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Sing for Supper Bendigo

Community singing fun for everyone!

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Gospel, Blues & Roots a great success

Posted on July 27, 2013 at 8:04 PM Comments comments (11109)
More than 30 people from in and around Bendigo had a wonderful time singing for their heart and soul at the Long Gully Community Centre.  Ange Mitten led some wonderful songs, such as Yonder Come Day, Oh Freedom, Tuxedo Junction, Sold down the river.  We welcomed a number of people for the first time and it seemed that everyone had a great time.  The fully enclosed playgroup allowed the children to have a sing and a play, while their carers continued to sing and maintain a watchful eye on them.
Ann and I are looking forward to welcoming people back to this venue in a month's time, Saturday 31 August with Songs to warm the winter heart, led by Carl Pannuzzo.  Carl is a very experience singing lead and he is currently the director of Gorgeous Voices.

Songs of Africa - a huge success

Posted on June 17, 2013 at 2:23 AM Comments comments (8619)
More than 30 people almost sang the roof off the hall in at the Old Church on the Hill on May 25.  We sang a wide range of African songs from traditional to anti-apartheid.  The grand finale of "Freedom is coming" has left a beautiful imprint on my mind. A room full of smiling faces and glorious harmonies, with lovely percussion.  Hope you can join us for our next Saturday Sings! - gospel, blues & roots music- July 27th. Our venue will be the Long Gully Community Hall.  Bookings are now open.

Songs of Africa

Posted on May 22, 2013 at 9:57 AM Comments comments (29266)
Well all the preparations are now in place for our first Saturday Sings! for this weekend - May 25th commencing at 2pm. Today Ann & I had a lovely chat with Jenny at Phoenix FM about Sing for Supper and community singing more generally.We also played a couple of our favourite African songs to the Phoenix audience, that we enjoy singing.
Bookings are coming in and we are pleased to be welcoming old friends and many new comers too.
Hope to see you at "The Old Church on the Hill", Corner Harkness & Russell St, Quarry Hill

Sing for Supper is back for 2013

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 6:22 AM Comments comments (30061)
Deb Allan and Ann Lyon are proud to announce that Sing for Supper Bendigo is about to commence for its 3rd year on Sunday 21 April at St Andrew's Hall 26-28 Myers St Bendigo commencing at 6pm. 
Based on inclusive community singing principles, Sing for Supper offers opportunities for the community to come together and sing for fun.  The singing is mostly acapella and you learn while you sing. Everyone is made welcome and the only criteria is to enjoy singing.
There is also time to eat and meet people in your community.
This year, Sing for Supper is branching out into Saturday Sings - a series of Saturday afternoon workshops offer at different locations around Bendigo.  The first workshop on May 27 will be mainly African songs lead by Jane Thompson and James Rigby.
Places for all our events are limited, so please remember to book in advance.  If you would like to know more please visit our website

A little bit of blues & Jazz

Posted on July 21, 2012 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (1147)
Sunday July 15 2012 - what a great night.  38 people spent a couple of hours singing blues and jazz lead by Jo Woodward.  The small hall at St. Andrew's Bendigo was full of fun and laughter.  Ann's carrot & coriander soup was a real hit! Deb's "Spicy Moroccan Chick pea soup" was also devoured quickly.  Really nice to see families coming out on a Sunday night once a month to enjoy singing together. Thanks to everyone for being there and sharing their beautiful voices and getting into the spirit of "Sing for Supper".  I'm still singing Hernandos Hideaway. See you next time. Deb

We share our special soup recipes

Posted on June 20, 2011 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (1477)
More than 50 people enjoyed our first singing session with Jane Thomspon and James Rigby singing a wonderful selection of songs about "place".  Beautiful voices sang old favourites such as "The road to Gundagai" to more comtemporary songs such as Ruby Hunter's "Welcome to all People" - which could be an anthem for our gathering.  We had many requests to share our special soups this month.  Ann made a delicious Ginger, Pumpkin & Red lentil, and I made pea with coriander, a quick & easy, low cost soup. Click on the links and start cooking.  Why not share your favourite vegaetarian soup? Your recipe may feature at a future Sing for Supper.

Our great soup maker

Posted on April 17, 2011 at 12:09 PM Comments comments (1870)
A big thank you to our fabulous soup maker Ann Lyon, who prepared more than 20 litres of beautiful soup for our first Sing for Supper. We hope you enjoyed them. Ann is also a great organiser and was responsible for making the whole setting look very welcoming.  Well done Ann

Sing for Supper Bendigo successful launch

Posted on April 17, 2011 at 12:02 PM Comments comments (1337)
Well after two years of planning, Sing for Supper Bendigo had a very successful launch tonight.   56 people come along and sung their hearts our to the wonderful songs lead by Fay White.  The theme was "Hope & Inspiration" and we sang some African spirituals that gave some of us goosebumps hearing the beautiful voices.  A lovely soup supper was enjoyed by everyone.

New - Community Singing at Kyneton

Posted on April 7, 2011 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (1371)
Vocal Nosh is coming to Kyneton. Launching on Sunday May 22 at 6pm at Kyneton Community & Learning Centre, 34 Mollison St Kyneton.  Contact Angela Mitten on 0428 722 734 for details

Singing Quodilbets

Posted on April 7, 2011 at 6:42 PM Comments comments (2570)
Although I have been participating in community singing for many years now, I’m still amazed at what you can learn.  At Newstead Vocal Nosh last Sunday, we sang “Quodilbets” – which means singing different melodies at the same time that sound good together. Such as “When the Saints go marching in” and “Swing low, sweet chariot”.  Great fun and I now have another"q" word for Scrabble.