Our first gig for 2016 was one very dear to our hearts as it was the wedding of choir member Maureen to her dashing partner Mark. The beautiful ceremony was held at Banjo Paterson's Cottage in Gladesville.
The blushing bride and equally blushing Bees
The Bees performing in Kiama and the very appreciative crowd
In mid-March the Bees travelled down the coast to take part in the Kiama Jazz & Blues Festival. Together with The Parson Sons Plus Gospel Band, we performed at the Sunday morning Gospel Jazz Service with a set of 9 songs including I Am Ready, Trouble of this World & a rousing encore of How I Got Over. Of particular note was the fantastically involved audience who did not hold back on joining in and showing their apprecaition. One of the organisers posted the following in our guest book : "Wow! Thank you so much for such a beautiful celebration in song today at The Kiama Jazz Festival. The harmonies were exquisite and the soloists were so uplifting. I have had so many amazing comments about the performance."
Steve conducting at Vanessa's Ordination
Early June saw a first for The Bees - an ordination! We were delighted to perform at Vanessa's Ordination Ceremony at the Koean Community Uniting Church in Lindfield. On a very stormy, wet and wild day in Sydney, we performed a number of songs that Vanessa chose, incluing Oh! Happy Day, Never Let Go My Hand & How I Got Over. Vanessa enthused "... Words cannot express my gratitude for what you did at my ordination. Thank you all so much...".
Our June Winter SOULstice was once again held at St John's Anglican Church, Darlinghurst. This year we raised over $2,100 for OzHarvest, a charity that collects unwanted food from commercial outlets and delivers to to over 800 charities for distribution. On a rainy winter's day and in front of 120 hardy souls The Bee's dusted off a couple of old favourites, such as Didn't It Rain & Change in My Life, and performed a brand new number (Save Me Some Grace.)
Winter SoulStice 2016 at St John's Church, Darlinghurst
Late July saw a number of Bees travel to Taree to hold a workshop and perform at a fundraising concert for the Manning Valley Push for Palliative Care group. We held a workshop with about 20 locals during the day and performed in front of about 70 people that evening. A great time was had for a great cause. Thanls to ex-Bee Judy for organising.
A special evening was held on Friday 16th of September for The Bees to celebrate our 20th birthday and to laucnh our first CD - Milk & Honey. We hired The Camelot Lounge in Marrickville and about 90 Bees and ex Bees came along to help us celebrate this milestone. The evening held a few audio visual treats, two sets, a bit of dancing and lots of laughter and reflection on the history of this great group of people - past & present.
Bees' 20th birthday bash at the Camelot Lounge, Marrickville