Term 2, 2017 is in full swing.

The Willin Wimmin world has been buzzing as always. Last term we performed at the NFFC theme night - "Gone But Not Forgotten - tribute to artists who passed away in 2016, singing Nothing Compares 2U by Prince and joining with ReciproVocal and Newport CC to back up Paisley & Plaid singing Freedom 90 by George Michael. We sang #ICan'tKeepQuiet at the International Womens Day March in Melbourne with many other passionate feminists.

We are well into term 2. We had a most enjoyable afternoon singing in the Williamstown Botanical Gardens for Paint the Gardens. Perfect weather and a lovely appreciative audience. It was great to be singing a full set of our own repertoire again after many side projects. Just yesterday we performed at Yirramboi Festival in Jessie Lloyd's Mission Songs Project at Melbourne Town Hall. How beautiful! There was laughter and tears.

Next we begin preparing for the Newport Folk Festival's Folk To Classical Concert with our buddies from Newport Community Choir. We'll be rehearsing at their venue from May 18, so contact us if you need details to come along. New members still (and always) welcome.

Did you spot our stand at the Louis Joel Community Expo? Thank you to the committee who have been wonderful at making these things happen. They've been extremely busy lately.

Don't forget to find us on Facebook and Instagram!



Term 1, 2017 begins next week.

Wednesday February 1st we return! Wednesday 7:30 at the church hall as always (details on our home page)

Have you all seen the viral video of a flash mob choir at the Washington Women's March, singing "I Can't Keep Quiet"? Well, I can't keep that song out of my head, so we're learning it!

We're continuing to revive "Seven Sisters".

Upcoming events:
We'll hopefully be entering the Newport Fiddle & Folk Club's theme night. Always fun!
We might do something for International Women's Day on March 4, but I'm not sure what that will be. Highly likely "I Can't Keep Quiet" will appear!
More events to come!


This is a mighty busy term for Willin Wimmin.
November 12. Floyd Lodge Open Day, Williamstown.
November 14. Fiona McIntosh book reading at the new Newport Library.
November 24. AsbestosWise Memorial at Deakin Edge, Fed Square.
Please note: We have sadly had to withdraw from Laverton Festival.
December 5. Hope Bereavement Ceremony. Geelong West.
December 7. AGM.
December 14. Our End Of Year Celebration (all women past and present welcome but you'll need to book your place and let Steph know of you plan to contribute to our entertainment).

Term 4, begins October 5, 2016. 
Church of Christ Hall, 124 Douglas Pde, Williamstown. 7:30pm.
All women welcome! 


Community Music Victoria Blog-post.
The lovely Deb Carveth from CMV interviewed our fabulous President, Julie Merritt.

Here it is!



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Celebrating 25 wonderful years Of Willin Wimmin!

Among our many acheivements...

25 years
Over 1000 rehearsals
Over 200 performances
5 Directors 
Over 260 Songs 
Over 250 women!

Were you one of them? 
Willin Wimmin invite all current and former members to join them in celebrating 25 years of giving voice and community to women and spreading the joy to thousands of audience members.
Old photos, music and most importantly, old friends will be there reminiscing about 
performances, guests, projects, shows, collaborations, hit and misses!

Tickets: $11 ($10 + $1 b/f)

South Kingsville Community Centre.  43 Paxton St, South Kingsville.

Catering: BYO food & drink

All WW past and present, family and friends are welcome.

The current members are reviving some songs from years gone by to sing at our big evening on August 20. 
We invite anyone who'd like to be a part of the special term of rehearsals to get in touch. 
Also welcomed for that evening are other entertaining acts. Did you ever have a small group that sprang from you Willin Wimmin time? Time to get the band back together! Or maybe you'd like to do a solo act?


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Welcome back singers! Our first rehearsal for 2015 is Wednesday Feb 4th. Looking forward to hearing what you've been up to over the summer!

We are open for new members of all experience levels. Why not give it a go and come along to see what we do!

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2014 is a transitional year for Willin Wimmin, we know we've been a little quiet, but we've been working with Steph Payne building a new repertoire and holding onto some of the much loved Willin Wimmin previous repertoire (and let's face it, there are a LOT of songs to choose from!). We sang at SingWest and have a few things on the horizon.

All of this means it's a great time to join!


