Nov 2019

 High Street Bells Choir
   Singing for Joy
 Celebrating 9 years

Musical Director - Sarah Mandie

This term has been very busy for the choir as they experience the joy and variety of working with two different and complementary singing leaders. 

Chris Falk and I have been sharing the choir leadership - learning new songs like Blue Skies and Blue Bayou. Something about the colour blue!  We have also been preparing the group for our upcoming appearance at Federation Square as part of our Christmas festivities. We have an upbeat and varied set of Christmas songs  to perform on the big Fed Square stage and having this goal has been very rewarding.

The choir has been asked to do more gigs and performances than we can possibly manage but this is still very encouraging for all our members and for us as leaders. We look forward to seeing you at Fed Square on Dec 6th. 

Introducing Chris Falk

Chris believes singing brings out the best in us all, and says that everyone is born to sing. We think she's in the right place!

'Being a recent guest Musical Director of the High Street Bells has been the highlight of my year!'

'I have been songwriting and performing since my 20’s, and have been singing my whole life. I like to sing about life and community, and I'm drawn to lead community singing and songwriting projects. I also teach Alexander Technique and singing in Northcote.'

'Collaboration with the music team has been a treat, and being involved with such a warm, friendly singing community, with incredible volunteer support and slick committee of management, has been a tremendous experience.'

'Great sound, great energy, High Street Bells rock!!'


Recent Performances


In August our choir was honoured to be invited to perform at the Richmond Football Club at the launch of their Diversity and Inclusion Plan. The choir really enjoyed being part of this event which also featured a wonderful performance by a dance troupe & a moving panel discussion about issues of access & inclusion.

The audience enjoyed our performance, especially the last song which was the Richmond Football Club song led by Terry & Andrew who are enthusiastic Richmond supporters. Afterwards Terry, Andrew & their families were thrilled to have some photos taken with Richmond Football Club CEO, Brendon Gale. The event was greatly enjoyed by the choir. 


    Judy and Julie pictured with panelists and dancers

        L-R Sandra, Brendon, Andrew and Margaret

Enzo's Place

In early September the choir ventured to choir member Enzo's home and sang to a large audience of Enzo's fellow residents, as well as family members. It was clear how popular Enzo is and how his enthusiasm for the choir has spread amongst the staff and residents at the Hope Street Aged Care facility. 

The choir really enjoy performing and this was no exception. Enzo, pictured below, had a ball and is lobbying hard to have us back before too long.



Singer Profile - Charlie and Bree


Charlotte (also called Charlie) and Bree started together at High Street Bells at the beginning of 2019. They never miss a week and sit together in the front row giving enthusiastic feedback. So we thought that we would interview them together

What do you like about choir?
Bree – I like singing and people watching us when we perform.
Charlotte – It’s fun. I like all the different songs and also singing in front of people.

What music do you like when you aren’t at choir?
Bree – I like singing on my own at Church. I like listening to One Direction.
Charlotte – I like listening to Justin Beiber and the Spice Girls.

What other interests do you have?
Bree – I belong to the Salvation Army. I love playing with children, and watching Home and Away on TV. I barrack for Carlton.
Charlotte – I like Home and Away too. I love the Richmond Tigers and sometimes go with a family friend (note the scarf in the photo!). I love walking past all the shops.

Thanks for your time Bree and Charlotte. It is fun to get to know you a bit better.

Robyn James

From the President - Julie Contole

The choir has gratefully received a couple of grants recently. The City of Darebin has provided funds to support our public performances. And we'll be able to buy some very much needed new sound equipment with funds provided by the  Community Bank Branch of the Bendigo Bank. Both Darebin and the Community Bank are long-term supporters of the Choir, and we thank them for all they've done for us over many years.  

The Choir is receiving more and more requests to perform. We aren't able to accept all these invitations, and the committee is discussing our priorities for taking up various offers. We really appreciate the support of families, carers and agencies in helping singers participate in performances outside normal rehearsal times.

Some time ago the committee began looking at options for alternative rehearsal venues that would provide better amenity for the Choir. Despite a widespread search, none of the venues we've examined so far would be an improvement on our current location. Therefore, we won't be changing locations in the near future but will continue to keep an eye out for venues that might be more suitable in future. 

Next Year
Choir will resume after the summer break on Monday 3 February 2020
We are looking forward to commencing preparations for our 10th anniversary celebrations in April.

Fee Reminder 

Invoices for 2019 fees have been sent to the majority of singers or their financial administrators with current email or postal addresses. Fees for 2019 are $150 (pro rata rate if you commenced during the year).

Important: We do have some outstanding unpaid invoices so please check you have paid your fees this year. 

If you have not received an invoice please email us at so we can forward one to you.

NDIS, TAC and other plans
If you are currently developing your NDIS, TAC or other plan, please remember to include the cost of your choir fees and any travel or other costs you might have.


If you – or anyone you know – can make a donation to help the choir continue, there are a few ways to do this:

1. Through the GiveNow website, which accepts credit card payments.

2. Through our website, which has instructions for donating via electronic funds transfer or cheque and a ‘donate’ button using PayPal.

Receipts will be issued. 


We really appreciate your support!


Our Current Major Sponsors

We gratefully acknowledge our major sponsors :–
City of Darebin, Clifton Hill/North Fitzro
y Community Bank® and Fareshare.              


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