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CBQ Singers 2018

Carols by Queerlight returns to the St Kilda Town Hall in 2018, and the Melbourne Rainbow Band is putting out an invitation to choristers from everywhere to join the occasional choir: The CbQ Singers.

A special choir will be formed to lead community singing and expressions of interest are invited from experienced choristers who read music and will be able to perform with minimal rehearsal time.

Rehearsal and performance dates:

Sunday 18 November
Positive Living Centre
Choir rehearsal: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Thursday 29 November
Prahran RSL
Rehearsal with band: 7.30pm – 10.00pm 
Sunday 9 December
Positive Living Centre
Choir rehearsal: 4.30pm – 6.00pm 
Thursday 13 December
Prahran RSL
Rehearsal with band: 7.30pm – 10.00pm 
Saturday 15 December
St Kilda Town Hall
Performance Day: 3:30pm sound check
7:30pm performance

 

If you are interested, please email your name, voice part and contact phone number to the choir convener: jeremy.fletcher1@icloud.com or join the Facebook group The CBQ Singers.

City of Yarra – Carols by Candlelight 2018

The MRB is absolutely thrilled to be part of the City of Yarra Carols by Candlelight concert this year!

When: Thursday 6 December 2018, from 6.00 pm
Where: Citizens Park, Richmond (Corner Highett and Church Streets.)

Bring the whole family along to this FREE festive celebration. The concert will also feature performances by school, community and national choir groups and orchestras.  And of course, a special appearance by Father Christmas!

Food, drink, songbooks and candles will be available for purchase, or BYO picnic (no glass).

For more info visit the City of Yarra website here.

Picnic at Forest Glade – 26 January 2019

Enjoy a picnic in the beautiful gardens at Forest Glade, Mount Macedon with other members of Melbourne’s gender and sexually diverse community.

Forest Glade (4)Pack a picnic rug and go all out with your most gourmet of picnic hampers and enjoy lunch in one of Australia’s finest private gardens, only an hour from Melbourne.

GLIBTQ car club, Motafrenz will be there with some cars on display. And the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus and the Melbourne Rainbow Band will be adding a musical touch while you take leisurely strolls through the fourteen acres of magnificent landscaped gardens.

Located on Mount Macedon Road, gates will be open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday January 26. Entry is $10 for adults and kids are free. Proceeds go towards supporting the Chorus and the Band.

In order to keep these spectacular gardens looking just so, BBQs and pets are not permitted.

Sunscreen, good food, good company and a designated driver are highly recommended.

Date/Time: Saturday 26 January 2019 – 10am to 4pmForest Glade (2)
Venue: Forest Glade Gardens
816 Mount Macedon Road, Mount Macedon
Cost: $10 Adult – Children under 16, Free

Getting there:
Driving from Melbourne, follow the Calder Freeway and take exit C322 to Mt Macedon. Once you are off the freeway follow Mt Macedon Road toward MOUNT Macedon (as opposed to Macedon). After driving through Mt Macedon, Forest Glade is on the right hand side – look for the rainbow flags and be sure to park safely and clear of the white line on the side of the road.

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Pride March 2019

On Sunday 3 February 2019, the MRB, along with the members of Melbourne’s GLBTI communities will take to the street to show our pride!

Pride March 2014Give us a cheer and a clap as you see us pass down Fitzroy Street, your enthusiastic support makes the long walk that much easier. Or even better, join us! Each year the MRB invites fmily and friends to wave a huge rainbow flag, or carry a banner in our colour guard. It’s a fun and very visible way to join in Pride March & support us as we play. For more information or to take part, email info@mrb.org.au.

Carols by Queerlight 2017

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The Melbourne Rainbow Band is delighted to announce that Carols by Queerlight returns to the St Kilda Town Hall in 2017.  Presented by the Melbourne Rainbow Band with the support of the City of Port Phillip and the Victorian AIDS Council. Music, singing, and spectacle – join with us in celebrating all the fun and fabulousness of the festive season.

Directed by Tracy Videon and featuring the Melbourne Rainbow Band with guest artists including Rachel Dunham and Don Winsor, as well as a special choir – The CbQ Singers – which will be formed to lead community singing.

Guests are welcome to bring their own snacks.  Drinks and alcohol can be purchased at the venue though, so no BYO drinks, please.
We are pleased to be able to offer cheese platters for your nibbling pleasure.  Pre-orders of platters has closed, however we will have some extras available for sale on the night.

Saturday, 16 December 2017 @ 7:30pm (doors open 6:30pm)

St. Kilda Town Hall

Corner of Carlisle Street and Brighton Road, St Kilda

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Tickets start from $15 for adults and $8 for children* and are available now via TryBooking.com

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 *Ticket prices start at $15 for adults and $8 for children based on D Reserve.

View a copy of the seating plan here

 

Human; Nature

The members of the Melbourne Rainbow Band (MRB) would like to invite you to join them as, through music, they explore the power of nature and humanity.  Under the baton of Musical Director Tracy Videon, the band will uncover the relationship of human nature to the beauty and power of the natural world.

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From conquering the skies with Richard Saucedo’s “Into the Clouds”, to the menacing power of the ocean with John Mackey’s “Undertow”, the first half covers a whole spectrum of nature’s wonders.

