June's Musical Monday


Hello Music-Makers,

Time flies when your having fun so this coming Monday is June's Musical Monday.
On offer this month is -
  • 10 am to 11 am  Morning Zither Run/Group -  a zither run is a 1 hour lesson to get the most out of your zither. We cover tuning, care, playing and navigating the tune-sheets. Everything you need to take your zither 'for a run' and just play. Suitable for all skill levels. $10 per session, includes the new tune-sheet and morning tea.
 
  • Please note that for the Zither Runs we have instruments available for you to use, should you not yet have your own, so why not give it a go? 🎶
 
  • 1 pm to 2:30 pm - Running with Zithers Ensemble rehearsal - this ensemble is a group of Zither & Autoharp players who, with a percussionist, challenge their music-making to play and harmonize in a group. Ensemble membership asks for commitment to attend rehearsals, a sense of fun and an annual membership fee of $10 to cover the cost of sheet-musicPlease note - the Running with Zithers Ensemble rehearsals are not open-to-all music lessons, they are genuine rehearsals for instrumentalists working toward performance and/or recording. Contact runningwithzithers@gmail.com for more Information.
 
  • 3 pm to 4 pm - Afternoon Zither Run/Group -  a zither run is a 1 hour lesson to get the most out of your zither. We cover tuning, care, playing and navigating the tune-sheets. Everything you need to take your zither 'for a run' and just play. Suitable for all skill levels. $10 per session, includes the new tune-sheets and afternoon tea.
 
  • 4 pm to 5 pm - Birregurra Community Arts Group Family Music Sessions with John James - These are fun, family music tasters introducing music to children of all ages through an eclectic range of instruments. $5 per session.

  • 7 pm to 8:30 - The Birregurra Community Arts Group Singing Circle - singing for fun because it is sooo good for us. Everyone's welcome $5.

  • Private music tuition - unable to attend Musical Mondays but wanting to start your own musical journey? Contact the following music teachers directly!
  • Piano & Violin - Jill Price 0417 207 298
  • Music Theory - Julie Payne 0413 255 687
  • Blues Harmonica - Ron Eichler 0429 222 422

Surf Coast Arts Trail


 
August 12 and 13 will see six new vibrant venues along the hinterland trail. 11 out of the 46 trail venues are dotted amongst the hills and bush of the inland routes. I hope that your art loving communities will grab a map and join the trail this year.
For any more information, please phone me on 0400 436 308      Cinnamon



 
 

Cellist Anthony Albrecht will perform Bach to the Bush


This Saturday Night at the Carolyn Theatre Cellist Anthony Albrecht will perform Bach to the Bush
 
Anthony is touring in a lot of regional centres and has had a good turn out and appreciative audience at all.

Tickets are $25 full $20 concession $10 students & children free .  at Cow Lick Books, or https://www.trybooking.com/OMSS

Birregurra Music Salon - Lisa Miller & Shane O'Mara / 10 June 2017

The crowd was warm and the sound was rich! 

Australian singer-songwriter, Lisa Miller, didn't fail to impress the crowd of 80 or so in attendance last night at Birregurra Christ Church - the second installment of Birregurra Music Salon for 2017. Guests got toasty by the outdoor fire and enjoyed some delicious spiced mulled wine before heading in to the historic church to soak up some sublime vocals, guitar and lyrics from two of Australia's most brilliant musician. It was a real treat.

Next salon is on Saturday 5th August with "Reimagining Nina Simone" presented by jazz singer Nicola Watson and the award winning Nathan Liow Trio - direct from Melbourne's Caravan Music Club and Paris Cat. Tickets on sale NOW


Time to get your tickets for the fabulous Lisa Miller gig at Birregurra Christ Church this Sat 10th June

Are you coming along to the gig this Saturday to see the fabulous Lisa Miller and Shane O’Mara? There are still some tickets available here: http://bit.ly/lisamiller10June


It’s our 2nd of 3 Music Salons and it's going to be a great winter night out with mulled wine, a roaring fire weather permitting, great company, good wine and the most fabulous music from one of Australia’s singer songwriter icons. 

