Extra (Thurs) rehearsal

A 6pm extra rehearsal will be on at deMolay this coming Thursday 15/8. It will be a do-it-ourselves practice of parts using recordings of repertoire – good opportunity to do some learning of songs with others.

6-7pm separate parts learning and putting them together. If you have a portable speaker/phone website connection please bring. We need one each for SAB.

7pm – Afterwards join us next door at Parkhouse to have a drink & chat.

Hope you can make it! Don’t forget – next gig is Jazz club on Friday night 13th Sept.

Cheers Marion

Date Claimers & VOCE minutes

Date Claimers and forward planning is detailed in the VOCE minutes below.

Put these Dates in your diary for the end of 2019:

August 15th (Thursday) – An extra do-it-ourselves 1hour rehearsal 7-8pm deMolay and Social cuppa next door at Parkhouse.

September 13th (Friday) JAZZ Club performance. 7.30pm

October 27th (Sunday) BIG SING – all day workshop and concert

October 29th (Tuesday) Early rehearsal 6.15pm followed by end of year social event

November 5th (Tuesday) Charity, Concert & Cake 7pm

December 8th (Sunday) Wonderland of Lights – 6pm end of year dinner at Park House, Performance 8pm in park.


Park House Café
7 pm, Monday 22 July 2019

Apologies:     Lesley Pollack, Eileen Munro, Susie Fredline.

Present:        Marion, Rob, Stuart, Gail, Chris R. Pam

  1. Financial Report
  • Tabled by Rob and approved
  • Choir on track to be on or slightly ahead of budget
  • Payments made by the Treasurer for Matt Collin’s services at Tenterfield and Cancer Council May Concert approved
  1. Cancer Council
  • Receipts from Pam Wilson provided to the Treasurer ($1000 + $832)
  • Pam & Natalie attended thank you morning tea by Cancer Council and received certificate of appreciation on behalf of the Choir.
  1. Rehearsals and Performances July to Dec
  • Astrid and Matt’s schedule until the end of December noted.
  • Extra Rehearsal Thursday Aug 15 (in preparation for Jazz Club performance)
    • Extra non-formal rehearsal at De Molay House at 7 pm (confirmed with Edward)
    • 1 hour rehearsal
    • Social gathering after at the Park House (Pay for your own food and drinks)
    • Stuart to approach Chris Meibusch regarding screening of Tenterfield Choirbolical performance.
  • Jazz Club performance on 13 Sept
    • Arrive at Jazz club at 7:30 pm
    • Performance at ~9:00 pm
    • Arrangement details from Rob
    • Rob to book tables at Jazz Club for Choir
    • Repertoire
      • Ya Basta
      • Halo
      • The Last Rose of Summer
    • Astrid to conduct and possibly Matt can attend.
  • Big Sing 27 Oct in Brisbane
    • Repertoire to be finalised prior to date
  • Rehearsal and Social Event 29 Oct (Last for Astrid and Matt)
    • Rehearsal to start at 6:15 pm
    • 7:45 – 8:30 pm end of year social gathering at Park House
    • Cost and method of payment to be determined once numbers and catering decided
    • End of year formalities (To be discussed at next Voce)
  • Concert and Cake Tuesday 5 Nov
    • De Molay House
    • Set up planning team to oversee event. A sub-committee to be organised
    • Pam to liaise with TDDSSG
      • Items for program
      • Raffle prizes – contributions from members and businesses invited
    • Repertoire – same as Big Sing
  • Wonderland of Lights Sun 8 Dec
    • Park House booked for 6 pm for social gathering and meal
      (pay your own food and drinks)
    • Performance at 8 pm
      • Neither Astrid nor Matt available for 2 rehearsals before. Clare is available for rehearsals and performance.
      • Accompanist
      • Payments to be discussed and finalised at next Voce.
  1. Forward Planning for 2020
    • Arrangements with Astrid and Matt discussed.
    • World Symposium of Choral Music in Auckland (11 – 18 July)
      • Potential for Choir to attend as a group to perform in fringe events
      • Pam and Gail to provide information to Choir at rehearsal to gauge interest
    • The concept of 2 Weekend Workshops led by Astrid in 2020 was discussed.
      • Proposal to hold at Camp Stacey/Stacey’s at the Gap
    • Potential of attending Tenterfield workshop again in July was discussed.
      • Subject to potential attendance at World Symposium of Choral Music
    • Big Sing (Oct)
    • Concert and Cake for the hospice in May was agreed in principle
      • Ensure Choirbolical shares proceeds to support costs and small surplus
    • Spring Sing revisited
      • No final decision but may not happen if other events offer potential for musical enrichment and some financial support for Choir
  1. Carnival Choir registrations
    • To be mentioned at next rehearsal. Not a formal Choir event.
  2. Next VOCE meeting
    • Park House Sept 19 at 7 pm

