Waiheke choral society newsletter april 2004

Hi Everyone

Thank goodness the AGM. Is over for another year, it was a robust and lively one. Subs have been raised to thirty dollars for the whole year and to fifteen dollars for half year. They have remained the same for many years and we had to come in line with higher costs.Your new committee are as follows ;President. Richard Melville, Secretary. Sylvia Hubbard, Treasurer.Mark James,Lesley Smith will continue as Treasurer until Mark arrives back from overseas when she will hand everything over. Your new Vice President is Wendy Croucher. Wendy did an excellent job as the secretary and worked hard on last year and this years show as assistant Director. Committee members are George Blanchard,Philip Symonds, Barbara Cuff, Lesley Smith, and Jeanne Mellamphy.Richard Melville has been confirmed as Musical Director and Conductor of acapella and the Main Choir and Russel Croucher has been confirmed as Musical Director and Conductor of Orpheus in Britomart. We have already had a committee meeting and everyone settled in their new positions. Philip has been asked to recost the music shed. This has been put on hold for a few months but is becoming rather urgent. The music must be stored properly, and also props and costumes which are held in varios places. We will be having a working bee to get everything sorted and stored properly.

Show Report

Russel is the musical director for the show. The vocals and music are coming along well.Freda Blanchard is helping with the vocals, George Blanchard and Russel Croucher are orchestrating the music,Wendy Kendal is a dance teacher and some of her young pupils will be doing the dancing, It should make for a lively CanCan! Many thanks to Christine Hoffman who is helping out at special rehearsals playing the piano,Steve Tetley and George will be doing the lighting.A new rehearsal schedule will be out soon.

The show director Christine Jarman has just won a part in Roger Halls play Spreading Out which will be performed at Sky City by the Auckland Theatre Co. So make sure you get tickets for it, I have mine. Unfortunately it clashes with Orpheus so the show will probably be postponed for a few weeks. The extra rehearsals will give you extra confidence. Congratulations Christine.

Other News.

Richard is back from his trip and bon voyage to Alan and Eileen who are off to Britain and to Lesley and Mary who are off to the States;

Just a reminder to members and to new members that contributions to the TIN which is 0n the counter at cup of tea time, are purely voluntary and should not be more than one dollar.It helps to pay for the milk.tea, coffee,sugar and biscuits and odd bits and pieces. The finances of the choir are fairly healthy but we have a rather large music shed to pay for and it could be in excess of two thousand dollars. This was voted on last year and agreed to. The finance for the shed will come out of the Building Fund and will be another choir asset.


Sadly Colin Nelson died recently. His funeral was held at St. Pauls church and it was a wonderful celebration of his life. Colin had a very colourful life and he lived it to the full. He took part in many Choral Society shows and he had a wonderful rich voice both singing and speaking and he will be terribly missed. He was larger than life and he enjoyed everything that he did. Colin was a big man in many ways and Kit is so tiny but they complemented each other especially with their musical talents.

Happy birthday to Janet Pullen, Philip Symonds, Judy Hudson,and Ron Jamieson who all have birthdays in April and to anyone else who had a special day I hope you all had a great time.

Special Dates.

A cappella starts April 19th at 7pm. At St, Pauls church

Show opening has been delayed so there are openings in the chorus

Subs are due, thirty dollars for a full year and fifteen dollars for a half year.payable to Waiheke Choral Society. They can be paid at rehearsals, a capella, or post to P.O. Box 333, Oneroa.

That’s it for now .

Jeanne Mellamphy

Thought for the day,

Leave it until tomorrow, you have done enough damage for today1