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Performances and Events for 2013

8th March Choir Girl - theatrical production in Melbourne Town Hall (Choir excursion).
9th May -Zonta fundraiser Sweet Charity  Williamstown Musical Theatre
15th May - Vocal Workshop with Geoffrey Baird - Surprise Breath!
14th-16th June - The Baby Show in Geelong. Twelve Willin Wimmin joined in with singers from Geelong to support their shows. Nine Sundays of rehearsing with newcomers in Geelong, tech and Dress rehearsal, a great show and venue, as well as good company for a girls weekend away!
6th July - Newport Folk Festival weekend. Choir Festival with WW lead by Emma Dernelley.
30th August- Gateway Social Bites Luncheon in Kingsville. A community luncheon which aims to give a social outlet with lunch for isolated people. WW provided and hour of entertainment which included line dancing, ukeleles, classical cello/piano, choir songs and join in songs. Lots of fun was had by choir and audience!
9th November - Floyd Lodge Open Garden - choir lead by Julie Merrit
10th November- Victorian Women's Trust Julia Gillard Credit Where Credit's Due Melbourn Town Hall. Some WW sang with 300+ women. The Town Hall was sold out with many support's of Julia Gillard. 
27th November - Choir Annual Dinner held at Ragusa in Williamstown. Wonderful self-entertainment by individuals and small groups. Great food, cake and company.
29th November - Asbestoswise Memorial Service - Deakin Edge Theatre, Federation Sq.
4th December - Federation Square Choir Festival 
TTFO/Swansong - Some WW involved with this production which was written by Peta Murray. This is a follow on from last year's launch in the Victorian State Library.

Performances for 2012 

APRIL: Sat 28th, Hobsons Bay Festival - Lantern Parade (Rotunda)

MAY: Sat 5th, KWAYA Fundraising Dinner - Harambe

JULY: Sun 8th, Newport Folk Festival - Substation

Thurs 26th -The Baby Show - Newport Substation, Castlemaine,Gasworks and Warburton (Total of eight shows).

SEPTEMBER: Sun 23rd Zonta fundraiser concert

OCTOBER: Fri 9th, Photo shoot for local paper

Thurs 11th “Things That Fall Over” Launch- Vic State Library

Thurs 25th Victorian Government Official Adoption Apology - Parliament House and The Windsor Hotel. 

NOVEMBER: Sat 3rd, TTFO Creative Development showing

Sat 10th, Floyd Lodge Open Garden

Wed 28th, 21st Anniversary Dinner@ Ragusa

DECEMBER: Sat 1st , ARMS 30th Anniversary- Queen Vic Women’s Centre

Wed12th, Federation Sq - Festive Harmonies

Sat 22nd, Carols inYarraville Gardens  



Saturday 12th Nov 2011 - Floyd Lodge Open Garden Day
Choir to sing at 1pm.
Tuesday 15th Nov 2011 - Big Sing MASSIVE Hip Hop
Over 200 singers (including Willin Wimmin) in the West have been learning three songs to sing with the Hip Hop group - MASSIVE. This event is part of the Big West festival in Footscray. 
Further information: www.bigwest.com.au

Friday 18th Nov 2011 - Beatles Open stage night 7pm
Newport Folk and Fiddle Club are hosting an evening of Beatles songs at Newport Bowling Club. Willin Wimmin will be singing Penny Lane and Blackbird. Also a few smaller groups have formed to sing together. 
Further information: www.nffc.org.au

Friday 25th Nov 2011 - ADSVIC Memorial Service

This is the Annual Memorial Service held for Asbestos and related diseases suffers and their family and friends. Willin Wimmin, Newport Community Choir, Victorian Trades Union Choir and Kensington choir members will sing in the BMW Edge Theatre, Federation Square. The service is open to the public and begins at 11am. At the end of the service there is a barbeque by the Yarra River.
Further information: www.adsvic.org.au

Saturday 3rd Dec 2011 - 20th Anniversary Party for Willin Wimmin

Celebration for current and past members. Bronwen Barton, our original leader will be coming. Also, some of the original group will sing for us along with newly formed small groups within the choir. A selection of songs from our repertoire covering the 20 years will be sung by choir. Willin Wimmin know how to party!

Venue: Newport Senior Citizens Hall

Wednesday 14th Dec 2011 - Choirs in Federation Square

Choir to sing in Federation Square from 6- 7pm.

Wednesday 21st Dec 2011 - Church of Christ Christmas Festival

Our rehearsal venue in the hall of the Church of Christ has a Festival during the week leading up to Christmas. 




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