Formally, we are Willin Wimmin Inc.
Willin Wimmin is a women’s community choir based in Williamstown.
We believe singing is for everyone and through song, we support women and social justice within the community.
The choir was formed in 1991, so we've been singing for over 25 years.
Willin Wimmin has been directed by Steph Payne since 2015.
International Women's Day
Cherry Lake 2020
Willin Wimmin rehearsing Term 1 2021 safely outside at the rotunda at Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown
Become involved with a supportive and welcoming group of women who sing with heart. We welcome anyone who identifies as a woman. No auditions, singing experience or music background necessary - just a good sense of humour.
We sing a range of songs, mainly a cappella from various genres. World, folk, choral and contemporary. We celebrate cultural diversity.
Willin Wimmin value musicians and their copyright so we are holders of a Music for Community Groups - APRA and AMCOS License from One Music.
Willin Wimmin Inc. Committee
Currently the committee consists of:
President - Margaret Knight (Assistant Director, Music Librarian)
Vice President - Helene Kuoppa
Treasurer - Lizz Lethlean
Secretary - Barbara Beaumont
General - Susan Cross
General - Robin Zakharov (Gig Coordinator)
General - Sue Neale
Where We've Performed
Over the years we have sung at many political, sport, art, health and women’s issues events which took us to a variety of venues such as:
National Art Gallery of Victoria
Deakin Edge Theatre (formally BMW)
Melbourne Recital Centre
Melbourne Town Hall
The Windsor Hotel
Fairlea Women’s Prison
Maribyrnong Detention Centre
Community issues and events are always at the forefront of our philosophy. Some of the many places we have sung for:
VWT Credit Where Credit's Due - Julia Gillard 2013
ARMSVic-Assoc of Relinquishing Mothers (Official Vic government apology) armsvic.org.au
Floyd Lodge Open Garden Annual events
Zonta National conference 2011
VIEW Victoria conference 2010
National Women in Construction Awards
10th Anniversary of Women’s Studies at Latrobe University
Women’s Lacrose Championship
‘Spot On Joan’ Concert - Joan Kirner was our Patron
AsbestosWise Annual Memorials at BMW Edge in Federation Square.
Donna Jackson's book launch of Art for Social Change at Williamstown Literary Festival 2016 with Newport Community Choir and the Trade Union Choir.
Hope Bereavement Ceremony 2016, for families greiving children who have passed away.
Commonwealth Games Baton Relay - Williamstown 2018.
Hobsons Bay Sings - 16 days of Activism. Williamstown Town Hall. Massed choir directed by Jane York. December 2019.
Individuals have also performed in theatrical productions and mass singing events:
DUST - A musical about Asbestos written and The Baby Show, both written and produced by Donna Jackson. http://www.hubcapproductions.com.au
TTFO/Swansong written by Peta Murray. This is a continuing production. Further info see: http://thingsthatfallover.wordpress.com
Love and Justice -The women's anthem to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Women in Victoria gaining the right to vote. Anthem written by Kavesha Mazzella
Melbourne Millennium Chorus
MASSIVE Big Sing - Hip Hop with over 200 fellow choristers
Newport Folk Festival - Folk to Classical concert with Newport Community Choir singing Vivaldi's Gloria and Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus.
Jessie Lloyd's Mission Songs Project, 2017 at Melb Town Hall as part of Yirramboi Festival.
We have, very importantly, also just sung for each other, in times of sadness, joy, longing, celebration and always with love.