This year promises to be a busy and exciting one, as usual. A warm welcome to you all and to our new members: Don Cox (Tenor)?, Nicole Jacobsen (Alto - new to Melbourne from Interstate), Cate Howells-Ridoutt and Tanya de Jong Curtain and Anne Browne (past Sops members and we’re thrilled to see them again) – we hope you all have a very happy, musical term. I understand one or two of you weren't well over the summer break, so hopefully you are fully recovered now.
Considering security during our rehearsals, we will be locking the main door at 7.45 p.m. A white bell will be placed on the door, so please ring this if you arrive late and the 'bell-hop' will let you in! Don't worry, the sound shouldn't alert the whole choir!
For your diaries so far:
|TUESDAY, 4TH FEBRUARY
||TERM 1 COMMENCED
|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
|TUESDAY, 23RD JUNE
||TERM 2 CONCLUDES
|SAT. 4TH TO WED. 8TH JULY
||FESTIVAL OF VOICES, HOBART
|TUES. 14TH JULY
||TERM 3 COMMENCES
|TUES. 15TH SEPTEMBER
||TERM 3 CONCLUDES
|TUES. 6TH OCTOBER
||TERM 4 COMMENCES
|TUES. (1ST OR 8TH DEC)
||TERM 4 CONCLUDES
Dates Diana away – fill ins.
BUSHFIRE CONCERT REPORT
- ANZAC Parade – 19th April. Confirming earlier email regarding music for your folders for this year’s Service:
- The Naval Hymn
- God Our Help in Ages Past
- Song of Australia
- My Country
- New Zealand National Anthem (1st verse Maoir, second verse English)
- Advance Australia Fair (2 verses – no books).
On Sunday last, nine Vocally Wilders joined Cadence choir to sing ‘Sweet Mother Earth’ with Diana and Doug at Deakin Edge, Federation Square in the wonderful Bushfire Appeal Concert. This international classical music programme featured a variety of wonderful performances including Trio Anima Mundi, Australian Welsh Male Choir (50 strong), Miranda Brockman (cellist), Collide Ensemble (sax, cello, piano), Ensemble Francaix (oboe, bassoon, piano) and so many more superb musicians and singers, too many to mention here. Please ask to see the programme if you’re interested. The final set featured our own Diana and Doug de Vries, who were stunning, followed by Diana and Doug with Cadence and Vocally Wild, then One World Voices choir! It was an amazing music marathon presented by the International Academy of Music Arts and Trio Anima Mundi. Hopefully all the efforts of these generous musicians who donated their brilliance and time, plus all the volunteers, friends, supporters, raised a good sum towards those who have lost so much in this tragedy.
Thank you to the Vocally Wild singers, to our members who came along to be in the audience and a very special thank you to Diana and Doug for inviting us to be part of this day. As a community choir we are so fortunate to be have these opportunities available to us. Let’s keep them coming! (We even had a chance to pop into the Ian Potter gallery, which was an added bonus!!
CROATIA – FESTIVAL OF CHOIRS AND ORCHESTRAS
Plans are going well for this exciting trip. The majority of participants will depart on 28th March. On Sunday, 15th March, ‘Viva Melbourne’ will hold a Concert at the Black Rock Bowls Club, commencing at 3.30 p.m. followed by afternoon tea. This will be an opportunity to sing in public prior to the off! We are very excited that, along with other VIP guests our ‘singing’ State MP for Sandringham, Brad Rowswell, and Mayor of Sandringham City Council, Clarke Martin, have both very happily accepted our invitation to attend. A flyer has been sent to you for forwarding to friends and family; it is also attached to this newsletter. Entry is $10, children free.
HOBART – FESTIVAL OF VOICES
This is to confirm Cecilia’s recent email which gave a brief description of timing, known costs at this stage, etc. Please contact Cecilia, Maggie, Cherry or Pat if you have any queries. Remember to pay your Festival participation fee of $140 by 28th February into the Bendigo Bank, Vocally Wild Account – BSB 633 Account Number 143856581 and complete your details on to the website. Some information from last year’s Festival will be at the rear of the room at Choir, for your interest. More detail of dates and times of performances, activities, will be available once we know our participation numbers and have registered with the organisation.
MESSAGE FROM CHERRY?
PRISCILLA – QUEEN OF THE DESERT
- SandyBeach Hall Lock up Roster. Dianne has created the attached sheet which gives the Lock Up Roster for 2020 and Exit details. Committee members have nominated their ‘duty weeks’ and Dianne is now asking for members to volunteer for the Hall Lock Up Roster. This is a very simple but necessary activity, to ensure all members are safely off the premises and things are in order. The cleaners are usually present until 10.30 p.m. when the alarm is automatically activated, but we need to be aware of the required checks, lighting switch offs, etc. should the cleaners not be working at that time. (Attach Roster) Please contact Dianne on 0410 583 496 or email address as below.
