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ANZAC Day

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On the move again .. Bates Hall

Chris has checked out the newly renovated Bates Hall – that’s the small hall in the Blackheath community centre, nearest to the Great Western Highway.  Its looking very smart after its new makeover (thanks Linda and the Hall committee) and … Continue reading

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The Heathens ‘Together in Song’ concert with the Sydney Street Choir – Springwood – Saturday, 11 April

Wow! What a fabulous afternoon. The wonderful MC, Phil Koperberg, launched the afternoon with great humour and a glowing introduction of The Heathens. Check out the photos here. Our first set included Ataturk Tribute which we were a little nervous … Continue reading

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Springwood concert – 11th April

Sydney Street Choir meets Blackheath’s community choir, The Heathens for a shared performance in Springwood on Saturday 11 April. Sydney Street Choir was formed in 2001 to connect with, inspire and empower homeless or disadvantaged people. For many of its … Continue reading

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The Heathens are on the move!

As you can see…we have out-grown our rehearsal space at Banc so from now on rehearsals will be held at the Uniting Church hall in Govetts Leap Road (walk down the drive past the church and through a gate to … Continue reading

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Fee payment by term

Some folks are saying they’d find it much easier to pay by the term, and of course we can accommodate that. We’ll just keep a note of who’s paid up front. If you’d like to pay for the rest of … Continue reading

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The Heathens Book

If you haven’t got your copy … The Heathens Book is available to buy for only $10 at Banc. It is a beautiful collection of stories of the lives of the choir members. Each story is magical, unique and generously … Continue reading

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Party season

Jan writes … We certainly spread the happiness at Morven Gardens yesterday. The residents loved our visit. The book launch and party  at Chris and Mick’s was, despite the noise of the torrential downpours drowning out our singing, a  fun … Continue reading

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May your voices …

“May your voices take springs there where fire burns. May your songs put roses there where battlefields lay. Open furrow and sow love to harvest fruits of hope. Sing to liberty where despot rule, Sing to equality where poverty nests, … Continue reading

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Invited Back

The Blackheath and District Horticulture Society have invited us back to perform at the Flower and Craft show next year.  Julie O’Keeffe wrote to Chris that “The Heathen’s performance at our show this year in early September was so enjoyed … Continue reading

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Heathens star in Rhodo Revue

Jan writes … So enjoyed the revue last night and particularly all those “Heathens” who performed!  We are very lucky  Heathens to be surrounded by such talent. What did touch me though was our Bella singing “Follow the Heron Home” … Continue reading

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Arrangements for BANC AGM

Monday 27th October Meet at the Presbyterian Church at 5:45pm for warm up and short rehearsal.  We perform at or soon after 6pm.  Please wear the usual colours purple, red and black. See you all then 🙂

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Mount Vic BBQ

The flags flying above you were made during the school holiday art workshops by children from Blackheath and Mount Victoria. Thanks from Jo at BANC

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Thank you from Rydal

On behalf of the Rydal Village Association I would like to thank you for your participation in Daffodils at Rydal 2014.This is the most successful year we have ever had. The combination of great gardens and good music certainly helps … Continue reading

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Thank you from the Flower and Craft show

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Daffodils at Rydal

Surrounded by a stunning garden, thousands of daffodils, welcoming hosts and an appreciative audience, The Heathens had the privilege of singing at Chapel House in Rydal as part of the Rydal Daffodil Festival. Many thanks to the organisers for the … Continue reading

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Note values and counting

Here are a few hints to help with understanding the timing of music. Firstly check the time signature.  If the top number is 4 or there is a big C (for common time) then you have to count four beats … Continue reading

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Flower and Craft show

A good time was had by all

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musical progression

Last week we looked at three different types of progression which you can follow in the music, even if you don’t actually read music. The simplest progression is a musical scale where the notes move from space-to-line and line-to-space and … Continue reading

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Know your range

I hope you all found the first little tutorial yesterday useful. Unless I am democratically overruled 😉 I will try to give a little musicology snippet at the start of each rehearsal. Once you understand your own musical range it … Continue reading

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Bob Rowe remembered

Mick writes that we have just learnt of the passing of one of our early Heathens, Bob Rowe, after a long battle with brain tumour that caused him to go blind. Bob was a pianist and singer who became more … Continue reading

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Arrangements for Friday

Please don’t forget to register.  The Bates Hall (park door) Registration Desk will be open from 3.30pm. 7:50-8:35 pm warm up / rehearsal in the Presbyterian Hall Wentworth St.  Please arrive in good time. Walk together to the Bates Hall, … Continue reading

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Mountain Devil

Chloe has been working up some ideas to find a logo for The Heathens.  The ideas are many and various, but amongst them this wonderful bit of creativity popped out. In case you didn’t realise it’s our local native plant, … Continue reading

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Every breath you take

Bella has some tips for breathing technique We all know that breathing correctly is essential for us all in the choir. How many of you have struggled to hold those beautiful long notes for some of our finales? Well, I … Continue reading

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Sing for your life – 6/6

All good things come to an end.  Frank has shared with us how singing makes you healthy, helps you to stay well and helps you to heal; how it makes you happy; and how its good for your baby (or … Continue reading

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Come together

Hi Chris, […]   I just had to say I agree with your sentiments from Saturday – we certainly are coming together. The Mountains can bring together quirky individuals  ( and I count myself as a “quirk”!!) and the group reflects … Continue reading

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Blackheath Choir Festival

Friday 22nd August:  Opening Concert (including The Heathens) at 7:30pm on Stage 1 in the Phillips Hall, Gardiner Crescent: Checkout the Festival website and buy some tickets here ($15) 🙂

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Photos from Loosely Woven concert

With many thanks to: Phillia for photos during the rehearsal(s) and to: Victoria’s Paul for the concert photos. Click this link to see the photos.

