Seven Years Young
The Heart and Soul Singers will celebrate seven years of singing together on Tuesday 2 August. With not an itch in sight, it is an amazing effort for a group that started with nine people.
We will also be celebrating the Canberra Southern Cross Club’s support as we have been included in their 2016 Annual Community Support Grants. Our sincere thanks go to the Club who is a great supporter of small groups like us and their assistance and support is greatly appreciated!
Our Year so Far………
March – Tuggeranong Sing-along Group
This group meets fortnightly and is managed by Communites@Work and proudly sponsored by the Canberra Southern Cross Club Tuggeranong.
Always an enjoyable gig, we invited our audience to sing along with us if the some of our songs were familiar to them. This is a regular event on our performance calendar, with an opportunity to have coffee together afterwards.
March – Connect and Participation Expo
Our stall was opposite the ramp again this year and we had many lovely visitors stopping to find out who we are and what we offer. There was the usual friendly buzz with much activity going on; from impromptu ‘pop up’ performances to martial arts ‘fisticuffs’ opposite our table which kept us entertained!
The day was both well organised and set out with many organisations represented. It was a fun day of self promotion for groups not unlike us!
January – An early return for a sad departure
We began our term early this year as our first commitment was a farewell to one of our long standing songbirds and one of the founding members of ‘Heart and Soul’. The forever young Edith will always be remembered for her friendliness, infectious enthusiasm and love of life. She will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. Mravalzlamier Edith!
22 May 1931 – 19 Jan 2016
Music played a big part in Edith’s life and many of us had sung with her for over fourteen years. Edith was extremely disciplined (now there’s a surprise!) and I suspect is the only member of all the choirs she sang with who did her ‘homework’. Always with recorder in hand at rehearsals, she was conscious of ‘getting it right’.
Edith bopped her way through many a performance but often worried that she was making a fool of herself. Quite the contrary as she brought great joy to both audience and fellow performer alike. Some of us discovered our inner ‘bop’ because of her infectious enthusiasm.
The catch cry for the Out of the Shower choir was unofficially ‘Go Gran-ma’. Called out by a devoted grandchild of Edith’s during our first performance in front an audience way back in 2004, it brought much laughter and all nerves disappeared (well almost).
And go she did – from the poignant concert at Australian War Memorial to the Folk Festival, Tasmanian Festival of Voices, Canberra Torch Relay, and the High Court concerts and all the performances in between, Edith jigged and swayed with the energy of someone half her age. It did not matter what we songs we sang, she enjoyed them all, no matter how challenging. The world music songs were her favourites, though, especially the African songs. Non traditional, primitive and uplifting, often sung at the top of her voice.
Funny, friendly, supportive and wise, Edith was loved by all who sang with her in OOTS, 666 Community Choir, Worldly Goods and Heart and Soul Singers. She was a founding member of Heart and Soul and put every inch of hers into everything she did.
Our wonderful songbird will be sorely missed.