Greetings to everyone,

Well the year has kicked off with great enthusiasm and we are in a good working mode. The AGM went very well nice and short and all business done and dusted. Your new committee is as follows, Jack Watson, President, Ann Kinghorn, Secretary, Mark James, Treasurer, with Stan Edwards Acting Treasurer and holder of the purse while Mark is away .Richard is Musical Director. Committee members are Andy and Meya Spence, Marie Watson, Ann Sutton, Barbara Cuff, Pat Atkin and Jeanne Mellamphy. Attached to the above committee as Production committee members are Margaret Karetai, Production Manager Colin Beardon and Stan Edwards, Publicity and design.

Two long standing and loyal hard working committee members have stood down due to outside commitments . Both Philip Symonds and Jan McCartain have given their time and expertise for many years to the Choral Society, both doing several jobs at the same time and wearing many hats .Philip has organised show bookings, tickets and behind the scenes work force and has performed in every choral production we have put on with unfailing good humour and willingness. Jan McCartain has been the same being the liason person for A cappella, doing the rehearsal hall bookings and getting a good deal at the same time . Being responsible for the hall and always the last person to leave. Jan has also been a part of every show and concert we have done and always the first person to clean up, and some of the places we have performed in have been dreadful. We appreciate all their hard work and it is only when you lose them that you realise the immense input and dedication they have given to the choir over many years.

THE KING AND I. news and update on the show.

We have a group of very willing workers on this production. Ann Sutton is in charge of Wardrobe and has been beavering away since Christmas. The show is a musical extravaganza and has a lot of bejewelled and glittering costumes. Starting at the end of the school holidays we will be working on the childrens costumes. So anybody who can straight sew and/or hand finish,. we would be delighted with your help.All the fiddly bits have been done. We had a wonderful response to the childrens auditions. nearly forty children turned up and Richard and Mary did a great job in keeping them focused on their audition, in spite of all the activity going on around them. They had to sing, read and whistle and they all did so well. There is something about Waiheke children they were all so confident and ready to have a go, they were great .Colin Beardon and Stan Edwards have been working on design and publicity and are working to a pretty tight schedule because Colin and Christine will be away visiting family in Spain, and we are hoping to get some sponsorship to help with the finances. Margaret Karetai is the Production Manager for the show and has a very important job overseeing everything and making sure that all and any bits and pieces don’t get away from us. Meya Spence is the choreographer and Andy Spence is the Producer. We have had a few articles and letters in the local newspapers, so we are letting the Public know all about it .The more publicity we get, the more tickets we sell. To all the cast, please refer to your rehearsal schedule, you don’t want to turn up on the wrong day or night or place. Also now that winter is upon us ,please make sure that you don’t leave anything behind or pick up something by mistake when you are gathering your belongings together ready to go home. The Palm Beach Hall is in constant use and it could go missing quite easily.


A cappella will be restarting on April 17th at Palm Beach Hall at 6.10pm Dee Austring will be the liason person for you. Dee will phone or E mail you about any sudden changes that might happen. Her phone number is 3456. If you are unable to take part in the show you are more than welcome to come along to a cappella. To our new members, a cappella is unaccompanied singing in harmony and is a lot of fun. The group sometimes sing at Evensong and last year were asked to sing at St. Peter’s Church in Onehunga. Fullers helping with the ferry tickets .The Group sing separately and sometimes join with Sister Shout at Christmas time. You can be part of both sections of the choir and many people are Please make sure that Dee has your phone number and/ or e.mail address for future contact.

Subs are due and can be paid to Stan Edwards or sent to Waiheke Choral Society P.O. box 333, Oneroa, Waiheke. Thirty dollars per year. If paying at choir it would be very helpful if you put your sub in a sealed envelope with ,your name and address and amount on the outside and a receipt will be issued when it is processed.


Unfortunately nothing has been found but Jack Watson has mislaid a navy blue v neck jumper with a KPH logo on it. Hopefully someone has gathered it up by mistake, he would be very grateful for its return. It was lost at Palm Beach Hall at Tuesday rehearsal.

Thanks to everyone who contributes to the Koha tin at cuppa tea time. The contents pay for all the goodies and tid bits , cookies and tea etc. at cuppa tea time. We need the short break to give our vocal chords a rest and to chat and socialise with each other. I’d like to emphasise that the Koha is purely voluntary and you may put in as much or as little as you like and if you haven’t donated, it really doesn’t matter you are still welcome to the cup that cheers.


Birthday greetings this month go to Janet Pullen and Philip Symonds and also to she who will be nameless. I would like to recognise everyones special day but I don’t have the necessary info. I only put in the month so apologies if you don’t get special wishes.


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This newsletter is very kindly sponsored by HARVEYS PARK CITY REALTY MREINZ ph 3725276

Well that’s it for another month. If you have any news that you would like to put in the newsletter please let me know. I will be very happy to put it in for you.

Jeanne Mellamphy