Showing posts with label fun. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fun. Show all posts

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Rowan sings Ode to Joy

Beethoven's 9th Symphony like you've never heard it before!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Log splitting working bee

Peter Stone took these pictures last Saturday - 19th Nov. - when we held our second and final log splitting working bee.Those featured are Tree Cocks, Polly Mason, Ron Tindall, James Cordes, Nigel Tucker, Scott Blackwell and Peter. Scott provided the team with some more of his marvelous fruit cake.

You may ask what has this got to do with singing? Well, we are working hard to raise funds for our 150th anniversary celebrations in 2013, and without events like this we won't make the target. Thanks to Giles Wynn-Williams who donated the logs. The wood will be sold off in March 2012 after it's had a chance to dry.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Fun for the snow day

The whole of Dunedin is snowed in today, so we might as well have a little fun with Kermit and friends. Love the pink cows!!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Bad opera joke

Don't blame me for this one - it is from my husband.

Q: To what question is the answer 9W?

A: "Do you spell your name with a 'V', Herr Wagner?"

(told you it was awful!)

Saturday, December 25, 2010

2010 ends for Choir

The last rehearsal for 2010 at City of Dunedin Choir went something like this:

First we worked really really hard at mastering some of the notes in Bach's B Minor Mass. I love the music, but as with composers like Bach and Handel, their works usually have 'too many' notes! One has to concentrate all the time - if you miss a note or a beat you are lost! Mmm... and after a long day at the office powers of concentration are not what they could be. Anyhow, we did well and David said it sounded all angelic, just as it is supposed to! Great.

It being the last rehearsal of the year a sumptious supper was laid on - thanks to those members who contributed the scrumdiddlyumptious nibblies!

After the singing we grabbed a quick cup of tea and it was over to Rosi, the Fun Quiz Master, to put us throught our paces. Well done to the 'February' team - first to get to the right answers and unscramble the letters to arrive at:  I LOVE BACH

Having earned it, we socialised and tucked into those wonderful nibblies, YUM!

AND... the winners of the annual Christmas hampers were drawn. Don't they look gorgeous? Thanks to everyone for your contributions, selling tickets, and Rebecca for organising the fund-raiser.

Next it was Deborah's turn to thanks the special people: Michael (Assistant Conductor), Roland (Accompanist) and David (Director) and wish everybody well for the festive season. The evening was wrapping up fast, but then came the big surprise: everyone was still milling about socialising when David and Roland got us going singing the Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah - unprepared, from memory!

What a wonderful way to end a very busy year of choral singing. Don't forget, we start rehearsing again on Tuesday 1 February 2011 and first up on the programme we'll join the Southern Sinfonia in two performances of The Last Night of the Proms, and then our Bach B Minor Mass concert is in April.

Are you a singer looking for a choir to join? We'd love to welcome you to the City of Dunedin Choir - contact us today!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The funky dance moves we're NOT doing

Last night was fun, wasn't it?

Learning to move and actually dance while singing is something new for most choristers. I'm no dancer, so it was a bit of a challenge to sing and think right foot double stomp left foot double stomp while singing. How do those singer-dancer types do it? Beats me!

You know, one of my earliest memories was having my little girl ballerina dreams quashed when my dance teacher told me, at the tender age of about three, that I "wasn't going to be no ballerina, mate!"

Some dreams come true, others get relegated to the wheelie bin. That's life.

Today I've decided to share with you another musician's dream. The dream of creating the world's funkiest music video.

I'm afraid its another dream that should have been relegated to life's wheelie bin a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...

Enjoy. Or whatever.

Now - after seeing that - don't you feel better about our own easy dance moves? At least we don't have to conga-line across the stage!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Buzz Quiz

So this new fund-raiser seems to be achieving one of its aims - to put the fun into fund-raising.

Two Buzz Quizzes and money in the kitty we didn't have before. Brilliant!

The principle is to pay a dollar to answer the question by signing your name alongside a numbered space. Each numbered space represents a possible answer to a fiendishly difficult question. (Am I biased? I hope so!)

The quiz is based around the old fair stalwart - how many beans are there in this jar - you know the sort of thing.

Each question therefore has a number as an answer. Simple as.

All that's required is a sense of the ridiculous. And as was suggested the other night a sense of the psychology of the quiz-master; where might the winning space lie? How many spaces would she have put before and how many after the correct answer? Personally, I think you're are on a hiding to nothing, with trying to work that out! People have been trying to figure her out for a long time.

The quiz-mistress is also judge and jury and will brook no argument with the answer. You can try to double-guess, try to interpret her enigmatic smile - or her giggles and guffaws, but she'll not let on whether you are near the mark or not, as you sign your name.

Each question also has a definition - to eliminate any possible and lingering doubts that players may face.
So far the questions (all two of them) have been musical - but they won't all be. I will vary them to include some local Dunedin knowledge.

I think the answers are surprising, did you realise we have sung 61 pieces of music since 2004? No? Neither did I until I calculated it out.

May you all have as much fun in playing as I'm having in setting the questions!

Next week is Sales Table Night (first Tuesdays in the month always are), so there'll not be a Buzz Quiz.

But watch out for the Buzz Quiz Corner on every Tuesday evening rehearsal.

Happy Buzz Quizz-ing!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Parody on BA ad

I just had to share this with you all - it is so funny! And lovely voices too! It's a parody of the classic British Airways commercial - the lovely 'Flower Duet' from 'Lakme' by Delibes.

Monday, February 22, 2010


Ever heard of the computer game Tetris? Surely just about everybody knows it!!??

