What a great concert! It was a pleasure to be in the audience to see and listen to your wonderful sound. You really nailed ‘Skyfall’!! Thank you to everyone concerned: Diana and Patrice of course, the tireless Committee, Dave our wonder-man and his team, all the generous helpers and everyone who brought the delicious refreshments. Thank you also to the full-house audience who braved the chilly winter’s night to be there.
As we did on the night, we also wish to mention here Sue Beazley’s incredible commitment to the choir. Sue has been a member since pretty much the very beginning – the days of The Cantata’s and Broken Voices. She now has 20 years under her belt and has been the ‘engine room’ of this choir since the beginning! Sue has been totally committed to Vocally Wild, from when she was our link with Sandybeach, during the changeover from being under Sandbeach’s wings, to becoming a fully independent choir. Sue is truly a walking encyclopaedia on all things ‘choir’ and has always been an enthusiastic, loyal and unwaivering embassador for us. It would take too long to describe all of her endeavours, but her efforts over the years are well and truly appreciated by us all. She is having a break from the Committee now, but is still an active Section Leader for the Sop 1’s, keeping us all informed and up to date with our songs and words! Thank you Sue.
Thank you also to Shirley Bean for making two more brilliant certificates – this time, one for Sue and one for Dave Snowden!
MESSAGE FROM SUE
My thanks to the committee and all the choir for the acknowledgement of my 20 years on Friday night and the kind words, you caught me by surprise. Thank you also for the generous gift, which given my love of theatre will be put to good use very soon. The certificate is already up on my office wall to remind me how lucky I was to join The Cantartas all those years ago. The joy of singing, so many amazing performances, challenges and so much fun along the way. I have met so many beautiful people over the years and made so many friends. Vocally Wild has been such an important part of my life and anything I have done for our wonderful choir has been given back to me in spades. Fabulous concert, think the best performance we have done, so thank you Diana for making sure we were so well-prepared. Alan said the harmonies were amazing and the light and shade took us to a new level.
|TUESDAY, 25TH JUNE: TERM 1 CONCLUDES. 'OPEN MIC.' SESSION.
TUESDAY, 16TH JULY: TERM 3 COMMENCES.
SUNDAY, 4TH AUG: SOCIAL GET-TOGETHER AT EDWINA AND ROB'S HOME
SATURDAY, 7TH SEPT: KINGSTON SEA SHANTIES CHOIR WITH FRED SMITH AND HIS BAND, CITYHALL,7.30 P.M.
SUNDAY, 15TH SEPT: CONNOR'S RUN, PERFORMANCE.
TUESDAY, 17TH SEPT: TERM 3 CONCLUDES. 'OPEN MIC.' SESSION.
TUESDAY, 1ST OCT: SENIORS' WEEK LAUNCH, PERFORMANCE AT MILANOS. (TBC)
TUESDAY, 8TH OCT: TERM 4 COMMENCES.
SATURDAY, 12TH OCT: SACB DINNER WITH THE STARS
SUNDAY, 27TH OCT: SANDRINGHAM VILLAGE FESTIVAL, PERFORMANCE (TBC)
TUESDAY, 3RD DEC: TERM 4 CONCLUDES. 'OPEN MIC' SESSION.
TUESDAY, 10TH DEC: BAYSIDE CAROLS, PERFORMANCE.
DECEMBER: STREET SINGING (CAROLS)
WATCH OUT DANIEL CRAIG !!
We have many talented people in Vocally Wild - read below about William, one of our relatively new recruits!
LAST CHOIR NIGHT, TERM 2 ON TUESDAY
Our Term 2 break up is next Tuesday, 25th June, and Dianne has organised another fun 'Open Mic' session to take place during our 9.00 to 9.30 p.m. refreshments. Four 'acts' are already on the 'bill' and there are a couple of spots left, if you feel like giving it a go. As this is a light-hearted occasion, there is no need for perfection but Dianne would be only too happy to give you a hand if you feel you need it - 0410 583 496. Diana will be arriving at 8.00 p.m., so Patrice will help us with a 'warm up' singalong. If you can find the words of 'Getting to Know You' and 'Oh! What a Beautiful Morning' on your phones, that would be perfect. Please also bring your music for "It's a Wonderful World'.
