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Puttin’ On The Ritz

SATB & Accompaniment …

Recordings from Wendy, with her suggestions:

  • Use the lyrics sheet (here) only and listen. That way continuity will be easier.
  • Basses and tenors sound at pitch with the piano (I sing an octave higher to get you up to that range in your voice)
  • Please ignore any discrepancies in my accompaniment, lyrics, etc!!!

Mainesong Choir

Welcoming New Members

Mainesong Choir is back in action after the COVID lockdowns, and it’s so good to be singing again!

We are looking to increase the size of the choir and we are inviting new members to join us.

If you would like to sing an eclectic and interesting 4-part SATB repertoire in the company of a friendly choral group, certainly we would love to meet you.

If you want to try us out simply come to the Campbells Creek Bowling Club on a Wednesday rehearsal evening. There is no obligation and your first night is on us.

If you love singing, if you want to sing, if you’ve always wanted to sing, we’re here.
Now’s the time, come along.

  • Term 4 for 2022 commences October 5th and runs for 10 weeks
  • Rehearsals are held at the Campbells Creek Bowling Club
    100 Main Rd (Midland Hwy), Campbells Creek (map below)
    on Wednesday evenings from 7.00 to 9.00pm (with a 15 min tea break)
  • Choir fees are $15 per evening with invoices sent out twice per Term
  • If you are interested and want to know more please send us an email …
  • And our facebook page, the ‘Mainesong Tearoom’ is here …

– Mainesong Steering Group

Rehearsing 2022

Mainesong rehearsal dates & times:

  • Rehearsals are weekly on Wednesday, 7.00 to 8.30pm
  • Location: Campbells Creek Bowling Club, 100 Main Rd, Cambells Creek VIC 3451
  • Term 1 for 5 weeks – March 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6
  • Break for 2 weeks
  • Term 2 for 9 weeks – April 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22nd

End of Year Concert 2021

A really nice end of year concert

A really nice end of year concert we’ve had, at the West End Hall, for an audience of appreciative kids and attentive parents.

Thank you so much, to Wendy and the whole choir, those who could make it on the day and those who, with great regret, had to miss it. And thanks to our wonderful Steering Group, with whom it’s such a pleasure to work.

It has been a tough and weird year, hard to deny that, with the lockdowns and the stop/start nature of it all, but we’re here still and singing better than ever.

Rehearsals will resume towards the end of January,
pandemic regulations and commonsense permitting
Our 2022 starting date is yet to be set –
we’ll let you know as soon as we have it

Have an Xlnt break. Love to you and yours, take it easy and stay safe.

The choir news archive is Here
& on facebook, there’s the Tearoom

Mainesong Block 4 – 2021

We really look forward to welcoming you back to Choir, and we have some notes here on the way things will happen over the next couple of weeks …

We are back to rehearsing as a Full Choir – SAT&B

Wednesday Evenings –

  • Resuming 2hr sessions, all Sections 7.00 to 9.00pm
  • Campbells Creek Bowling Club
  • Picnic Performance –
    Sunday 12th December, West End Hall
  • Final rehearsal night for 2021 Wednesday 8th December

Fees – Pay by EFT, or it’s Cash & The Tin –

To make payments simpler in these confused times the money tin has been exhumed for fees being paid “per session on the night”. The session price $15 (or see Alicia to make arrangements).

  • If you wish to ‘Pay by Tin’ please bring cash for payment of $15 per session.
  • If you wish to pay by EFT, you will have received an invoice with bank details included in a previous email.
  • Please let one of the Steering Group know if you would like a credit from your Block Three fees.

In order for us to be COVID Safe & Sensitive –

  • Regulations now make it necessary for us to declare our vaccination status. Individually we need to have at least our first shot or have an exemption certificate.
  • Please bring your mask
  • We will not have access to the kitchen, so please bring your own snacks & water bottle

We Are The Mainesong Choir

Composer – Wendy Rowlands, 2021

Practice tracks – the idea is to make your part promintent. So playing the track for your part you’ll hear your line in the center, picked out with a piano voicing, while the other parts are rendered in the voices of synthesized angels, off to the sides and softer.

For an overall view of the picece, the SATB track has all parts evenly balanced and in piano voicing.

The score for your part can be downloaded from the Scores Gallery


Choir as at 6 Sept ’21

Hello Songsters

Who would have thought so little activity could lead to so much happening, even as so much is being called off?

Block 3, cancelled

With our “small groups method” we managed to squeeze in four nice rehearsals during our current Block, but lockdowns have played havoc with us and the Steering Group considers that there are slim prospects of restrictions easing sufficiently to allow any more face-to-face singing in this Block. So, we’ve cancelled the remaining sessions up to and including Wednesday 15th Sept.

Block 4, not scheduled … yet

At this stage we’re leaving Block 4 (from the end of Sept up to Christmas) unscheduled and we’ll wait to see how the lockdowns look leading into October, and we’ll let you know as soon as we know, etc.

The Flexible Choir

With the virus and lockdowns messing with our best laid plans we realise that we have to be flexible in our approach to our group activities, and the real aim of our efforts now are to maintain the continuity of the Choir and work to that point a few weeks or months from now when most of us are fully vaxxed and the dangers of the virus have receded. At that time we want to be able to pop out of our burrows at speed and get properly singing once more.

Zooming the Choir

As something to bridge the gap from now until we resume we’ll be running zoom sessions each Wednesday. These are not as a replacement for real choir, Alicia considers them to be more like what happens during tea break – a way to discuss the repertoire and keep it in mind, some rehearsal singing with mute turned on, swapping news, talking about music generally and simply keeping in touch. There’s no obligation for anyone to attend these zoomings (which are non-billable items, ie. no choir fees attached), but the two zooms we’ve had so far have been good fun and have served to keep our voices and heads going in the right direction. There’ll be weekly emails going out with the zoom session details that will allow you to login at the Wednesday time slot, so if you’ve a mind to drop in for some chat, please do.

Simon, Virginia, Alicia, Sue & Barry


Various versions of one of The Beatles best


John Lennon

Because the world is round
It turns me on
Because the world is round

Because the wind is high
It blows my mind
Because the wind is high

Love is old, love is new
Love is all, love is you

Because the sky is blue
It makes me cry
Because the sky is blue