In the second half, the Band will turn its attention to various facets of human nature.  “The Brave”, by Melbourne composer Brian Hogg is inspired by the efforts of Scottish and Irish settlers.  Representing love, the MRB is pleased to premier a new Concertino for Flute and Wind Band by composer Peter Yi-Jen Cheng, based on popular Thai love songs and featuring Sunny Maneesuwan on flute.

The MRB will also be joined by members of the LOW REZ Male Choir in what is sure to be a fantastic evening of music.

Saturday, May 27 @ 7:30pm

Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre
Corner of Bell St & St Georges Rd
Preston

Tickets are $25* (online and at the door). 

Be sure to book online to get the early bird discount ($20*) up to a week before!
$20 Concession (at the door only)

*Booking fees apply for online sales

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Open Rehearsal 2017

Melbourne Rainbow Band invites new members.
Fresh from performing at Midsumma Carnival and Pride March, the Melbourne Rainbow Band is holding an open rehearsal. While new members are welcome at any time, the open rehearsal provides a great opportunity for players of woodwind, brass or percussion instruments who may be interested in becoming a member of the Melbourne Rainbow Band to sit in on rehearsal and meet the band.
Membership of the band is open to people of almost any musical skill level, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. “We welcome members of all sexualities and social backgrounds, in fact we are proud that we have a number of members who are heterosexual” MRB President Ben Boreham said. “The really wonderful thing about the Melbourne Rainbow Band is that while it may be our sexuality that brings us together it is our love of music and community involvement that keeps us unified”.
The Band endeavors to cater to a wide variety of musical abilities and its members range in skill, from a basic ability to read music to professional musicians and educators. A scholarship is awarded annually within the band to encourage members who are developing their music skills.
The open rehearsal will be held in Windsor at the Will Sampson Centre, Henry Street on Thursday 21st February 2013. For more information, visit www.mrb.org.au or email membership@mrb.org.au

The Melbourne Rainbow Band is holding an open rehearsal!


While new members are welcome at any time, the open rehearsal provides a great opportunity for players of woodwind, brass or percussion instruments who may be interested in becoming a member of the Melbourne Rainbow Band to sit in on rehearsal and meet the band.

Membership of the band is open to people of almost any musical skill level, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Band endeavors to cater to a wide variety of musical abilities and its members range in skill, from a basic ability to read music to professional musicians and educators. A scholarship is awarded annually within the band to encourage members who are developing their music skills.

The open rehearsal will be held in Windsor at the Will Sampson Centre, Henry Street on Thursday 16th February 2017.

For more information email membership@mrb.org.au

7:30pm – Thursday 16 February 2017
Will Sampson Community Centre
Henry Street, Windsor (Melways Ref 2P G2) Parking available on Union Street

Concert proceeds presented to VAC / PLC

Thank you to all who attended and supported our recent concert, ‘For Weddings and A Funeral’.  Other than being a lot of fun the concert raised $2072.05 for the Positive Living Centre (PLC) in Prahran.

The MRB is so pleased to have been able to collaborate with Saint John’s in Malvern East once again, and to support the PLC in providing a vibrant and safe environment for all people living with HIV. The PLC’s main aim is to enhance the health and well-being of HIV positive people, through the provision of social, emotional, recreational, and skills-based services and activities. Many services are provided free-of-charge and are delivered by a range of skilled facilitators, staff, and volunteers.

for-weddings-vac-plc-big-cheque-2Photos here show Marc (MRB President) and Norma (a parishioner and volunteer at St Johns) presenting an oversized cheque to John Hall (Partnerships Manager VAC) and Alex Nikolovski (PLC Coordinator).

 

We’d also like to thank Father John Baldock of Saint Johns, Commercial Road Accounting and Minh Minh for their assistance and generosity.

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Grace Gives Sponsorship

The Melbourne Rainbow Band is absolutely thrilled to have recently been the recipient of a grant from Grace Removals Group.GraceGives_Logo_RGB

Through the Grace Gives program, Grace provides support to community groups and charities that Grace team members are active within.  With one of our own members being an employee of Grace the MRB was lucky enough to be chosen for a grant of $1,000 in June 2016.

These much needed funds will be used to purchase new equipment for the MRB, and in particular a set of brand new music stands.

 

Grace Removals’ Alex Anderson (Branch Manager – Melbourne) presenting a really big cheque to Marc Zanin (MRB President) and Pramote Kothanakul (MRB committee member).

Winter Rehearsals

The Melbourne Rainbow Band winter rehearsals!

New members are always welcome at any time and with winter set in, now is the time to come to a rehearsal.

The MRB provides a great opportunity for players of woodwind, brass or percussion instruments who are interested in community music making, with the view to becoming a member of the Melbourne Rainbow Band. You can sit in on rehearsal and meet the band.

Membership of the band is open to people of almost any musical skill level, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Band endeavors to cater to a wide variety of musical abilities and its members range in skill, from a basic ability to read music to professional musicians and educators. A scholarship is awarded annually within the band to encourage members who are developing their music skills.

Rehearsals are held weekly in Windsor at the Will Sampson Centre, Henry Street on Thursdays.

For more information email membership@mrb.org.au

7:30pm – Thursday’s
Will Sampson Community Centre
Henry Street, Windsor (Melways Ref 2P G2) Parking available on Union Street