Choral News!

Dear Choirbolical members,
Choirbolical is a member of the Australian National Choral Association (ANCA),  Highlights & their Newsletter (below) that might interest you include:
1)  World Symposium on Choral Music 2020, will be held in Auckland, NZ 11 – 18 July 2020. If Choirbolical re interested in attending, Earlybird cut-off date is 31 July 2019
2)  Make Music Day is a free celebration of music making around the world on June 21st 2019.  (this Friday)
3)  ABC Radio Sydney’s Sing Out Sydney to celebrate the joy of singing during Ausmusic Month. Join hundreds of choristers at the Sydney City Recital Hall on Sunday 10th November 2019.

Kind Regards,


Rehearsal this Tuesday & Tenterfield arrangements.

A reminder that our next rehearsal is this coming Tuesday 18th June 6.45 for a 7pm start. See you there  for a great night of singing.

Please respond by email to Kent if you are planning to go to Tenterfield. See message following from Kent:

We have a 20-seater bus (free) to take us to the Tenterfield “Big Chilly Sing” on Sunday 7 July, departing Toowoomba 7 am (venue to be advised, but there will be parking to leave your car) and returning 5 pm.  Chris Meibusch has kindly offered to be the driver (he is a very experienced bus driver – many football trips).   The workshop – conducted by James Cuskelly and Fay White (a great teacher and composer of songs for community choirs) – starts at 9.30 and then there is a lunch provided and a concert at 2 pm.


Can you please confirm with Kent Smith by email – [email protected] – if you are intending to travel on the bus or whether you are going to make your own way there?   Thanks very much”


Next Performance & VOCE meeting

“Choirbolical has been invited to perform at the Winter Chill Big Sing in Tenterfield on Sunday 7 July, organised by Queensland Kodaly Choir.  There will be a workshop in the morning for anybody wishing to attend (Fay White and others will be the facilitators) and then a concert at the Tenterfield Town Hall in the early afternoon.   Matt has made himself available.   We need to know numbers very soon to see whether it is viable for us to attend – could you please let us know at the next rehearsal whether you are able to attend?   If there are enough of us one option might be to hire a small bus.    And thanks again to everybody for a wonderful night on Tuesday – the feedback has been all positive.”  Kent.

A VOCE meeting will be held this coming Thursday 30th 6pm at The Parkhouse. All welcome.

Next REHEARSAL will be June 4th at Demolay 6.45 for a 7pm start.

See you there.

Concert Report

What an absolutely fantastic ‘concert and cake’ fund raiser for the Cancer Council we had on Tuesday night (21.5.19) at De Molay House!

The hall and supper room were set up magnificently making it feel warm and welcoming. The skilled and varied performers, including our blue and yellow choir, received an enthusiasticresponse from the 100 or so people in the audience. The array of delicious cakes provided by our talented members made choosing one piece (or two) a very difficult task.

People were very generous.

Entry donations amounted to over $1000 and all 150 raffle squares were sold making an extra $775. With the contribution from the sale of Dan’s postcards and a few sundries we have been able to give the Cancer Council $1832.30.

A very worthwhile contribution to their much appreciated community support!


It was sad for us that Astrid was too sick to come but to our good fortune, our extremely talented Matt was available to take over the conducting in his enthusiastic and encouraging way.


