Post Lockdown Update
Willin Wimmin are planning our return to in-person rehearsals in Term 1 of 2022. In the mean time we continue Term 4 on Zoom.
We want to help members who haven't been participating online re-connect and prepare for their return.
We've voted on a selection of the newer songs to focus on (as we have learnt a lot of new songs while in lockdowns), have tidied up our dropbox folders to make it clear what is considered the current repertoire to practice. We have had a social, non-singing meet up just to catch up and it was really lovely to see everyone. We also met a few of our newer members that we've only ever met online before. It was a great evening at the Rising Sun Hotel, Williamstown.
Our usual end-of-year celebration will also be happening in December.
We'd love to hear from anyone thinking of returning. Is there any way we can support you in doing that?
Welcome back! Term 2 starts 21 April 2021.
Willin Wimmin are pleased to say, we are now meeting back at our usual venue at the Church Of Christ Hall, with strict Covid19 precautions in place. It is just wonderful to be together and experiencing the magic of singing harmonies again.
From March - December 2020, we met weekly on Zoom and managed to maintain contact and support with most of our members. We learnt many new songs, practicing them along with pre-recorded tracks, we played "Who's baby photo is this?", we danced to disco hits and did all we could to keep routines in place and keep in touch with each other.
Term 1 2021 was spent together rehearsing in the Rotunda at Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown and that was quite lovely. We were pretty lucky with the weather and it was a really special time that we'll remember fondly, despite the circumstances that sent us there. We even performed at Yarraville Festival 2021, where we debuted 3 new songs learnt in lockdown as well us some of our favourite Willin Wimmin songs.
After 2 weeks off for the school holidays we will return for Term 2 on the 21st of April.
We are actively looking for new members!
Please get in touch if you're interested. Email: email@example.com
Former members are very welcome to return too! We'd be delighted to catch up and sing with you again.
Join us Wednesday 27 November for a workshop
The wonderful Jane York who runs the Big Feminist Sing is a guest presenter at choir this Wednesday. She'll be teaching two songs that we will all sing
together at Hobsons Bay Sings on the 10th of December at Williamstown Town Hall.
Part of 16 Days Of Activism, this event is put together by the City of Hobson's Bay and everyone of all genders invited to participate.
See you at the hall at the Church Of Christ, Cnr Douglas Parade and John St, Williamstown on at 7:30pm this Wednesday.
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Term Begins Wednesday 6 February. New members are welcome.
Willin Wimmin welcomes all women, regardless of experience levels. We do not hold auditions and we support new people with plenty of learning material, both written and recorded. We do use sheet music but do not expect you to be able to read it.
This term we are starting a Brazilian song, a song by Australia's Tiddas and revisiting a song by Sweet Honey In The Rock.
Performances in the pipeline are few, just the Newport Fiddle and Folk Club's upcoming Theme Night on Friday 15 March.
If you think our gorgeous bunch might be just what your event needs, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss it.
Welcome back for 2018! We are open for new members!
Welcome back to another exciting year of our beautiful choir.
We will be performing soon at the Commonwealth Games Baton Relay and Yarraville Festival. Do look out for us.
This term we will be learning parts to Shining On, the beautiful song written by our own Lizz Lethlean. We are so proud of your songwriting and solo performing Lizz! We also have some other new songs to learn. A swing number and an African song. It's a great time to join us. We invite all women, regardless of singing experience, to come along and see what we do and if you think we're the choir for you. We provide the learning materials, fellowship and fun.
You may notice the new look Willin Wimmin logo. The wonderful Megan Slattery, former member (and therefore forever one of us), designed it. Thanks Megan, we love it!
The last term of 2017 was a busy one with the AGM, performing and events. We had a fabulous time at our annual end of year function in December. We ate, we drank, we sang, we laughed, we entertained each other. What more could we want? So lovely to have so many former members share those nights with us.
Hope to see you, sing for you or sing with you soon.
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".
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!
Celebrating 25 wonderful years Of Willin Wimmin!
Among our many acheivements...
Over 1000 rehearsals
Over 200 performances
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)
Saturday 20th August, 6-10pm
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?
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!
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!
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.