Bar opens at 6pm. Show starts at 7pm; two sets with short interval.

Tickets $22+bf or $25 at the door until sold out.

See you there!!

Next Birregurra Music Salon: Sat 5th Aug - Nicola Watson and her award winning jazz trio with Reimagining Nina Simon




Daytrip to Van Gogh Winter Masterpieces

It's on again! Daytrip to Van Gogh Winter Masterpieces NGV on Wed June 14. Interested? Contact Judy at oldlorneroadolives@yahoo.com.au

Musical Monday

Hello Music-makers,
A reminder that this coming Monday is the last Monday of the month and therefore May's Musical Monday.
 

On offer this month is -
  • 10 am to 11 am  Morning Zither Run/Group -  a zither run is a 1 hour lesson to get the most out of your zither. We cover tuning, care, playing and navigating the tune-sheets. Everything you need to take your zither 'for a run' and just play. Suitable for all skill levels. $10 per session, includes the new tune-sheet and morning tea.
  • Please note that for the Zither Runs we have instruments available for you to use, should you not yet have your own, so why not give it a go? 🎶
  • 1 pm to 2:30 pm - Running with Zithers Ensemble rehearsal - this ensemble is a group of Zither & Autoharp players who, with a percussionist, challenge their music-making to play and harmonize in a group. Ensemble membership asks for commitment to attend rehearsals, a sense of fun and an annual membership fee of $10 to cover the cost of sheet-music. Please note - the Running with Zithers Ensemble rehearsals are not open-to-all music lessons, they are genuine rehearsals for instrumentalists working toward performance and/or recording. If you would like to try out playing with this ensemble.
  • 3 pm to 4 pm - Afternoon Zither Run/Group -  a zither run is a 1 hour lesson to get the most out of your zither. We cover tuning, care, playing and navigating the tune-sheets. Everything you need to take your zither 'for a run' and just play. Suitable for all skill levels. $10 per session, includes the new tune-sheets and afternoon tea.
  • 4 pm to 5 pm - Birregurra Community Arts Group Family Music Sessions with John James - These are fun, family music tasters introducing music to children of all ages through an eclectic range of instruments. $5 per session.
  • 7 pm to 8:30 - The Birregurra Community Arts Group Singing Circle - singing for fun because it is sooo good for us. Everyone's welcome $5.
  • Private music tuition - unable to attend Musical Mondays but wanting to start your own musical journey? Contact the following music teachers directly!
  • Piano & Violin - Jill Price 0417 207 298
  • Music Theory - Julie Payne 0413 255 687
  • Blues Harmonica - Ron Eichler 0429 222 422

Birregurra Painter's Collective News


During the school holidays we had the pleasure of a visit from Debbie McIntyre and she had the following kind words to share;

“While on school holidays I took the opportunity to visit Birregurra's newly formed painting group.
 
How lovely to find a small group quietly enjoying, exploring & sharing their love of painting. 

As founding members Sophia & Barry worked (or played!) away, the group's 'leader' Natalie introduced me & explained the ethos of the group. "I just wanted to paint with other people so I thought I'd start a group to see if anyone else wanted to as well. No pressure to work in any particular medium or way. I just wanted to be painting with others."

Barry & Sophia expressed how grateful they were that Natalie did!

As Barry explained to me about his painting, I started to get an appreciation for his skill & love of painting. Sophia was experimenting with different textural method for the base of her latest work. Thirteen year old Clodagh was having fun using water colours & looking for inspiration. That’s when Natalie brought out her computer generated art. Wow! They were fantastic! Some were dark & moody, others light & airy. All stunning.”