It was a hugely successful night made possible by everyone in Choirbolical happily contributing with  time and creativity (and delicious cakes) as well as fervent and harmonious singing.

BIG, BIG THANKS to everyone!

A special thanks to the planning group for pulling it together.


PHOTOS – Stuart

Concert & Cake – cancer fundraiser is here.

Below is the program – Matt has kindly stepped in as Astrid I has flu – (best wishes for a speedy recovery)  take an extra look at One Voice everyone – sopranos – you will be singing the ‘solo’ line. 🙂

It is a 7pm start so come early (6.20-6.30) with those cakes and voices. Hall decorators are setting up at 4pm!

Noel’s songs (we join in) are below if I can attach or check in repertoire.

Concert with a Cuppa and Cake for Cancer

Tuesday 21 May


1. Welcome – including short background info leading into…

2. Brief background of Choirbolical who enter singing“Mother Earth” Further intro about Choirbolical etc.

“One Voice” and “Ya Basta”  Choir to rear of hall.

Cancer Council representatives will speak briefly on how funds raised will be used.

3. Joe K. If the Choirbolical men could join Joe on stage and sing the first chorus with him, could Choirbolical then join in from the back of the hall for the final chorus, which he may sing twice?
4. High Altitude Harmony   10 – 15 minutes
5. Claire Birchley 2 songs
6. Noel Keller 2 original songs with Choirbolical/audience invited  join in choruses.
7. Matt Collins  1 song (+ encores)
8. VoiceMale 3 songs, a cappella

BIG THANKS – Directions for Cuppa and Cake.

Raffle Draw  with Bernie @ 8.30      



Concert Updates

Thankyou to everyone for your enthusiasm preparing for the Concert & Cake for Cancer event on Tuesday 21st May. Below are some details and the Program

Choirbolical ‘Gals’ – if you’re still keen to do the ‘Mango Mango’ there is an updated version of the words. We are going to meet this Tuesday (14th) 7pm crn Herbert & Kitchener to ‘polish’ our song and actions & bring the makings of your costume if needed. Message for words or details – Marion-0417703794 / Chrissy-0438 401 519

From Pam:
The Concert has been advertised on the Toowoomba City Council website and will be in the Chronicle ‘In Brief’ section sometime soon.
The more people we have attend, the more we’ll raise for the Cancer Council
Other info to note:
      – setting up the hall will begin at 4pm Tuesday
The Concert needs to start at 7pm
      – everyone bring cake (some gluten free) cut and ready to slide onto individual plates by 6.30 – 6.40pm.
      – give cakes to Charlotte and Rebecca in room on right of front door.
      – donations for entry would be welcome
      – encourage friends to purchase raffle tickets (we have 150 squares)  Excellent prizes!!
      – sit in arranged positions at back of hall ready for movement to front corner.
Singing without music makes us sound even more terrific!
Have fun and make sure your friends do too!
please help with the clean up afterwards


M.C: Brian Hensler


 1. Welcome – including short background info

 2. Choirbolical enter, singing “Mother Earth”

 3. Cancer Council representatives will speak briefly on how funds raised will be used.

 4.  Brief background of Choirbolical who then sing:

“One Voice” and “Ya BastaChoir move to rear of hall.

5. Joe K. ‘Thai Lullaby’ – VoiceMale to join Joe on stage for the first chorus. Choirbolical join in from the back of the hall for the final chorus, may be repeated.

6. High Altitude Harmony on stage;  10 – 15 minutes

7.  Claire Birchley (conductor of Parkinson’s Support Group choir) on stage;  2 songs

8.  Noel Keller  -2 original songs  “When We Were Young”, “Is It Too Much To Ask”   Choirbolical + audience invited to join in choruses.  

9. Astrid Jorgensen  1 song (+ encores!?)

10.  VoiceMale 3 songs, (a cappella)

11. Choirbolical Gals “Mango Mango”

12.  Choirbolical “Fields of Gold” and “Keep on Walking Forward

BIG THANKS – Directions for Cuppa and Cake.

Raffle Draw  with Bernie @ 8.30