Diana has selected our Semester 2 repertoire for your folders, see below. Many of you will have some of the words/music already and of course Maggie will work her usual wonders in the printing department! I will send this list separately for you to print out if you wish, together with Diana's O 'Cio da Terra' (Sweet Mother Earth) audio and lyrics attachments.
He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands
Tune of the Moon (Aum Ay Om Chant)
One More River (Sam Cooke)
O Cio da Terra (Sweet Mother Earth)
Crazy little thing called Love (Queen)
River of Dreams (Billy Joel)
You Are My Sunshine
Friday On My Mind
I Dreamed a Dream (re-visit)
Please keep the following Standards in a spare folder to grab when asked to bring them:
House of Rising Sun
Higher and Higher
People Get Ready
This little Light of Mine
Lean On Me
Black is the Colour
All You Need is Love
Day by Day
Life in a Northern Town
(Songs to be memorized: Bring me little Water - Lingmarra - Soon I will Be Done - Meetin Tonight - Inaney).
FEES AND MEMBERSHIP
Cherry will be forwarding Invoices for Terms 3/4 next week, probably by Thursday. If you will not be returning to Choir for Term 3, please advise Cherry before next Wednesday. If you are taking leave of absence during any term, but you decide to return for a week or two using our 'Casual' arrangement, the Committee would be grateful if payment could be made promptly. Thank you.
Membership: Please see Russel's letter below:
Boosting numbers in Winter
Vocally Wild is sounding terrific. We heard many compliments after the concert on our blending and harmonies. We need sufficient numbers to achieve the sound Diana is training us for, and you will have noticed how attendance on Tuesday nights falls off during the cold winter months. Some weeks we see less than 60 and the hall feels a bit empty. So we have decided to invite a further 10 people to join from the waiting list, so the numbers don't get too low on any rehearsal night. There will be some nights when we have close to a full hall, especially in summer, but Diana is very comfortable with this.
You may be wondering if this will affect your chances of performing on stage at the Bayside Carols. Members are chosen to perform based on the length of time in the choir, so new members will have no effect.
Plase let me know if you have any concerns about this change, or speak to a Committee member
Best wishes, President Russel
SOCIAL GET-TOGETHER (from Edwina)
It's time for a social catch up!
Sunday, 4th August, 2019
4.00 to 6.00 p.m.
at Edwina and Rob McLachlan's home
106 Male Street
All drink is provided by the Vocally Wild Committee. Some nibbles provided, bring a plate to share - only if you wish to.
Bring your partners. The video of our recent wonderful concert performance will be on view!
Dianne is collating a monthly 'Lock-up' Roster of people willing to assist Committee members in locking up after Tuesday rehearsals. Not an arduous task, but important. Please could you contact Dianne if you are able to help. Usually the roster is for a month, so we need people for July to September and November/December. Thank you.
MESSAGE FROM PEG GILL
This would make a great Christmas present for you and/or someone else (if you’re thinking that far ahead!) -
CHICAGO, THE MUSICAL playing at The Arts Centre, State Theatre. $70 tickets for the 1pm matinee on Wed 29th January
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).
MESSAGE FROM ROSE OLSEN
On Friday, 30th August the SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR will bring its "Freedom" concert to the Frankston Art Centre, 7.30 p.m,.start. There is only one show and unfortunately there will be no discount for groups. The theatre is already half booked but all the seats are well positioned. Prices are: Concession: $84.90c. 'B' Reserve: $77.90c. Kate and I will be going and I am happy to book seats, so if you are interested and didn't put your name on the sheet at choir last Tuesday, please contact Peg Gill (2nd Sop) or me on 0-401 277 815 at your earliest. Thank you, R
LOOK WHO'S PERFORMING IN MELBOURNE - AND YES WE'VE SUNG WITH MOST OF THEM!!
MELBOURNE WELSH MALE VOICE CHOIR WITH SYLVIE PALADINO
AND ROY BEST - SAT. 22ND JUNE, 2.00 p.,m. at Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, M.R.C. Bookings: Melbourne Recital Centre - .melbournerecital.com.au
& PAUL GRABOWSKY - SAT. 21ST SEPT. 7.30 p.m. Hamer Hall - with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra - Bookings: artscentremelbourne.com.au
AND THE ORIGINAL SEEKERS. SAT. 2ND NOVEMBER, 1.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre. Mirusa
with Athol Guy, Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley, together with (guitarist Michael Cristiano. Bookings - melbournerecital.com.au
(A little late perhaps now to tell you that JOSH PITERMAN will be performing in his show at The Alex Theatre, 135 Fitzroy Street, St. Kilda, tomorrow (Saturday, 23rd June) at 2.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m. Contact Ticketek.)
