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Performance dates & more

Hello Mainsongsters,

CHOIR is on through the holidays! So, hope to see you tonight. Haven’t the Easter blue skies been wonderful. I just wanted to clarify and forward some dates that we have been asked to sing.

Wed. April 11th: We are recording some of our pieces at the Uniting church

These are the two main pieces to send to Porto:
Gotinha d’Agua
Lonesome road
Lay me down
Skye boat song
Blue Moon

Sun. 29th April: An event ‘Castlemaine Pride’ in the gardens (to be discussed – availability of members)
Wed. 10th October: Mental Health Week Choir Extravaganza at Town Hall
Sun. 29th October: CORKER and MAINESONG Annual Concert Town Hall
Peace Concert (not sure if it involves us this year).

Thanks again, for all your wonderful work and welcome to some new members
– Wendy

Canto General

“Theodorakis discovered the Canto General when in 1971, exiled from Greece by the colonels, he was on a concert-tour in Chile at the invitation of president Salvador Allende. For the Greek composer, Neruda’s great hymn is “a gospel of our time. In it, Neruda lays bare his fighter’s soul. The work brings the historical events of his country to vivid life. It is destined to help men to vanquish in times of crisis and enforce the law. Neruda, deliberately, puts himself at the service of the peoples’ revolution for freedom, independance and democracy.” Theodorakis’s musical setting of 13 parts of the great poem by Neruda has given us one of the major choral works of the latter half of the 20th century.”

Canto General – Theodorakis/Naruda


Peaceful Concert next Wed. 6th Dec & EOY

Hello everyone,

…and hello to the most wonderfulest choir! You are all extraordinary and I value being a part of your world.

Looking forward to the Peaceful Concert next Wed. 6th Dec.which we will be singing Blue Moon and Bogoroditse Devo.
We are meeting at 6.30 for warmup in the hall and 7.00 start for the concert. We will sing later in the evening as some members will be late getting there, and would like to sing.

Philip, our lovely tenor, has offered for us to come to his home for a meal and a sing for our breakup celebrations on Wed.13th, which will be our last gathering for this year. I will need to confer with him first about arrangements..but I think it is a lovely idea. He is in Taradale, so perhaps we can carpool. (I will ‘not’ be offering to drive!) We may make a slightly earlier time to meet if that’s ok.

I will confirm arrangements with you all on Wed.

Next year, we will resume on the 10th January, as we are considering singing at the blackboard concert at the Newstead Folk Festival on the long weekend in late January.

We will always welcome new members to a new start next year, and perhaps even hope to gather some of this core email group again, who found the year busy.You are always welcome. Summer has come…finally.

See you in a couple of days.

– Wendy

Wednesday 1/11 a lay day

hi Everyone,

Sorry,….we will take a rest tomorrow. There will be NO CHOIR REHEARSAL tomorrow as
“I’m pooped’!!

In fact, you probably are too, and as much as I would love to ride on the high waves of a wonderful performance that gave so many people pleasure and fun and heartfelt moments, with a gathering, we will need to leave our next get together until the following week which is Nov. 8th.

Please pass this on by word of mouth as not everyone reads emails every moment of the day.

See you on Wed. Nov 8th.

Can I thank you for your wonderful contributions to the evening! It was fantastic.


Blue Moon tracks

New Blue Moon Practice Tracks

The featured part is prominent and center stage, with the other parts softer and off to the sides.

Soprano –

Alto –

Tenor –

Bass –