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Blackheath Rhododendron Festival


Sabine Erika (President) proudly announces that the 60th Blackheath Rhododendron Festival is ready to build on all our previous  59 Festivals for a fantastic and exciting offering for 2012 – the best yet!

There are several months of activities in this amazing and brilliant slice of life in the Blue Mountains –  come and join us this year:

  • 24th – 26th August.

Choir Festival, Blackheath Community Centre, 6 concerts, $15 or $60 for the weekend. Presbyterian Church, 2 free lunchtime concerts.

  • 29th September – 1 October and 6 October – 5th November.

Campbell Rhododendron Gardens are open for inspection daily each day of the year but on these days, 10 am to 3.30 pm, the Lodge Tearooms serve delicious Devonshire Teas  Click to see video

  • 13th October.

Blackheath Rhododendron Festival High Tea – Glenella Guesthouse 2.30 to 5 pm – $35pp contact Kate 0247878352.

  • 19th October.

Official Opening of the Festival, Crowning of the Princess, New Ivanhoe Hotel, 7pm – $25pp.

  • 26th October – 4th November.

44th Annual Art Show, Blackheath Community Centre.

  • 2nd & 3rd November.

National Roof Bolting and Coal Shovelling Competitions.

  • 3rd November.

Grand Parade at 12.30pm and entertainment– Dinner Dance, Blackheath Golf Club  7pm – $35pp.

Photo Exhibition and refreshments, Uniting Church, 10 am.

  • 3rd – 4th November.

Market Stalls, Street Entertainment, Jazz concerts, CBD Windows Display Competition, Combined Churches Festival of Flowers, Wood Chopping Competition.

  • 4th November.

Musical Service with morning tea, Uniting Church, 10.30 am.

  • 9th – 11th November.

Rhodo Revue, Blackheath Community Centre.

  • 17th November.

Rhodo First and Last Chance Ball, Blackheath Community Centre, 8 pm – $60 pp.

  • 16th November.

Local Composers Concert, New Ivanhoe Hotel, 7.30 pm.

  • 23rd – 25th November.

Weekend Jazz at the Pub, New Ivanhoe Hotel, 7 pm Fri to 9 pm Sunday.

  • 24th November.

Rhodo Festival Golf Classic, Blackheath Golf Club.

General Enquiries:  ph/fax 02 47878695; PO Box 32 Blackheath 2785; PO Box 32 Blackheath 2785; www.rhodofestival.com.au.

All tickets available from Chateau La Belle, 27-29 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath 2785 Ph 02 47875700.

The Blackheath Choir Festival

24th -26th August 2012

A major part of the 60th Rhododendron Festival 2012

This Festival has gone from strength to strength over recent years and this year more than 24 choirs are registered to perform for you over the three days.

2011 attracted local and well renown choirs such as –

The Blackheath Phoenix Choir with the Leura Singers; The Heathens; The Joyful Noise Gospel Choir; The Very Small Choir; The Glenbrook Community Choir; The Sydney Trade Union Choir; Rachel Hore’s BIG-SING; The Linnet Singers; El Coro; Mountain Opera Chorus; The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir; The Mudlarks; The Solidarity Choir; Bel a Capella; The Door in the Wall; Ecopella; The Macquarie University Singers; The Voices from the Vacant Lot; Pacopezants; The Allegri Singers; the Warrimoo Chorale and the Festival Combined Choir.

This year the Festival Combined Choir performance will conclude the weekend under MD William Moxey by singing Mozart, Vaughan-Williams and Borodin – a treat for all.

You will not find a better place to have fun and enjoy a fabulous range of styles, language, culture and beautiful harmonies.  The weekend is uplifting, enjoyable and at times rapturous.  You will see and hear fantastic arrangements.  Have fun with light-hearted moments.  Find yourself singing along with beautiful arrangements and doing it all in the relaxed atmosphere of friendly Blackheath and enjoying all the local hospitalities and comfort there is to offer.

Come and leave your cares and worries behind and fill your head and soul with music.

Sessions are held at the Blackheath Community Centre and the Presbyterian Church and are – Friday 24th: Session 1 – 7.30pm; Saturday 25th: Session 2 – 10.30 am, Session 3 – 3.30 pm, Session 4 – 7.30 pm;  Sunday 26th: Session 5 – 10.30 am, Session 6 – 3.30 pm.

Session Tickets – $15, Weekend Tickets – $60

Go to blackheathchoirfestival.weebly.com.

For further information call 0437255816,Linda McLaughlin on 02 47877274 or email linda@rhodofestival.com.au or go to Rhodofestival.com.au.