Hi everyone

Well here we are going into the last term of the school year and the last quarter of our singing year. Christmas will be on us before we know it with its usual panic of parties, presents and performances. A capella has been working quietly towards a concert which will be held at St. Pauls Church on October 17th at 3.30pm. There will be a koha at the door. We will be having a Christmas Concert around Dec. 11th or 12th but we are not sure of the venue yet. It has been suggested that we use Te Huruhi School and ask the school choir to participate, we will update you when we can. We are also hoping to reprise the concert we did at MORRA hall. We raised a goodly sum, nearly fifteen hundred dollars, but they had to take expenses etc. out of that. However I think the final figure would be over a thousand dollars, I hope so. We all had such a good time and thanks to everybody who took part in making it such a success. Special thanks have to go to Marion and Dulcie for their tremendous efforts, to Lloyd Whittaker for the use of his piano. To the very willing helpers who trundled it down the road from Artworks to MORRA hall and took it back again. Thanks to choir members and friends who came along and helped decorate the hall and put the rostra in place on Saturday. It was lovely to see Ken Brown at both performances, he took a video of the show and we will see whether we can get some copies. Congratulations to the soloists and choir members who made such a good job and many thanks to Richard for giving us such a great time. I saw quite few members of the audience singing Tarantura Tarantura along with us. Thank goodness most of us managed to hold off on the cold that was and still is going around, but a lot of us have come down with it after the concert.

Committee News

We are negotiating with Palm Beach Hall Committee for a long term lease for choir practise on Tuesdays, and hopefully we will have a permanent home. The choir will be meeting at 7.30pm now the concert is over and with daylight saving in place it will be a lot more pleasant coming out. We are trying to ease the Christmas stress with everyone having so many commitments at this time of the year. Waiheke is having a weekend of Christmas activities and our Christmas concert will probably be one of them. Dates and venue have not been finalised and we will update you as soon as possible. We will be visiting The Seaside Sanctuary with some carols. WW2 revue is beginning to take shape, it will have an international flavour, so music from “39, to “45, from Britain, Germany, France, New Zealand etc. will be used. Two special copies of the Waiheke Lyrics by Edwin Carr have been deposited at the Auckland City Library

Special News We now have a web site. Mark James has designed it for us and all sorts of info is on it. So please visit it. Address is. www.geocities.com/waihekechoral

The committee is down three members at the moment and Vonny Maguire has kindly offered her services, which we have accepted gladly, welcome aboard Vonny.

End of year breakup This will be held at Onetangi hall, Tuesday December 14th 6.30pm to 9.30pm+. Please bring a plate suitable for dinner and one item per person, partners are more than welcome.

Welcome back to all our members who have been overseas Barbara Cuff and Judy and George Hudson, we are expecting news of the return of Alan and Eileen Boghurst. Jill and Steve Tetley have gone to Brisbane for a wall deserved break. They have been working very hard for MORRA hall and the smooth running of the concerts and other fundraising activities.

Birthdays Happy birthday for September to Vonny Maguire, George Blanchard and Mary Melville, and to George Hudson for October. Mary had a very special birthday recently and a night out at the Bowling club was thoroughly enjoyed. It was wet and cold and windy outside but the atmosphere inside was warm and wonderful.

Special Dates

Oct. 17th 3.30pm St Pauls church A cappella concert.

Nov.13th. a special fundraising concert for Whittakers see special notice at end of newsletter.

Dec. 11th Christmas concert?

Dec. 14th End of year party, Onetangi hall 6.30pm to 9.30pm

Well that it for this month. Don’t forget choir is meeting at the original time of 7.30pm and please read the last bit of this newsletter and see if you can help

Thought for the day Courtesy. The art of making people feel at home when you wish they were.

Special News.

On Saturday November 13th Waiheke Musical Museum Trust Fundraising Committee will be presenting a black tie concert at Te Huruhi School Hall, featuring Helen Medlyn and Tobias Rueckert and the MC will be Dr. Brian Edwards. This concert will help with the fundraising effort to purchase Whittakers’ instruments as Lloyd and Joan wish to pass their collection to the Trust as they look towards retirement. To this end the Fundraising Committee would be most grateful for help from Waiheke Choral Society members with reception, ushers wine and food waiters etc for the entire evening. Fifteen people are required who would receive one ticket each as payment. Choir members would need to wear their formal choir dress, white blouse/shirt, black-tie, long black skirt/trousers and will be provided with a badge advertising WCS. If you are able to help, please contact either Marion 7763 or Fiona 3353 for details as soon as possible

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