At 7pm on Tuesday 15th March the Victorian Womens Trust is hosting a very special event at the Welsh Church, 320 LaTrobe Street to celebrate International Women’s Day. The Brunswick Women’s Choir has been invited to open the event with songs that have given voice to many women over their 20 year history. This will be followed by the Muriel Matters Public Lecture. A tribute to a very respected feminist and activist delivered by Frances Bedford MP for Florey.
For more details visit www.vwt.org.au
Recording for our 4th CD is in full swing with six songs ‘in the bag’ and many more to come as we clock up the recording sessions throughout 2011. We hope to launch this new CD early next year and will keep you posted!
Alongside this we are also gearing up to record both sound and vision of four songs being taught to us by our director Cathy Nixon. These will be uploaded to our website together with written music and ‘part’ recordings so that people who access our website can use this to teach or learn these songs. This is a project funded by Vic Health aimed at providing online resources for people who wish to enjoy the benefits of group singing but may not have access to songs and ways of learning them.
It’s that time of year to wish all our friends a very happy festive season and plenty of great singing throughout!
Our first gig for the New Year will be at the annual Daylesford Singers Festival which is being held at various venues in Daylesford on the weekend of the 14th to the 16th January. We will be participating in the Choirs Concert on Sunday 16th January at 2.30pm in the Daylesford Town Hall. Join us for a veritable a feast of singing with performances from all the wonderful choirs that will be at the festival.
After a big year of touring – from Adelaide to Alice Springs, Coburg to Coober Pedy, Daylesford to Darwin – we are back in town! And we’re performing two concerts “At Home” on Saturday 23 October.
“We’ve had enormous fun preparing for this concert,” says Cathy Nixon, the choir’s director. “The repertoire is more upbeat than usual. There’s a lot of texture and percussion and we will be premiering seven new songs from artists such as Indigo Girls, Sweet Honey in the Rock and The Wailin’ Jennys.”
“The Brunswick Women’s Choir is the voice of many who are not heard,” says Lou Bennett (formerly of Tiddas), who collaborated with us on three songs in her traditional Yorta Yorta language. “The women are true to their humanity and active reconciliation. Their singing takes you on a journey – one of sublime depth, always with a question asked, explored, or answered.”
Don’t miss these two concerts, our biggest for the year, showcasing our latest repertoire right at home in Brunswick.
Matinee performance: 3:30pm Evening performance: 7:30pm
Brunswick Women’s Choir has been named joint runner up in the second annual Music in Communities Awards in December 2009.
Its selection came from 170 entries across Australia.
The 2009 Awards were themed around wellbeing, and aimed to identify local music groups and programs whose benefits extended beyond music alone.
The Brunswick Women’s Choir received this very special recognition as a result of their use of music and singing to promote social justice and reconciliation.