Hi choristers,

I can’t believe that I am writing the last newsletter of the year. The show rehearsals are going very well and are great fun especially now it is all coming together. The choreography is simple but very very effective and we are all in very good voice. I never realised how many people have crook knees. We are now rehearsing at Artworks and although there is still a substantial amount of work to do inside, it will be a wonderful theatre when it is finished and a pleasure to work there.

Many thanks to the group of people who sang at the over 40’s, we sang some of the numbers from the show and finished up with some community siniging. A special thanks to Kit who played for us. We enjoyed a very nice afternoon tea and we were given a nice donation for the choir. There was only one minor hiccup, while we were singing the first song it was realised that we were all altos with one tenor. Fortunately, some of us picked it up rather quickly and sang the top part. It was a lovely afternoon and we had a chance to advertise the show.

Congratulations to Ann Jocelyn and Brenda Vale who both gave a sterling performance at The Proms at Morra Hall. There was a rather large orchestra and a very full house. Fortunately the audience behaved themselves in the first half and we were able to hear them both clearly. But it is an unnerving thing to face a large audience and a full orcheastra behind you with few or no rehearsals. but they managed it without turning a hair. It was a wonderful night and and everyone had a ball. I hope that Morra make it an annual event.

Next year 2006 will mark an important milestone in the history of the choir. We reach the ripe old age of thirty years. It has been a continuous thirty years with no recesses. It was originally conducted by Sidney Dixon Storr, with organist Hugh Nielson. The first concert was December 17th 1977 and Kit Nelson joined the choir a year later, and is one of the original members as are Alan and Eileen Boghurst There have been many concerts since then. Hugh took over as conductor in 1979 retired in 1993 when Richard Melville took over the baton and is still with us. As you know the choir has a steady loyal group of members and we have been privileged to have had such committed conductors. So we really need to celebrate this milestone in a right royal way. We would like your suggestions and it is very important that you have your say, it is your choir.

Well I don’t think anyone is overseas at the moment but we do have a few birthdays that I have managed to ferret out. A very happy birthday to Marion Robertson for October and Kit Nelson, Richard Melville and Margaret Karetai for December.

We are looking forward to our Christmas break-up at Onetangi hall on December 6th. Bring a plate suitable for dinner and a nonsense gift(no more than three dollars) An item will be appreciated as we entertain ourselves. Partners are more than welcome as are visitors if you have them.

Show dates are 2nd. 3rd. and 4th. of December and the updated tickets will be available soon Richard will advise the Accapella performance date. Happy Christmas to everyone from your committee and if you are not into the Christmas thing, Happy Holidays.

Choir will recommence January 31st.2006. Next newsletter will be early February.

Jeanne Mellamphy

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