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R e h e a r s a l s


Rehearsal Venue:              

St. Columbs Anglican Church

5 St. Columbs St, Hawthorn

Off-street parking at the rear of church via Patterson St.


Rehearsal Dates and times - 2024

All rehearsals at St. Columbs

  • Tuesday nights: 

    • 7:15 - 7:25pm check-in

    • 7:30pm rehearsal start

    • 9:30pm rehearsal finish

  • Occasionally Saturday mornings (10:30am - 12 noon)

  • Friday dress rehearsal September 13th at James Tatoulis

  • Concert 5pm Sat Sep 14, James Tatoulis, MLC, Kew.

​Repertoire:  Rossini's  Petite Messe Solennelle

Summary of key Covid-Safe Arrangements

   (Check your emails for the latest version!)

1. Victoria Chorale follows the recommendations of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI). This risk management helps protect both choristers and our accompanists and minimises the risk of Covid related absences disrupting our concerts.  ATAGI released its 2024 advice on Covid boosters on 1 March 2024.  ATAGI is recommending that:

  • persons aged 75 and over should have a booster every 6 months

  • persons aged 65 to 74 have a booster every 12 months (with a more frequent booster every 6 months based on risk/benefit assessment with your doctor)

  • persons aged under 65, consider a booster every 12 months.

Based on this advice, our expectation is that every chorister should have had at least one booster vaccination during 2023 and that for the relevant age group above, have a further booster (or boosters) during 2024 within the time frames listed since your last 2023 booster shot.  This is, of course, always subject to the advice of your GP/treating clinician.  Link to ATAGI diagram.

2. Wearing of masks while singing at rehearsals is optional. Choristers who prefer not wearing a mask are entitled to do so, as this unquestionably makes it easier to sing.  Other choristers still wish to wear masks and they are also entitled to do so.  As we get close to the concert, Mario will advise when wearing a mask during singing is no longer appropriate due to the impact masks have on the quality of our singing. 

3. You must not attend if you have any respiratory or other Covid symptoms such as fever, runny nose, sore throat, cough, chills, shortness of breath or loss of sense of smell.

4. If you test Covid positive or are a close contact (household, workplace or social setting) of someone with Covid, you must not attend rehearsals until you are out of your infectious period (generally the later of cessation of symptoms or 5 days after testing +ve).

Rehearsal files for Concert #2 2024

Rossini - Petite Messe Solennelle

Scores - available at rehearsal.

- Performance

    There are lots of performances online for two pianos and harmonium.

- Anne Nelson has compiled a list of chorus only sections on Spotify:

    You need to be on Spotify, but they have free membership with ads.

    You might also get a warning about the app, which you should be able to ignore.

Programs for display of PDF's in tablets:

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Concert #2, 2024

  • Please pay fees by Fri May 24th via this link:

  • Tues May 21 - NO REHEARSAL

  • Tues May 28

  • Tues Jun 4

  • Tues Jun 11

  • Tues Jun 18

  • Tues Jun 25

  • Tues Jul 2

  • Tues Jul 9

  • Tues Jul 16

  • Tues Jul 23

  • Tues Jul 30

  • Tues Aug 6
  • Tues Aug 13
  • Tues Aug 20

  • Tues Aug 27

  • Tues Sep 3

Tues Sep 10th,  6:45pm arrival for rehearsal with orchestra at Christ Church, 2 Denham St, Hawthorn - see map below.  Bring your own snack and drink for a break around 8:30.  Rehearsal ends at 10:00pm.

Fri Sep 13 – Dress rehearsal at James Tatoulis Auditorium, (MLC) 207 Barkers Road, Kew.

  • 5:00pm – Bump-in and re-arrange seating.

  • 6:30pm – Choir arrive early to start on time.

  • 7:00pm – Rehearsal.

  • 8:30pm – Break.  Bring your own snack and drink. 

  • 10:00pm – Choir finish, bump out not required - leave chairs

Sat Sap 14 – Concert at James Tatoulis

  • 2:30pm – Choir arrives.

  • 3:00pm – Warm up / sound check.

  • 4:00pm – BYO drink or snack.

  • 4:45pm – Line up to enter.

  • 5:00pm – Concert - (with 20 minutes interval - TBC)

  • 6:30pm – Approx. - Bump out.

  • After Party – to be announced

Sound advice if you put off practicing can be found here!
Playing different types of music files:

  • mp3 can be played directly, or downloaded and copied to other devices.

  • midi files (.mid) can be played directly, but will usually sound awful.  You can obtain players for them that allow you to change the instruments used, the volume of each instrument, and the playback tempo.  


ChoirPro's Sonja is a good player for IPad's.   This link shows how to install.


  • Sibelius scorch files require a player that is available on Windows, Mac OSX.


Scorch player download.


Sometimes we rehearse with the orchestra at Christ Church Hall, Hawthorn:

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