(Thanks Deb)

 Shortly after Deb left, Maggie arrived to work on her impressive ink study of the Church and this week Alison continued with her beautiful landscape while Chris worked on putting some finishing touches on her very entertaining journals. Whilst small, our painting group enjoys a variety of talents as well as many laughs and occasional personal concerns which all members treat with respect and care.
 
 
 
The Birregurra Painting group meets every Thursday at the Anglican Church hall from 11am - 2pm. BYO your painting gear. Tea & coffee provided.
Natalie can be contacted on  0412405922 or email natnewt@activ8.net.au


Jewellery Making Workshop (Now Full)

Short-term Volunteer Coordinator Position


BCAG wish to support a biannual spring event focusing on gardens and art.  Accordingly BCAG is looking for an Arts Group member to coordinate an Open and Garden & Arts event in November 2017.  

mprovan@westnet.com.au


The Coordinator will be provided with task lists and simple templates to adapt according to the defined objectives of the event.
 
The  Coordinator will also be expected to lead a working group of volunteers to implement the identified goals of the event.
 
This is a volunteer position.

If anyone is interested, contact Monica on mprovan@westnet.com.au 

Pottery classes with Chris Hoggard



FREE
Second Round of pottery classes starting in two weeks. Many students are staying on for a second round which is fantastic! There are some places available if anyone out there is interested?
Please call Chris on 0429 311 698 or message Chris Hoggard on Facebook for more information if you are interested. No experience needed!!

Colour Workshop


Laughs and learning at the colour mixing workshop! Thanks Saabira for your experience and expertise in sharing it.




Singing for Fun!

If you have ever been told you can’t sing then the the ‘New Look’ Birregurra Singing Circle is the singing group for you!



“What’s new” I here you ask? Well….all the following:

  • During 2017 the Singing Circle will meet every last Monday of the month, starting February, the 27th through to, and including, the last Monday of November.
  • It will be led by experienced and vibrant community singing group leader Vic Fenton and all are encouraged to contribute their special talents.
  • It is a non-performing singing group so no pressure for rehearsals or solos, we sing purely for fun of it and the wonderful benefits singing in a group can bring.
  • It will start at 7pm and conclude at 8:30pm but we will have chance to catch up over a cuppa half way through during 15 minute break.
  • Only $5 and all are welcome – LET’S SING!
  • Birregurra Christ Church Hall, cnr Sladen & Beal Streets, Birregurra.

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Pottery at Warncoort with Chris Hoggard


COPAC Art Competion

Attention to all textile and fibre artists working in 3D forms. COPAC  is calling for entries in the 2017 Art Competition featuring "Flight" as the subject.
Information about the competition and closing dates can be obtained from COPAC or the Colac Otway Shire.

Reading Music For Beginners

A short course on reading music for beginners is being offered by a recently retired trumpeter with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. For Information and registration contact Julie on 0413 255 687.

Coming up at COPACC

The Audrey, 9th April / Don't miss out, not many tickets left


ONLY 30 TICKETS LEFT SO BUY YOURS NOW SO YOU DON'T MISS OUT


GET YOUR TICKETS HERE: https://parlourgigs.com/gigs/5858c31bd65b9d7777b9ab74

Birregurra Music Salon is very excited to present the incredible blues and roots Aria Winners, THE AUDREYS 5.30pm Sunday 9th April 2017 at Birregurra Christ Church.
There are only 100 tickets and they are certain to sell out. General release is on Friday 27th Jan.
WHEN: 5.30pm on Sunday 9th April 2017 (bar opens at 4.30pm)
TICKETS: $33 or $40 on the door (unless sold out, which is very likely)

If you aren’t a member or are yet to pay your annual dues, head to the BCAG membership page and sign up (http://www.birreartsgroup.com/p/how.html)

Cash and cheque payments can be made to Anna Hoedeman at the Birregurra Community Health Centre.

Update on Painter’s Group





Painter’s group sessions will begin at the Anglican Church hall (cnr Sladen and Beal Streets) on Thursday 2nd March from 11:00am to 2:00pm

Cost will be $5.00 per person per session.

