VOCE – planning for 2014

Here are the minutes of the VOCE meeting held this week to do some forward planning for Choirbolical 2014

VOCE MEETING – 26.11.13 at Marion & Andrew’s Place

Present:  Marion, Andrew, Dinah, Rebecca, Kent, Astrid (by Skype)

Apologies:  Michelle, Catherine, Rob, Judy B, Loretto

Financials:     Opening Balance:  $1475.39     Current  Balance:  $2125.66

Review possibility of purchasing keyboard that could be used for rehearsals/performances.  Refer to Astrid for preferences.  (weighted keys, full keyboard)

Action:  Astrid to advise on preference/brand

We finished the year in a more healthy financial position than we started

Rehearsal Dates for 1st Term 2014:

  • First rehearsal 4 February 2014
  • 18 February 2014
  • 4 March 2014
  • 18 March 2014
  • 1 April 2014
  1. Date claimer:   Workshop early in the year with Astrid to welcome new members and hopefully recruit new members.  Date:    Saturday 15 February   (venue to be confirmed.                                                                                                                 Action:  Andrew to check availability of hall at beginning of year                                    
  2. Spring Sing: Proposal is for James and Astrid to co-facilitate a workshop to be followed by a concert.  Other choirs to be informed of date so that they can plan ahead and hopefully attend.  Possible dates:  Saturday 13th September or 6th September                                                                                                                Action:  Kent to get a confirmed date from James Cuskelly
  3. Social events:   Aim is to have one social event every term                                        Action:  Solicit ideas/invitations from choir members at beginning of year
  4. Membership:  Remains the same  – people who join part-way through the year only pay pro-rata
  5. Performances:  Aim to do a performance for a community event in Toowoomba in the first half of the year.  Suggestions/ideas welcome
  6. Name Tags:  To have magnetic name tags for current members.                            Action:  Dinah to investigate details on magnetic name tags (and ask Judy B to help)
  7. Feedback about the past year :
  • Appreciated the move towards performing without music
  • Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive from people who have attended performances
  • Increasing confidence performing without accompaniment
  • Repertoire:                                                                                                                Astrid has prepared/is preparing/composing/arranging  10 or so  pieces for next year – 6 arranged by her, and 4 sheet music
  • 4 Purchased Music  (Faure is in the public domain)
    • Ecce Homo (Howard Goodall)
    • Vicar of Dibley Theme – “The Lord Is My Shepherd” – Howard Goodall (TV themes)
    • Boy & A Girl (Eric Whittacre)
    • Gabriel Faure’s Agnus Dei


    • Leunig’s “Love Is Born” (Fay White text)

    Astrid’s arrangements;

    • Take Up The Oars (original Astrid composition)
    • Out Of The Ashes (Fay White arrangement)
    • He Needs Me (Nina Simon’s version)
    • Both Sides Now (Joni Mitchell arrangement)
    • Another piece yet to be named (but Astrid has an idea)

    Continue to work on existing repertoire. 

  • See folks this Tuesday  -3rd Dec for breakup evening at Parkhouse Cafe 6.30pm.


Hi all,

Here’s the repertoire list that I’ve given to the TVE for our joint venture:

First half:

Alleluia (canon)
Can’t Buy Me Love 
I’ve Been Down

Second Half:

Sing Me To Heaven
Malt’s Come Down
Famine Song

For the Lifeline AGM this Thursday, please have the following with you (I’m not 100% about the length of our performance)

I’ve Been Down
Sing Me To Heaven
Can’t Buy Me Love
Famine Song
In The Wee Small Hours
I Shall Not Walk Alone

Enjoy the joint rehearsal this evening, and see you on Thursday!


End of Year Events

Our Choirbolical year of singing is finishing with a flourish.


  • Tonight 12th Nov – a joint rehearsal with Toowoomba Vocal Ensemble @ Grammar Music room. 7.15pm. There will be someone to show us where to go from the Herries Street entrance.


  • Life Line AGM – Thurs Nov 14 – Regents on the Lake – 6.10pm warm up for 6.30pm performance. Choir members welcome to stay on for a supper and charity auction to follow.
  • Combined concert with Toowoomba Vocal Ensemble Sunday Nov 17th –  5pm @ Philhomonic Hall   –  7 Matthews Street Toowoomba. Choir members to meet at 4.30pm for a warm up. (Please supply in a disposable container cheese, biscuits or platter type fruit/vegies.)Audience – $15 entry  $10 concession  $35 family    Price includes wine and cheese at interval.   Pre-sale of tickets at rehearsals OR phone Elaine 46396080 OR at the door.


  • Tuesday December 3rd @ PARKHOUSE next door to our rehearsal venue. 6.30pm for a meal (ordered from the menu)
  • All choir members who have sung with us this year are most welcome. Confirm your attendance with Rob – 0422543804
  • Bring your music ready for a ‘Flash Mob’ sing