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Kyneton Singing

Kyneton, Victoria, Australia

Saturday, March 9, 2019

The inaugural Kyneton All-Day Singing was held at St. Andrews Uniting Church, Kyneton. Natalie Sims taught an introductory singing school, focusing on the basics of Sacred Harp, including notation and leading, and then describing how an all-day singing works.

In a business session the following officers appointed to serve: Chairman—Lauren Reader; Secretary—Melanie Albrecht; Chaplain—Peter Rayner; Arranging Officer—Ruth McNamara; Treasurer—Shawn Whelan.

The class was called to order by Lauren Reader leading 448b. Peter Rayner offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Natalie Sims 122; Shawn Whelan 49t; Melanie Albrecht 48b; Elaena Gardner 34b; Ruth McNamara 31t; Dan Whelan 42; Myfanwy Godfrey 146; Caitlin Jay 72b; Don Warren 425; Peter Rayner 155; Lauren Reader 344; Natalie Sims 138t; Shawn Whelan 85; Melanie Albrecht 481.


The class was brought back to order by Ruth McNamara leading 89. Leaders: Elaena Gardner 63; Myfanwy Godfrey 288; Caitlin Jay 106; Don Warren 39t; Peter Rayner 84; Lauren Reader 472; Natalie Sims 362; Shawn Whelan 376; Melanie Albrecht 278t; Elaena Gardner 47b; Myfanwy Godfrey 49b; Caitlin Jay 47t; Don Warren 36b; Peter Rayner 350; Lauren Reader 460. Peter Rayner asked a blessing before the noon meal.


The class was brought back to order by Natalie Sims leading 128. Leaders: Shawn Whelan 436; Melanie Albrecht 457; Elaena Gardner 455.

Peter Rayner conducted the memorial lesson. The following deceased were remembered and honored: Mary Bowler, Teddy Lodge, and Kate’s nephew. The following sick and shut-ins were named: Kathy and David. Lauren Reader led 70t.

Leaders: Myfanwy Godfrey 277; Dan Whelan 268; Ruth McNamara 56b; Caitlin Jay 126; Don Warren 569b; Peter Rayner 66; Lauren Reader 99; Natalie Sims 112; Shawn Whelan 532; Melanie Albrecht 430.


The class was brought back to order by Maggie Murphy leading 86. Leaders: Dan Whelan 320; Caitlin Jay 372; Don Warren 230; Peter Rayner 183; Natalie Sims 475; Shawn Whelan 276. The Sydneysiders Caitlin Jay and Elaena Gardner led 474.

In a brief business session, the chairman thanked all those who attended the all-day singing and contributed to its success, including those who had traveled from interstate to attend. Thanks, were expressed to the office bearers, and to all those who had helped coordinate food and refreshments. The Treasurer reported that all costs had been covered, with a small surplus which would be put towards next year’s Kyneton singing. The Secretary reported that twelve leaders from two Australian states led fifty-five songs.

Announcements were made, and it was resolved to gather again next year in Kyneton on the Saturday of the Labour Day long weekend (March 7, 2020) to reconvene the Kyneton All-Day Singing.

Lauren Reader led 62 as the closing song. Peter Rayner offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Lauren Reader; Secretary—Melanie Albrecht