Fees will help to cover the cost of hall hire and the supply of tea/coffee and biscuits. Artists of all levels are welcome and hopefully can develop, share and practice their skills in a friendly and supportive environment.


 Some easels and watercolour/drawing boards will be available for use, otherwise artists will be expected to bring their own materials and art equipment.


 Those who can come along on the day at the times available, please do so. For those who cannot, but still wish to be involved with a social painters group, please let me know and if enough interest is generated we will try to organize another group to meet at a different time.


 For more information call Natalie on 0412405922


Evening Wear Exhibition at Barwon Park Mansion

Evening wear fashion from the 1920' and 30's is being featured at Barwon Park Mansion up to 26th March.
Tickets available at the door. $20 Adult, $17 National Trust Members and further discounts for concessions and children.

Hot Club Swing

 
Friday 10th March at the Carolyn Theatre Cororooke

Tickets Cowlick Book Shop, Cororooke Shop or https://www.trybooking.com/OMSS

Hot Club Swing’s unique style of French Gypsy Jazz is alive and well; music
originating in the 1930s but still thriving in the 21st century. The group draws its
influences from an exotic palate of music from Latin America, Swing and
Eastern Europe, painting on a canvas that can be eloquently French, starkly
rustic or darkly and romantically gypsy.
The quintet features: Ben Calderazzo (leader/guitar); Phil Smurthwaite (violin);
Rob Gador (double bass); Jeremy Bourke (rhythm guitar), and Nadine Joy
(vocals) and is inspired by the original masters, Django Reinhardt and Stephane
Grappelli with influences from more modern groups such as Latcho Drom &
Bireli Lagrene.
Having played together for over 15 years, some notable performances include:
Port Fairy Music Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, the 53rd National Jazz
Convention, Boite World Music Café, inclusion on the charity CD Waterfront
Christmas for United Way and supporting headline act Hank Marvin at the 2015
Oz Manouche Festival of Gypsy Jazz.
Hot Club Swing's first two albums, Musique du Jour (2002) and Sacré Coeur
(2005), both gained regular airplay on local and national Australian radio, and
achieved notable sales figures, making both albums now out of print. In late 2013
Hot Club Swing released their third full-length studio album Douce Ambiance to
sell-out audiences and glowing reviews.
As a result of many showcase performances, the group has built a dedicated and
diverse audience, which is always eager to return to experience this captivating
music. The group has also been featured at various festivals, as well as concert
settings and private bookings, always bringing a certain joie de vivre!
“Hot Club Swing capture a warm, swinging all-string sound taking audience hearts
and imaginations captive….the band’s intuitive and empathic interplay is a feature of
their live set.” The Age.
 
 

The Audrey's are coming!

Birregurra Music Salon is very excited to present the incredible blues and roots Aria Winners, THE AUDREYS 5.30pm Sunday 9th April 2017 at Birregurra Christ Church.
There are only 100 tickets and they are certain to sell out. General release is on Friday 27th Jan.
WHEN: 5.30pm on Sunday 9th April 2017 (bar opens at 4.30pm)
TICKETS: $33 or $40 on the door (unless sold out, which is very likely)

All financial Birregurra Community Arts Group members will have the chance to get in first with a ticket pre-sale release on Friday 13th January for The Audreys, coming on Sunday 9th April. General release tickets will go on sale on Friday 27th January. 

If you aren’t a member or are yet to pay your annual dues, head to the BCAG membership page and sign up (http://www.birreartsgroup.com/p/how.html)

Cash and cheque payments can be made to Anna Hoedeman at the Birregurra Community Health Centre.

