Fifty choir members gathered for a riotous and entertaining weekend retreat of song, skits, Tai Chi and more singing at Luther Heights Youth Camp on 24-25 May. Photos: Hari Kotrotsios
A look behind the scenes at some of our members' antics at our recent choir retreat.
Photos: Rosie Hall.
Congratulations to Esme and the Cool Connections women's group for being nominated in Council's Australia Day awards. Many of our members are actively involved with this group which meets at the Coolum Community Centre each week, providing a social support network, fun activities and friendship.
Our last choir session for the year ended with a festive lunch at the Peregian Beach Surf Club. Wishing all our members and their families a happy, safe Christmas. Looking forward to more luscious singing and frivolity in 2014!
Four of our Cool Harmonians experienced the Big Sing in the Desert on the June long weekend, a four-day choral camp near Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. "It was a fantastic cultural and musical meeting between 77 'white fellas' and around 70 Indigenous singers," said Barb. "We were fortunate to learn many Indigenous songs as well as two excellent African songs which we hope to share with our choir. We climbed mountains, yarned and sang our hearts out - it was a really wonderful experience."
Our Bass member and Master Artist Clive Holden has unveiled his portrait entry into this year's prestigious Archibald Prize. Clive began the massive painting last year after watching a rehearsal by Jonathon Welch’s Choir of Hope and Inspiration (formerly the Choir of Hard Knocks) in Melbourne’s Federation Square. “I was blown away by the choir’s enthusiasm and energy,” he said. “I was so inspired I asked Jonathon if I could paint him and the choir for the Archibald.” The portrait is Clive’s second entry into the Archibald Prize. Last year he submitted a controversial portrait of Julian Assange, titled ‘Everyday Hero’. Jonathon viewed the portrait during his visit to Coolum Beach at the weekend where he conducting two music workshops at the Coolum Civic Centre on 17 February. Photos: Hari Kotrotsios
Choir members finished our last session on a festive note, adjourning to My Place Cafe for lunch an an impromptu singing performance. We also sang farewell to two of our founding members, Pat and Rita. Merry Christmas to all, and a safe, happy New Year. Photos: Chris Whitton and Hari Kotrotsios.
Dearest Patricia, Rosalie, Margie fond farewell.
We’ll all miss you being part of our crew.
Your contribution to our fabulous choir,
made us soar higher above the sea.
Everyone loves Sopranos you see.
You hit the high notes with effortless ease.
Come back and join us whenever you please,
You’re welcome just take a seat.
(Lyrics by Chris McMahon)
We love to sing for our choir friends, especially when they're celebrating a milestone birthday! Jeanette's husband Keith received a surprise visit from us and a special dedication song for his 70th birthday on Sunday. Many happy returns to you, Keith - you're what we call true blue.