‘You managed to present that group of irreligious, uncivilised and unenlightened folk as a coherent, well-disciplined and musical ensemble. What magic!!! Please thank them all for their wonderful contribution to the concert.’ Sue Capper, making light of the informal definition of the word heathens from dictionary.com
'Thank you Deb and all of the Heathens who sang so beautifully last night. So many great comments from all of the audience - you certainly started the BANC AGM with a flourish! Your enthusiasm was more than measurable'. Adrienne
President BANC Committee.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Memory of 2013 – the champagne soiré
As we now start to prepare for the Blackheath Choir Festival in August, Paul Cosgrave has kindly sent through to us some pictures from the soiré last year, which replaced the choir festival in 2013. Paul presents drive time on … Continue reading
Member profile – Harry
Harry was born in 1927 in Warwick, Queensland. Significantly he says, 1927 was also the year the Federal Parliament moved from Melbourne to Canberra. From there it appears his life has been full and it continues to be so. Never … Continue reading
Blackheath Folk Club
Performing at the New Ivanhoe Hotel’s monthly folk night on Thursday, 5 June was, as always, a lot of fun for us. Though, with the choir size continuing to increase, it is getting much harder to fit in the audience. … Continue reading
Farewell Dawn Baker
On a cool, wet, typical Blackheath day the community gathered to pay its respects to Dawn Baker – an eccentric and much loved Blackheathen. There were eulogies from family and friends, The Heathens sang and people from across the community … Continue reading
A big thank you to the Lithgow Ironfest for organising a performance space for ourselves and other choirs. For many of us it was our first time in the middle of all the battle re-enactments and period costume and we … Continue reading
Welcome to The Heathens Website
We hope that you like our new website. Our aim is to provide information about The Heathens and our upcoming events as well as blogs about choir activities and members. There are password protected pages for our members and for … Continue reading
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