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December 13th, 2017
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Welcome to the website of the Goulburn Valley Concert Orchestra and Sheppstrings! Rehearsals at Shep High School Thursdays during term time 7-9 pm. Contact Wendy Oakes, director and conductor. email - oakeswendy@gmail.com or Phil Oakes, manager - email - oakes.phil.m@edumail.vic.gov.au

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Wendy Oakes thanking and farewelling Cindy Abbey Wendy Oakes thanking and farewelling Cindy Abbey

Wendy officially introducing Kerry Gawne as the person dealing with sponsors and patrons next year, replacing Cindy Abbey, who is, sadly, leaving us
Wendy officially introducing Kerry Gawne as the person dealing with sponsors and patrons next year, replacing Cindy Abbey, who is, sadly, leaving us

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Upcoming birthdays
 :-) December 13th - Sam turning 32  :-) December 15th - Aimee turning 25
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Latest News
news item picture Rodney Retirement Village concert 26th Nov 2017
A performance of chamber music at Rodney retirement Village, Mooroopna, at 11.00 AM, before the concert for patrons and sponsors at Bonshaw, Stanhope in the afternoon
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Upcoming events
First Rehearsal for 2018 and Annual General Meeting February 1
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Forum - latest comments
Kate and the bagpipes! (Helen 03/12/15 05:19AM)
Haha love this pic. They were LOUD!!

Felicity Oakes, Simon Oakes and Renee Rankin dressed in their Chicago outfits. All three sang, accompanied by the orchestra, a medley of songs from the musical, Chicago, to great acclaim from the audience. Simon is a former member of the orchestra who ret (Helen 03/12/15 05:12AM)
Oh wow, love this one too! Just need to fix the red eyes!!

re: Simon, Fliss and Renee. Photo by Kristie Baker. (Helen 03/12/15 05:09AM)
Oh, I've commented before lol. I love this photo of our special vocalists. xxx

re: Annual Concert in Eastbank, June 13th 2015 (Helen 25/11/15 05:05AM)
Thanks Phil. Between the two of us we seem to get the job done! Proof reader / contributor extraordinaire!

Annual Concert in Eastbank, June 13th 2015 (Philip 11/11/15 10:57PM)
Thank you, Helen Rankin, for your extremely well-written and authentically recorded reports about our annual concerts, not just this one, but previous ones as well. They more...

Helen was here today (Helen 09/08/15 07:30AM)
We don't use this website enough! More members should check it out and leave comments. Many thanks Phil for all you do here, especially providing great photos and comment more...

re: Wendy Oakes receives an OAM for services to the community as a musician, director and teacher. (Helen 09/08/15 07:25AM)
Congratulations to Wendy for this truly deserving accolade. As a witness to many of Wendy's teaching and community efforts over the past 23 years - as a parent ( teaching more...

Wendy Oakes receives an OAM for services to the community as a musician, director and teacher. (Philip 14/06/15 11:23AM)
It was with great pleasure and with a sense that no one could be better deserving of this award, that we received the news in this year's Queen's Birthday honours of Wend more...

The bush band at Camp Howqua, 1999. Leanda Smith, Bass, Helen Rankin, Accordeon, Peter Read, fiddle, Erin Lancaster (?), lagerphone, Phil Oakes, guitar, and Linden Lancaster, guitar. (Helen 15/05/14 12:21AM)
And Renee Rankin on Claves!

re: Former GVCO member Simon Oakes with his wife, Tracey and their new born daughter, Ellie Matilda Oakes, born March 18th 2013. The first grand child of Director, Wendy Oakes and her husband, Phil! Yayyy! (Philip 02/09/13 09:48AM)
Thanks for putting this photo on the website, Helen! It is a good one to have there.

Mali and Sharon in the dressing rooms before the concert (Helen 25/08/13 12:44PM)
Love this!

Cellists in the dressing rooms before the concert (Helen 25/08/13 12:43PM)
Oh NO, what am I doing?!!!! Lol

The Rankins and Cedric after the concert at the Casablanca (Helen 25/08/13 12:39PM)
Oh, this is a really nice photo : )

Former GVCO member Simon Oakes with his wife, Tracey and their new born daughter, Ellie Matilda Oakes, born March 18th 2013. The first grand child of Director, Wendy Oakes and her husband, Phil! Yayyy! (Helen 17/05/13 08:48AM)
Welcome to the world Ellie Matilda Oakes : ) Looking forward to meeting you at a concert very soon!

Percussion (Helen 17/05/13 08:43AM)
Hehe love this pic! The elders along with the young ones with flair!! Fun!

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