Melbournaires - Melbournaires Harmony Chorus

Type of post: Club news
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Posted By: Dick Bushell
Status: Current
Date Posted: Sat, 3 Mar 2018

2018 sees a change of rehearsal venue for the Melbournaires Chorus, after 20 years leaving the Uniting Church in Doncaster East and re-settling in the St Peter & St Paul School also in Doncaster East. The Uniting Church is going to God, so to speak, to make way for a new development.

Obviously we have not moved far, so for our regular visitors the trip is the same. For other visitors and choruses, all of whom are most welcome, our new address is:-

23 Leeds Street, Doncaster East.
The entrance is off
Beverley Street
and the chorus meets on Monday nights still, commencing at 7.30pm.

All enquiries should be made to Andrew Wright on 0418 603 673.

As is customary at the end of each year, all committee positions are declared vacant and nominations called for. The new President, after 23 years a Melbournaire, is the enigmatic and enthusiastic John Webb, who will be remembered for his energetic directing of Between The Bays Chorus at the
Melbourne convention. John is also the Assistant Director of the Melbournaires, and following the magnificent work done by his predecessor John Howell, brings a wealth of experience to the position. He has already stimulated some exciting new plans and priorities for performance improvement, recruitment, and events and marketing, using online and social media. He would be pleased to hear from other choruses about any recent successful approaches they have instituted, that we may incorporate in our plans. (

Some other exciting changes are the appointment of one of our younger members, Albert Chow as co-ordinator of our Youth Development Programme. He similarly would be keen to hear of initiatives from other choruses. (

Between The Bays Chorus has recruited Robert Simpson as its new MD, moved its rehearsal venue to
Hampton Park and is looking to recruit singers from the new catchment area. (

Finally, it is with absolute pleasure to announce the Barbershopper of the Year is Ralph Dodson. Ralph is normally a quiet, unassuming Melbournaire, club secretary and all round dogs body. If anything needs doing, Ralph is the man to step up. Every club should have a Ralph, it makes it easier for others.

Terry Phillips.