VICTORIAN TRADE UNION CHOIR

VICTORIAN TRADE UNION CHOIR

Information current as at FEBRUARY 2014

 

CONTACT DETAILS

PO BOX 79, CARLTON SOUTH VIC 3053

Rodger Smith, Contact Person, 0438 302 061

Choir's Email Address: rsm88535@bigpond.net.au

Choir's Website: home.vicnet.net.au/~vtuc/

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DETAILS ABOUT THE CHOIR

Vision statement / Artistic goals: To encourage trade union membership and to promote and celebrate the philosophy of trade unionism and social justice through song; to maintain and develop the rich tradition of songs of progressive labour and social movements, both past and present, Australian and international; to participate in the development of a vital trade union culture by sharing songs, skills and resources with other progressive choirs and musicians; to perform in public, particularly for trade unions and other progressive social groups

Voice type: SATB

Choir performs: Unaccompanied

Year Choir formed: 1990

No. of Singing Members - Currently: 25 Desired: no limit

Musical Repertoire: Traditional and contemporary songs of struggle and protest, songs of progressive social movements, union songs, women's songs, international songs of struggle, environment songs

Musical Director: Michael Roper

No. of years in current post: since 1993

Previous musical experience: Michael is a jazz and community musician and music teacher of 35 years experience

Choir's past collaborations with other musical groups: Melbourne Workers Theatre, other trade union and progressive choirs

 

JOINING REQUIREMENTS

Audition: No, however you need to be a member of a relevant trade union if employed, or to have been a trade union member when employed

Minimum Attendance policy - Rehearsals: Yes Concerts: No

Membership Fees: $300 voluntary levy p.a. (members are not excluded from the choir if they cannot afford the levy)

Ability to read music: Not necessary

Sight-reading ability: Not necessary

 

REHEARSAL ARRANGEMENTS

Av. No. of rehearsals/week: 1

Usual rehearsal night(s): Thursday

Suburb: Carlton South

Rehearsal venue: Victorian Trades Hall

Off-street parking: No

 

PERFORMANCES

Performance Apparel: Black clothes with a splash of pillar box red

Av. No. of Concert Programs/year: 1

Av. No. of Performances/year: 12

Sample of the Choir's past Concert Venues: Victorian Trades Hall, Scienceworks, National Gallery of Victoria, State Museum of Victoria, Williamstown Town Hall, Darebin Music Feast, picket lines, rallies, National Folk Festival

Examples of musical pieces performed: "Songs and Stories of Solidarity", a show on the history of the Victorian Trade Union Choir to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Choir; 40th anniversary of the election of the Whitlam government, Commemoration service for the victims of asbestos related diseases

Touring: Yes - Melbourne Metro Area/Regional Victoria/Interstate/Overseas

 

CHOIR'S ADMINISTRATION

Administration / Governance arrangements for the Choir: Committee of Management

Types of Committees: as above

 

MUSIC LIBRARY

Own collection of music scores: Yes

Available for hire to other groups: Yes

Hiring fees apply: No

 

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