You may also be interested in:
- MoJO (Mordialloc Jazz Orchestra) - JAZZAOKE - WED. 3RD JULY, 7.30 to 9.45. $10, Youth $5. Kingston City Hall, Lounge Bar, Level 2, Nepean Highway, Moorabbin. Contact: email@example.com
- TRIO CORTA-JACA. FRIDAY, 30TH AUG, 8.00 p.m. 3 of Australia's top choro exponents will present an intimate concert as part of the 'Jazz in the Salon' series at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Also featuring Doug de Vries (7 string guitar), Josh Bridges (cello) and Asha Henfry (Flute). melbournerecital.com.au
- THE SWINGLES. FRIDAY, 6TH SEPT. 7.30 p.m. M.R.C. For.over 50 years, The Swingles has pushed the boundaries of vocal music. The seven young singers that make up today’s London-based group are driven by the same innovative spirit that has defined the five-time Grammy winning choral ensemble since it first made waves in the 1960s. Bookings: melbournerecital.com.au
SPINIFEX GUM. FRIDAY, 13TH SEPT. 8.00 p.m. M.R.C. Spinifex Gum is an Australian made collaboration of voice, sound, movement and change. Blending voices, languages and the sounds of the Pilbara region, Spinifex Gum is an experience like no other. Bookings: melbournerecital.com.au
KINGSTON CHOIR - SEA SHANTIES - SATURDAY, 7TH SEPT. 7.30 p.m. at Kingston City Hall. Come to hear the Kingston choir community, along with members of Men in Suits, supporting acclaimed Australian singer/songwriter FRED SMITH (the 'singing soldier') and his band in a performance that will move the heart, uplift the soul and tickle the funnybone - all at the same time! Put this in your diary - some members of Vocally Wild and Mosaic and other local choirs make up this interesting group. Katrina (Mosaic) is the Musical Director. Bookings may be made on www.kingstonarts.com.au (9556 4440).
LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS. Hamer Hall, 7.30 p.m. SATURDAY, 13TH JULY. This will be the last time Sir Andrew Davis conducts the Last Night of the Proms. Soprano - Greta Bradman (Sir Donald Bradman's granddaughter), Lu Siquin, Violin and the MSO Chorus. Bookings: www.mso.com.au
We're fortunate that William Mulholland has chosen to be part of Vocally Wild - he certainly adds to the colour and energy of our group and how we love that voice! Keep watching those James Bond films too! Here's a brief paragraph on what he's been up to:
William is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts (School of Dance) and works as a commercial lawyer by day and moonlights as a professional Master of Ceremonies. He has performed extensively in music theatre including the 1988 professional production of Cats at Her Majesty’s Theatre as well as appearances with the Canberra Dance Ensemble, Victorian State Opera and Australian Ballet. He has performed with Encore Theatre Inc in Life After George and Daylight Saving and Brighton Theatre Company in Calendar Girls and their most recent 2019 production of I Hate Hamlet, as well as Malvern Theatre Company’s productions of Julius Caesar, Nuts, and Key for Two. His other credits include Godspell, Annie, JC Superstar, Half a Sixpence and Oh What a Lovely War in Canberra as well as Barnum, A Chorus Line and The Scarlet Pimpernel for CLOC and MLOC’s Irene. He was previously a member of Melbourne Sings (choir) as part of the With One Voice choir program for nearly 3 years under the direction of Shaun Islip and Tania de Jong with appearances at the Melbourne Town Hall and Melbourne Recital Centre. William is thrilled to have joined Vocally Wild as the next step in his singing pursuits and has secret ambitions of one day being in a James Bond film.
Apologies for the length of this newsletter!! Promise shorter next time, but I thought you might be interested in all of this!!
Happy singing and have a safe holiday break. Good thoughts to those of you who are in hospital or about to be, and best wishes to many of you who will be travelling overseas.
Kind regards, Pat.