowry. 0437 697 009
|Term 1 – Tues. 5th Feb., concluding on Tues. 2nd April.
Term 2 – Tues. 23rd April, concluding on Tues. 25th June.
Term 3 – Tues. 16th July, concluding on Tues. 17th Sept.
Term 4 – Tues. 8th Oct. concluding on Tues. 3rd Dec. TBC
this early morning
for workout striders
for gentle waves move silvery blues in light
in ripple fashion to and fro
with gliding sounds towards walkers
promises in tune with ocean’s morning blue
melt towards azure
then distance brilliantly captures
pulsating imaginings descend as motive for Galatea
while mothers and children play
under today’s warming sky
|Saturday, 24th November, 2018 at the historic Christ Church, St Kilda, 8.00 p.m.
This fast moving 90 minute adaptation of Puccini’s Tosca is updated and fused with the best classic Blues, Soul and R & B songs reflecting this dark and menacing tale about love, lust, brutality and corruption. This is Opera Fusion!! Highly recommended. Mosaic’s Catrina is performing! Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/YOCS
|TUESDAY, 21ST AUGUST: FINAL MEN'S MUSIC THEORY CLASS WITH PATRICE|
|TUESDAY, 21ST AUGUST: RETURN SPARE MUSIC (PARTICULARLY XMAS)|
|TUESDAY, 18TH SEPT: LAST CHOIR FOR TERM & V.W'S TALENT ' OPEN MIC'|
|TUESDAY, 9TH OCTOBER: TERM 4 COMMENCES
FRIDAY, 12TH OCTOBER: JEKYLL & HYDE, NATIONAL THEATRE
|SATURDAY, 13TH OCT: TRIVIA NIGHT, BEAUMARIS BOWLS CLUB|
|FRIDAY, 26TH OCTOBER: VOCALLY WILD CONCERT, BRIGHTON TOWN HALL
TUESDAY, 6TH NOVEMBER: CUP DAY (NO CHOIR)
|TUESDAY, 11TH DEC: BAYSIDE CAROLS IN THE PARK|
|SATURDAY, 15TH DEC. VOCALLY WILD PARTY, BLACK ROCK YACHT CLUB|