SydneySiders Express Harmony Chorus (SSEHC) "What a year"

SydneySiders Express Harmony Chorus (SSEHC)  "What a year"
Type of post: "In Harmony" Newsletter
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Posted By: Dick Bushell
Status: Current
Date Posted: Sun, 15 Dec 2019
SSEHC enjoy the "Family Night" at Bunnings Rydalmere

Following the Ryde Eisteddfod and concert mentioned previously, we made return visits to several Retirement Communities.   We performed at a Seniors’ Lunch provided by Lindfield Rotary Club, leaving with an invite to return in 2020.   These activities provide entertainment, valued funds for our charity and the opportunity to ‘road test’ the latest additions to our repertoire: “Summer Time”, “What a Wonderful World, “Imagine” and “Perhaps Love"; invaluable experience gained through public performances (17 this year).

This year has seen us seek new venues and several firsts, “The Marion” in Leichardt and “Gracewood in Kellyville.   Our performance at “Constitution HillNorthmead gained us the invitation to return for their Christmas Party.   We also entertained the guests at a Dementia Awareness Week Picnic Luncheon at the Woodcroft Community Centre.


SSEHC in the foyer of The Children's Hospital at Westmead

The firsts were efforts to embrace aspects of the BHA Strategic Plan 2018-21, i.e.

 ‘To be a force for good in the wider community and in brand recognition’.

We achieved this, participating in a Citizenship Ceremony here in Ryde, the first time the official songs have been performed by a choral group.   We hope to continue with this important civic event.   Council requested a PDF of our publicity flyer, which was included in a gift pack for each new citizen.

Also we approached our closest Bunnings (Rydalmere) for involvement in weekend “Sausage Sizzles”, and were offered a cancellation.  We conducted our first “Sizzle" on Saturday 30th November.   On the following Thursday evening we participated in a “Family Night" at the same venue.

The highlight for the year was our visit to our charity, The Oncology Unit, The Children's Hospital at Westmead.  We performed in the foyer and at several nursing stations then presented our donation of $4000.

We rounded out the year with our Christmas Party, where the more intrepid members entertained family and friends.

Lionel Eastwood
Events Coordinator
SydneySiders Express Harmony Chorus