Here's a choral version for your enjoyment - tee hee hee

Tetris is a puzzle video game originally designed and programmed by Alexey Pazhitnov. It was created on June 6, 1984, while he was working for the Dorodnicyn Computing Centre of the Academy of Science of the USSR in Moscow. He derived its name from the Greek numerical prefix "tetra- (all of the game's pieces, known as Tetrominoes, contain four segments) and tennis, Pajitnov's favorite sport.

Read more about Tetris...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Bohemian Rhapsody for Muppeteers

A few weeks ago I posted a YouTube of Bohemian Rhapsody For Geeks.

Now here's one for the Muppeteers among us.

Besides, you all need a break from that dreadful Cyberbass, don't you?


(Sorry about posting twice in one day. I really do have a life!)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Bohemian Rhapsody for Geeks

Dedicated to the Inner Geek in every chorister.

Enjoy (or not)...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Keyboard Cat takes on the beauty queen

Recently, we were treated at this blog to a little musical refinement (very little!) in the form of a cat playing the piano.

Here's a bit more random musical silliness.

So take it away, Keyboard Cat!

Monday, December 1, 2008


The internet has a whole stack of chat clients that can be used for talking to your friends online - at little or no cost.

Skype: Phoning home without the cost

Skype is one of the better-known products out there. It's actually an online phone client, not a chat program. You can use it to talk to people with landlines, computers and mobile phones all over the world. It's brilliant. I know a lot of people in City Choir already use Skype, and find it saves them heaps of money on overseas calls, keeping in touch with their families and friends.

Chat clients

Chat clients are great for gasbagging with friend overseas. Most of my friends are in Adelaide and Melbourne, and I chat online with them all the time, keeping up with gossip and other information on what they're doing. It's informal and easy.

I'll give a run-down on some of the more common clients, providing links to the client websites.

I use Meebo a fair bit. Meebo enables you to have all your chatting programs in the one place. So if you have ICQ, MSNChat and GoogleTalk, by logging in to Meebo you can chat to all your different friends on different chat programs with the one login. As a freelancer, I have found this particularly useful - its a great networking tool.

Then there's GoogleTalk. The advantage of GoogleTalk is, of course, that as bloggers with Gmail accounts, you already have access to GoogleTalk. Yay!

ICQ is the Granddaddy of chat clients, and has been around for, like, ever. It's still good after all these years.

In the end, it just depends what you prefer to use. Like I said, I use Meebo, and everyone who has a blogger account has access to GoogleTalk already. Google does some nice bundling of products, although they are getting a bit too evil for my liking.

Why chat?

It's free, it's easy, it's fun, and you don't have to be a Rhodes Scholar with your spelling. Or your grammar. On chat, it doesn't matter. Chat is a great way to keep in touch, make plans for the afternoon, or discuss the next week's meeting or rehearsal.

Studies show that chat, rather than email, is the internet mode of communication of the future. The next generation are dropping email, and chatting and texting instead. Why? Because it's fast, easy, and direct.

Chatting with fellow City Choir choristers

Why not? Download a chat client by visiting the chat web page (I've provided the links above) and hunt up your fellow choristers. Drop them a line. Wage war about Bach and Beethoven, or organise to meet for a coffee. It's up to you!

Monday, November 3, 2008

May The Force Be With You

The following is an a capella tribute to the Star Wars movies and composer John Williams.

If you, like me, loved the Star Wars movies (well, the first trilogy anyway), you'll probably love this.


Thursday, October 2, 2008

Bach bites Wolf, Wolf bites DOG, DOG takes Beet, Beet kills all...

I'll let you all in on a not-so-little secret: This isn't the only blogging I do.

I actually keep a few other blogs around the net, and participate in a few forums. Now, I'm not about to bore you with the off-topic discussions that I get involved with, so you don't have to worry about that. But I thought some of you might find my recent posts relevant to Mr Bach of interest.

I didn't think they were suitable for this blog - that is why they ended up on my own site. But I will post links to them here, as some of you might find them amusing. (Clicking on the links will open them up in a new window for you.)

If you're a Bach fangirl/fanguy, you might find the first two posts not so much to your liking. At this juncture, I should probably explain that I actually quite like Bach and am enjoying the current work we're doing (sometimes for the wrong reasons), but he just doesn't get me the spinal shivers that really great music should deal me.

So if you're looking for something to read, click on the above links. And if you disagree with me, please feel free to state your side of the case - disagreement is the spice of life, after all!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Danny Boy

A new spin on an old classic.

Nothing to do with the Christmas Oratorio, but I do think these guys have real talent - don't you? (Maybe we could invite them to the tenor section? [G, D & R])

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Strawberry Fare

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a chorister in possession of a good appetite, must be in want of dessert."
- with apologies to Jane Austen

A friend of mine just pointed me at the following: Strawberry Fare.

I'm new to New Zealand, and even newer to Christchurch, but it doesn't usually take me long to discover the great eateries. Apparently, this place does some wonderful desserts. Although they do the whole gamut from breakfast through mains, I'll skip the rest and go straight to the chocolate dessert :-)

I think - Beethoven aside (as if!) - this is an excellent adjunct reason for us to head north come December. An old Melbourne friend of mine once hunted the entire length and breadth of Paris for the best creme brulee available - what a shame if it could be topped just across the Tasman!

I'll step up to the plate. Literally.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Ode to Joy

Okay, so it's not Bach, but it is a wonderful interpretation of one of the choral masterpieces.

Enjoy. Or not.