As usual we presented three concerts which were all well received by our faithful and enthusiastic audiences.
During 2011 we will break some new ground by putting on a joint concert with the Kapiti Concert Orchestra. This will be in August in the Waikanae Memorial Hall. Preliminary planning for this is underway. It will be organised by a joint committee.
Concert Venues: With our sell-out presentation of Messiah last year the question of concert venues on the Kapiti Coast was again raised and we will continue to seek alternatives. Our second concert this year, with the Kapiti Concert Orchestra, in the Waikanae Memorial Hall will give us more of an appreciation of how suitable this venue might be.
Waikanae Law - Sponsorship of advertising:
I acknowledge and thank Waikanae Law for their sponsorship of concert advertising.
Choir members may not all appreciate the work carried out by the committee. My thanks, and those of the whole choir, to all committee members. Julie and husband Mike, as treasurer and setting up new financial systems.
Without an elected secretary, Janie has picked up many of the secretary's tasks including producing newsletters, while Prue took over the job of preparing agendas for our meetings as well as taking the minutes and continuing with the responsibility for ticket sales.
Kim deserves special mention - she arrives early (very early!) to every practice and sets out all the chairs so that we come in with everything set-up - she is then the last to leave and lock up again - thank you Kim.
Vivien continues to produce our brilliant concert programmes, flyers, posters and tickets.
Not only has Ruth so ably taken up the reigns as Music Librarian but has also prepared publicity.
Daphne continues to keep track of us all with the attendance roll ably assisted by Isobel.
Bruce felt he had to drop off the committee during the year but continued to liaise with the church over our schedule, organised for the repair of our piano, and looked after the sale of practice CDs, again assisted by Isobel.
Of course no choir can exist without a Music Director so a big vote of thanks to Marie for her dedication to the task of assembling interesting programmes, and inspiring us with her enthusiasm - thank you Marie.
Our thanks too to Ellen and her rare expertise in accompanying our practices, helping with our voice exercises and taking the odd sectional practice.
Others, outside the committee, include Pat as concert manager and set-up specialist for our concerts in the church, and Neil for looking after our sound equipment.
I now step down as president and from the committee but will continue to give my help as support as required - after all that is only an email away. It is my view that, in particular, the president and secretary should be changed regularly so as not to burn willing people out.
My best wishes to the incoming committee, the talent in that committee will, I know, serve the Chorale well.