After many months of planning, recording, emailing and editing, Brunswick Women’s Choir is very proud to launch ‘Bringing Singing to the Community’ – a project funded by VicHealth!
Free online workshops with downloadable sheet music, audio files and links to YouTube videos…
We hope these workshops will enable people in regional and remote areas, and anyone who can’t participate in a community choir because of their personal health, disability or financial circumstances, to access the benefits of group singing.
Our sincere gratitude to Lou Bennett for the invaluable part she plays in the workshop of her song Manubak Garra. Thanks also to Stephen Joyce and his colleagues at RMIT for the recording and uploading of these workshops to our website and to VicHealth for the funding to make all this possible.
Mark this in your diary now! The Brunswick Women’s Choir is planning a fabulous party to celebrate 20 wonderful years of singing and at 6pm on Saturday 13th August the Brunswick Town Hall is where you will want to be. This will be a night of song and memories, wining and dining, hilarity and dancing. We have hired the delicious talents of Seven Stars for your gastronomic delight, the choir will put together a birthday cake to end all birthday cakes, there’ll be songs from our 20 year herstory and The Junes will rock your socks off to finish the party with a bang.
If you’d like to get involved with some of the fun we are having putting this event together please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Otherwise, get that date in your diary now and stay posted as once those tickets go on sale they will sell like hot cakes!
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
Title: Ephemeral and Transient Natures at Euroa Arts Arboretum
Location: Euroa Arts Arboretum, Euroa
Description: A one day festival of ephemeral sculpture and beautiful music. Singing workshop with Cathy Nixon and the Brunswick Women’s Choir at 3.30pm. Concert at the old flour mill 6.00pm