Welcome to the website of the Goulburn Valley Concert Orchestra and Sheppstrings! Rehearsals at "Chapel on Maude" (Old Wesley Church), Maude St Shepparton Thursdays during term time 7-9 pm. Contact Wendy Oakes, director and conductor. email - firstname.lastname@example.org or Phil Oakes, manager - email - email@example.com
Postal address GVCO PO Box 6544 Shepparton 3632
Affinity Quartet - Nick Waters, violin, Ioana Tache, violin, William Clark, viola, and Mee Na Lojewski, cello, are seen here with members of GVCO, Wendy Oakes, Phil Oakes, Rechelle Zammit, Kerry Gawne, Wade Gregory, Keri Jennings and Demi Wood, after their workshop at La Trobe Uni, Shepparton on Sunday 15th March 2020. Thanks also to Carole McGregor, who took this photo.|
Steven Sargant, as new conductor of GVCO, seen here conducting GVCO at the Bushfire Appeal Concert held in Chapel on Maude on Saturday 21st Feb
| June 25th - Cindy turning 66
|| June 25th - Jenna turning 30
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| Affinity Quartet Workshop
Affinity Quartet workshopped with some members of GVCO on Sunday 15th March.
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|Life Memberships (Helen 13/04/20 04:50AM) |
Congratulations Wendy and Phil. So well deserved!
Kate Rankin. Kate is seen here before the concert. She is a former leader of the orchestra and was invited back to play a solo item with the orchestra accompanying her. She played "Meditation" and was very warmly received by audience and orchestra members (Helen 13/04/20 04:41AM)
Beautifully played Kate, and a special moment for us playing on the stage together with the orchestra. Wonderful memory.
Jane Tuckwell, Carolyn Leslie, Carole McGregor, Helen Rankin, Cindy Abbey, Matt Carrafa and Wendy Oakes pictured here at the GVCO Committee, Dinner Meeting held at the GV Hotel on Wednesday night, 21st of November 2007. Phil Oakes also attended as photogr (Helen 13/04/20 04:33AM)
Gosh! I look like Renée in this photo!!
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)
Cellists in the dressing rooms before the concert (Helen 25/08/13 12:43PM)
Oh NO, what am I doing?!!!! Lol