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Reminders for Sunday

Arrive by 9.20; enter via Gardiners Cres. 9.30 rehearsal with Christine for Heathens only 10.30 morning tea at rear of Hall 11.30 rehearsal with Heathens and Loosely Woven 1.00 Lunch; soup and bread in Hall 1.30 doors open on Park … Continue reading

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What to do with 10 grandchildren

Chris reports on what to do with 10 grandchildren under the age of 10, all staying at her house for a few freezing days in the school holidays. Take them bushwalking – anyone 4 years or older is officially old … Continue reading

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Boardroom Soirée

On Monday night the eleven male heathens – of good faith mind you – braved the elements and the height of Mick’s new brush fence to gain entry and meet for rehearsal around the grand boardroom-like table at the sprawling … Continue reading

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Yes, coach

Rob continues in a sporting theme … Where would we be without our coach? How lucky are we to have such a talented and dedicated mentor to gently encourage us to explore and expand our vocal abilities with various techniques … Continue reading

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Sing for your life – 5/6

Frank continues his series on the benefits of singing … 5. Singing Helps You to Stay Well Singing is the perfect preventative measure & an excellent antidote to our busy, multi-tasking times. It reconnects the balance in our breathing, movement … Continue reading

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Our Mob

The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre in Katoomba is a peaceful place on a Wednesday morning. A well used library with stunning views. A children’s book club just finishing up. Silence in the art gallery.  People chatting over their lattes in … Continue reading

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Go Team Heathens!

From Rob: Well it’s over!!!! for another four years. For some the Soccer World Cup is an event not to me missed with long sleepless nights whilst agonising over the progress of a favoured team, while for others is all … Continue reading

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Member profile – Susie

Although now retired, Susie worked as a behavioural scientist and management consultant. In this capacity she established a consultancy working with a variety of groups and large institutions such as the Commonwealth Bank, Qantas and Westpac Bank, implementing her new … Continue reading

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Who knew Megan Washington has a stutter?

Talking of singing and healing … There was a great documentary on ABC a few nights ago: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/bigideas/stories/2014/06/05/4019554.htm Catch it while you can.  The TedX talk will probably survive online a little longer: http://tedxsydney.com/LIVE/?s=75#&panel1-1

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Sing for your life – 4/6

If you google singing and healing most of the images you find are of Tibetan singing bowls.  Those of us who went with Chris on the singing trek to Nepal earlier this year will be familiar with these and might … Continue reading

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Baby Kate and the guitar lessons.

Bev was prompted by Frank’s latest piece on the benefits of singing to your baby to tell us a short tale. She says, “when I was pregnant with my fourth child I was taking guitar lessons.  The guitar of course … Continue reading

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In This Heart

Julie sent through this link to a beautiful Sinéad O’Connor performance. Its in three parts – sorry basses. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N78VNDbs0FI We need to work on that lovely Irish accent!

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Sing for your life – 3/6

Frank has already told us how singing makes you happy, and singing makes you healthy.  In this third installment we find out that babies benefit from a good sing: 3. Singing is Good for Your Baby A mother’s instinct to … Continue reading

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Like me, were you told you couldn’t sing?

About age 10 at primary state school our teacher got each of us in turn to sing Do-Rae-Mi-Fa-So-La-Ti-Do. Yeronga was a very big school and she needed about 20 for the school choir so most of us failed and were … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Phillia!

I’m not sure which actual day the birthday is on .. but have a good one.  Perhaps we need a birthday monitor so we can make sure that we sing the praises of everyone in The Heathens.  In the meantime … Continue reading

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Sing for your life – 2/6

In his first blog Frank explained how singing makes you healthy.  Now he shares the second benefit he’s found from the latest American Harvard & Yale universities’ research: 2. Singing Makes You Happy A university study over the last 12 … Continue reading

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Winter Magic

An a-b-s-o-l-u-t-e-l-y glorious winter day in Katoomba for the festival, with the sun shining and crowds spilling right into the parade as it wound its way up Katoomba Street. Some tenors, sopranos an alto and a bass from The Heathens took … Continue reading

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Heathens sing with a master

We are usually busy practising our repertoire for the next gig – so it was a good idea by our Musical Director, Christine, to have a two- hour session with local maestro, the renowned and much loved singing educator and … Continue reading

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Our next Heathens Concert

With Loosely Woven at 2pm on Sunday 3rd August 2014. 56 instrumentalists and singers present a light-hearted, folky sort of accoustic concert/cabaret as a fundraiser for the Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre. Instrumentalists include: violins, viola, cello, flutes, clarinet, harps, whistle, … Continue reading

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Member profile – Mick

Mick was born in Sydney and has had a long career as an academic at Sydney University in the specialised area of Biometry (the applied statistics for agriculture). His work has taken him to Indonesia where he was involved in … Continue reading

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Sing for your life – 1/6

Six benefits of singing, by Frank Singing comes to us as naturally as breathing. Our Mothers sang to us from the moment we were born & we all did it freely as children. But these days, chances are most of … Continue reading

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Musique Concrète – a blog from Bella

Music and life Whether you can read the intricate symbols on the page and translate them into amazing sounds on an instrument, via singing or not, many Blackheathans young and old, know the importance of music. Musique concrète is a … Continue reading

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