March General Meeting



Next BCAG general meeting is on Thursday 9th March at 6.30pm at the Community Health Centre

Painters Group

Anyone interested in joining an ongoing informal painters group for the purpose of  sharing know-how,  benefiting from mutual creative support and  enjoying casual interactive learning from fellow artists can contact Natalie Newton at natnewt@activ8.net.au or  phone 52362562

The objective of the group is not to be a workshop but to be a continuing, regularly planned get-together of painters in any medium (watercolour, acrylics, oil, pastels or pencils) for the opportunity to create paintings in a group setting which can offer constructive encouragement, or just the chance to work alongside other likeminded artists.

Whilst no venue or times have been arranged if enough interest is generated a venue and times (the majority preferred from an offered range) will be organized. A small weekly fee will be applicable to support payment of the venue and for morning or afternoon tea.

This fee will be slightly higher for non-BCAG members.

 ALL artists of any skill level from beginners to experts are welcome 

Learn how to fundraise in the Creative Partnerships ART CLINIC

MATCH Lab is the new iteration of Creative Partnerships Australia's matched funding program for independent artists and groups.
 Many artists and groups have said that while the matched funding opportunity in previous programs was great for helping them secure donors, they also wanted to benefit from a more hands-on experience with Creative Partnerships Australia to boost their skills in arts fundraising, and learn how to maintain the momentum they’d built in their fundraising campaigns. So an extra component has been added to the program in the Raising Money for Art clinic. The clinic will help participants develop a deeper understanding of what support is out there and how to go about making the approaches they need.

 Successful applicants will build their fundraising skills and knowledge at the clinic, and then can put those skills into practice with a fundraising campaign for a nominated project. Their campaigns will be boosted by Creative Partnerships Australia matching funds raised, dollar-for-dollar.

 As part of MATCH Lab we’ll fund your attendance at the Raising Money For Art clinic, your return airfares, two-nights’ accommodation and meals; plus, we’ll match, dollar-for-dollar, money raised through that fundraising campaign up to $10,000 per participant, to help you leverage support for your new project.

 MATCH Lab can help artists really understand more about their potential to build private sector support and fund their art in a sustainable way. It’s not a straight-up grants program; it’s designed to be a professional development opportunity.

 Full guidelines for the program, FAQs and fundraising resources are available here: https://www.creativepartnershipsaustralia.org.au/how-we-can-help/programs/match

 

Applications close on 17 February 2017.

Yarn in the Yards


Come along and enjoy a Yarn in the Yards @ Birregurra Hall - Saturday 4th Feb 1-4pm

Come along and enjoy a FREE arvo of yarns about yarn with Tarndwarncoort Homestead—from growing wool, to processing it, to selling it, to using it.
Bring along a woolcraft project to work away at while you listen or try your hand at wool grading, wool spinning or have the kids make you a felt ball key ring.
It's the last event in The Yards for 2017 and what a summer it's been!! If you haven't had a chance to check out The Yards yet, now's your chance to visit before it's dismantled in preparation for permanent landscaping.

WHAT'S THE GO WITH THE YARDS AFTER THIS WEEKEND?
The Yards has been an fun temporarIly activated space set up as part of the Birregurra enLIGHTen Me Small Town Transformation. From the end of February, the space will be dismantled in preparation for permanent landscaping that will reflect the spirit and functionality of The Yards. All the materials used in The Yards Pop Up will either be returned, re-purposed or recycled within the community. 
HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE PERMANENT LANDSCAPE - TAKE A QUICK FEEDBACK SURVEY
We'd love to hear your feedback on the space so we can pass on to the landscape designer who is preparing a master-plan for the space as well as the front of Birregurra Hall. Your voice will help shape and create the permanent space for our community. Click here to participate in the short feedback survey.
NOTE: Filming and photography will be taking place during this event for publicity and reporting purposes for Birregurra Community Arts Group and Regional Arts Victoria. Please inform the team at the gate if you do not wish to have your images recorded.

Birregurra Community Arts Group is a key partner in the Birregurra enLIGHTen Me Small Town Transformation. For more information about the project, visit www.enlightenmebirre.com or follow the Facebook page HERE.