Waiheke Island Choral Society Inc. Newsletter August 2006

Greetings, Everyone,

Winter grinds on (although Spring can’t be far away) and so many of our members seem to have beem stricken with the dreaded “tummy bug” or the equally dreaded flu and its complications, which go on for far longer. At the time of writing, Jeanne is suffering from the latter, and that is how I come to be writing this newsletter. Get well soon, Jeanne!

Several of our Choir members have recently been overseas, and we welcome their safe return.

“Mainly Mozart” is still in rehearsal. As we wrestle with the intricacies of the music, one can’t help pondering on the genius of the brain that could produce it. Let’s hope we do justice to Mozart’s wonderful music—having learnt so much, we’ll appreciate listening to it in a way we never did before. There will now be one performance only of “Mainly Mozart,” in St. Peter’s Church, Oneroa on the afternoon of Sunday 27th August. Time to be announced, but it’s likely to be 2.30 pm.

Progress towards the performances of “Iolanthe,” or “Oilanthe,” or “The Selfish and the Elfish” is now well under way. We have a priceless script from the pen of Brenda Vale—reading it one can almost imagine that Gilbert is alive and well and living on Waiheke. The music is strictly as Sullivan wrote it, and the lyrics have been only very slightly altered to fit Brenda’s script.

The solo parts and choruses include most of our Choir members, and we will be rejoined by some old friends in various roles. Opening night is scheduled for Rocky Bay on the night of Saturday 11th November, to be followed by performances at Artworks on the nights of 17, 18, 19, 24 and 25 November. There will also be a matineé on 25th November.

The A Capella Group’s two sung Evensongs (one in St. Peter’s Church, Onehunga, and one in St. Peter’s Church Oneroa) last month were beautifully sung, and very successful; there was a particularly large congregation in Oneroa. We are so grateful to the Waiheke Catholic Parish for letting us use their beautiful Church. Also, our thanks go to Fuller’s Ferries for very generously providing free return fares for all the A Capella members who went to Onehunga.

Birthday Greetings: Sorry I can’t oblige with these, because I don’t know them! My mother always taught me that it was impertinent to ask a lady her birthday—or was it her age???

Special Dates: Last Mozart practices will be 7.30 pm on Tuesday 22nd August, with a final Mozart Workshop 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm in the Palm Beach Hall on Saturday 26th August. Any changes to these dates will be posted on the Society’s website. “Mainly Mozart” performance 2.30 pm in St. Peter’s Church, Oneroa at 2.30 pm on Sunday 27th. August.

First “Iolanthe” practice Tuesday 29th August, 7.30 pm in the Palm Beach Hall.

“Iolanthe” performances: Rocky Bay—evening of 11th November. Artworks—evenings of 17th, 18th, 19th, 24th and 25th November, with a matineé on 25th November.

Jack Watson. Secretary

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