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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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Ironfest

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

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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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