Peg Gill has booked tickets for Priscilla Queen of the Desert at The National Theatre, St. Kilda, for Opening Night – Friday, 8th May, commencing 8.00 p.m. with Champagne Supper afterwards. Tickets have gone up to $50 for Adults, but price of $36 remains the same for Under 16 years. Please let Peg know if you want tickets. The best thing to do is put your name and details on an envelope, with the cash, and give this to Peg at choir (Second Soprano).
The musical is based on the iconic Oscar-winning 1994 Australian film, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and is the hilarious adventure of three very different friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for the outback to put on the show of a lifetime! Along the way, they strut, dance, sing, laugh, cry and learn more about themselves, while singing up a storm to a non-stop parade of dance-floor classics, including “It’s Raining Men”, ‘Hot Stuff”, ‘I Will Survive”, ‘I Love the Nightlife”, “Go West”, “Colour My World”, “Boogie Wonderland”, “Shake your Groove Thing” and more!!
DOLLY 9 - 5, THE MUSICAL
Rose Olson, Kate's Mum, has tickets for:"The Musical: Dolly 9 to 5". Date: Wed 29th July . Time: 1.00 p.m. Cost: $70 pp. Venue: Her Majesty’s Theatre. Stars are: Erin Clare, Marina Prior and Caroline O’Connor
9 to 5 is based on the 1980 movie of the same name, and features music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. It centres on the down-trodden working lives of three women, Violet, Judy and Doralee. They all work at Consolidated Industries, which is presided over by the sexist, lecherous, and pompous, Franklin Hart, who they decide should go . . .
See Peg or Kate if you’d like tickets.
Fred Smith, of 'Sea Shanties' fame and Australia’s Singing Soldier, will be performing at the Albert Park Yacht Club Port Lounge at 7.30 p.m. on Friday, 21st February, launching his CD ‘Domestic’. Sadly, for those who haven’t tickets, his Melbourne shows are fully sold out. However, for interest, here is the Sydney Morning Herald’s wonderful review of his launch in Canberra, by Bruce Elder. How lucky were some of us to be able to sing with him last year!
Fred Smith is simply the best folk/country musician working in this country in 2020. Beyond writing some of the finest songs about Australians at war (Dust of Uruzgan), he's created a repertoire that is wry, literate, witty, powerfully emotional and insightful. On this remarkable album – with his palette impressively broad in both lyrical and musical stylings – he ranges through country, folk and faux-cabaret. He includes suitably sharp and savage commentary on our recent political history (Musical Chairs) where, hilariously, he rhymes “prime ministerial” with “venereal”; a haunting duet with Liz Frencham, Four Strong Hands, about the hardship of rural life during drought where men are suicidal and women are caring and rock-solid in their love; and a quasi-rockabilly backing for an amusing satire on modern life in Sydney (Brand New Page). But at the album's heart lies a stunning cycle of deeply personal songs about marriage, babies, love, tolerance, decency and the complexity of modern life (Maryanne, Turn Around, There I Go, Staying Up Late, Beautiful Girl, Certain Things). A sublime study in tenderness and vulnerability. BRUCE ELDER, SMH
FURNITURE AND PIANO - offer to good homes
Penny Repse's Mum is downsizing to a retirement home and needs to move on some furniture. She has great pieces which would be perfect for a family member or friend setting up home or furnishing a holiday house. They include two velvet lounge chairs, set of 4 dining chairs, bookcases, coffee tables and a carved antique wardrobe - very low prices, some free, all negotiable. Plus Penny has a piano (free to a good home) - perhaps a grandchild interested in learning? See Penny at choir for details or contact her on 0439 995 850 or email@example.com
FROM OUR 'RESIDENT' POET
Ilse wrote “ROADs" about her son’s involvement in clearing roads in Gippsland as aReserve Soldier.
She will submit it to her EMBERS ANTHOLOGY.
bush fires sprang up in worrying speed
witnessed by us over the ether
A war against massive flames could no longer be beaten
by brave and exhausted fire fighters
in many States
My son mentions reserve soldiers might be called
he better be ready
leaving civil life and family behind
Military support was ascertained
to organise land, air and sea operations
while civic leaders stammer in credo linguistics
Here in Melbourne
we are hit by foul air sweeping through streets
and worry for the many people losing homes and possessions
My son had the call for duty
his company’s undertaking is to clear highways, roads and streets
along burned-out Gippsland sites
All are well-trained engineers ready to defend
but here they fell marked trees with heavy chainsaw gear
with logistic needs in armoured juggernauts
Day-in and day-out until scheduled work is done
the group messages of busy days and short nights
during military precision tasks
I ask shyly of fauna amongst burned trees
next day a photo appears of a sprightly spider
crawling between blackened sheaths
Kind regards to you all.