Vo­cal Nosh has birth­day

Euroa Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By CHRIS DAY

VO­CAL Nosh be­gan in Euroa in Oc­to­ber, 2001 un­der the lead­er­ship of two lo­cal mu­sic teach­ers Chris Day and Linda Browne, sup­ported by Sue Ge­orge from Euroa Lit­tle Theatre.

When Linda Browne left Euroa, Di Mack­rell and Marg Chowanetz stepped in to help Chris lead and sup­port the ses­sions.

The group fol­lowed the model de­vel­oped by Fay White, an in­no­va­tive singer-song­writer and com­mu­nity mu­si­cian, whereby singing ses­sions were held on a Sun­day evening with a meal break hence the name – Vo­cal Nosh.

Fay and her hus­band, Terry, lived in Strath­bo­gie in 1974-75 as Fay was a teacher at Euroa Sec­ondary Col­lege.

Euroa’s group, one of the longestrun­ning in Vic­to­ria, re­cently cel­e­brated its 15th Birth­day.

Spe­cial guests were Fay and Terry White, and the or­gan­is­ers were de­lighted to see that peo­ple trav­elled from Mel­bourne, Castle­maine, Wan­garatta and Rushworth to help cel­e­brate the oc­ca­sion.

Vo­cal Nosh is not a per­for­mance group, although they do make oc­ca­sional ap­pear­ances in the com­mu­nity.

Over the years they have had reg­u­lar ses­sions in Euroa, with an an­nual visit to Vi­o­let Town, Strath­bo­gie and Long­wood.

This has al­lowed peo­ple in those com­mu­ni­ties to come and share their en­joy­ment of singing with each other.

Each ses­sion is to be en­joyed on the night – the em­pha­sis is on singing as part of a group, and ev­ery­one is wel­come whether they feel they can sing or not.

It’s amaz­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence singing in har­mony with many voices.

Peo­ple of­ten com­ment that they leave with a feel­ing of well­be­ing, re­vi­talised and ready for the work­ing week.

There are no re­hearsals and no knowl­edge of mu­sic is re­quired.

The lead­ers cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment where ev­ery­one is wel­come and guide the group through a wide va­ri­ety of songs.

The re­sults can be sur­pris­ing, en­ter­tain­ing and of­ten very pow­er­ful.

Five ses­sions are held each year be­tween March and Novem­ber, and are ad­ver­tised at ‘The Hub’, Bin­ney St., Euroa.

THERE ON DAY ONE: Those who took an in­ter­est and par­tic­i­pated in the group from its in­cep­tion were Roswitha Malina (left), Jur­gen Malina, Marg Chowanetz, John McGrath, Diane Mack­rell, Chris Day, Beryl Web­ster, Geoff Web­ster, Sue Ge­orge, Fay White and Val Smith.

IN­NO­VA­TIVE SINGER-SONG­WRITER: Fay White (pic­tured to right) de­vel­oped the model on which Vo­cal Nosh is based. Fay (left) was pre­sented with flow­ers by Chris Day in recog­ni­tion of her ini­tia­tive.

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