Vocal Nosh has birthday
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.