Chamber Music in Blackheath Sunday 30 June

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The chamber music string trio, Three Piece Suite, is returning to Blackheath on Sunday, 30 June.

The warm reception they received following their debut concerts in Blackheath and Sydney in March has compelled them to schedule further concerts in both venues over the next few months.  The trio was particularly impressed not only with the receptive audience, but the wonderful ambiance of the Presbyterian Church, which had acoustics that well-suited their style of music.

The new program will feature these works:

Haydn : Divertimento No 2 in G Major
Beethoven : Serenade Op. 8 D major
J.S.Bach : Trio in G (arranged from the gamba sonatas)
G. Jacob : Six Shakespearean Sketches
J. Playford : English Country Dances

There will also be a free afternoon tea to be held in the church hall next door following the concert where patrons can meet and chat with the performers.


Blackheath Presbyterian Church
Wentworth Street, Blackheath

DATE and TIME:     Sunday 30 June, 2013 at 3pm

Adults:          $20
Concession:     $15
Children:       $5

Choose any of the following ways:
1) Buy them at the door on the day (cash only)
2) Via the website using PayPal or a credit card
3) By bank transfer. For this method, contact Henry directly
Email:    or     
Phone:  02 9797 7227 or 0418 436 727
4) Buy them from Cafe Memento in Wentworth Street, Blackheath.

If you buy tickets via Henry or the internet, Henry will send you an eTicket as a PDF file. You can either print it out and bring it along, or just show us the ticket on your smartphone. If you can’t do either, then you need not worry, as we will have a record of your ticket purchase with us at the door.

Please note that seat numbers will not be allocated, so for the best seating, ensure you arrive early, as we will also be selling tickets at the door.

There is plenty of street parking available.
However, if you’re thinking of taking the train, the church is an easy walk (5 mins) from Blackheath station.

Hope to see you there.

Recognise Public forum 24 June 2013

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refBlue Mountains People for Reconciliation/BMANTaR


Referendum on proposed changes to the Constitution
24th June 2013
7pm for 7.30pm start – 9pm

Sassafras Room 1
Springwood Sports Club
Macquarie Road

Presenters from Blue Mountains and Sydney

Discussion to follow.

Enquires : Lyn : 4758 6811
All welcome, no need to book

“Our eyes remain on one prize: a successful referendum that delivers true recognition and equality for First Peoples.”
Congress Mob News, 2010

Concert for BANC, Sat 1 June, 2pm, Blackheath

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Featuring Blackheath choir The ‘Heathens with Sydney friends, singers and instrumentalists Loosely Woven.

All proceeds from the concert will go to the Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre for their use on a range of excellent community projects

For anyone who’s not seen a Loosely Woven concert, you’re in for a treat – a dozen or so instrumentalists and another dozen  singers present a light-hearted concert/cabaret.

2pm,Satuday 1st June

Blackheath Public School Hall
Cnr Leichhardt St and Great Western Hwy

Entry $15/$10 (Including afternoon tea)

Tickets : BANC office (4787 7770) and at the door

Singers in The Heathens Choir, suitably named for its Blackheath locality, prefer songs that celebrate life. So do their Sydney based counterparts, Loosely Woven, who add instruments and costumes as well as voices to the equation. The two groups are joining forces on Saturday 1 June in a concert to raise funds for the life-affirming and community-supporting work of BANC, the Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre.

Celebrating its fourth birthday this week, The Heathens choir has been supported by BANC since its inception. The choir aims to provide an opportunity for anyone to enjoy singing in a group regardless of their experience or skill level. At the same time, the group constantly strives to improve its musicianship, as this is an integral part of enjoying music making in a group. Their selection for this concert includes songs by Neil Murray, Tom Waits, Crosby Stills & Nash, Ritchie Valens, local composer Jane E Millar and an Irish traditional song.

Loosely Woven was formed by Wayne Richmond, a recently retired technical adviser to the Education Department, who is passionate about community music making. When players or singers commit to a concert with Loosely Woven, Wayne drives a hard bargain in terms of commitment to a demanding rehearsal schedule. Consequently they’re able to tackle an incredible array of music, from folk to pop to music theatre and cabaret.

The concert begins at 2pm at the Blackheath Public School Hall. Tickets (available from BANC or phone 4787 7770) are $15/10 and include afternoon tea.

Art Exhibition by stunning young artist Sam Beatty

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Sam is having an exhibition ‘Life in New Places’ at the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre at the end of Govett’s Leap Road, Blackheath. The opening is at 2pm on Sunday 2nd June and the exhibition runs for the whole month.

As well as the framed images in the exhibition, limited edition prints of the work will also be available.

Visit Sam’s website for a preview of his work,

Award-winning author and illustrator, Tohby Riddle, will open the exhibition on Sunday 2nd June at 2pm
Blue Mountains Heritage Centre, National Parks Office, Govett’s Leap Road

‘Mysterious flaming braziers float over Hokusai waves, a pop art mushroom cloud erupts from a swarming cartoonish jungle, anime-style seaweed and bubbles make an underwater tapestry against infinite blackness in landscapes that are cryptic and intriguing and evoke moods from the lyrical and playful to the volatile and unnerving. “Life in New Places” displays a distinctive graphic style combining digital, ink and paint techniques with highly detailed, realistic rendering, resonant colours, and hard-edged forms. At a meeting point between the scientific-natural and mythic-imaginative worlds, Beatty’s work has a futuristic vision that melds the biological and mechanical with influences from surrealism, Japanese anime and pop art among other styles’

Art Review – Julian Leatherdale

Orpheus Strings

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The Orpheus Strings Orchestra and the Orpheus Quartet perform at the “Pat Heffernan Hall” of Katoomba Public School in Merriwa Street, Katoomba (Turn off Lurline Street at Katoomba RSL)

Programme for Orpheus Quartet Concert on Sunday June 2nd 2013 at 3:00pm
Anton ARENSKY (1861 – 1906) The String Quartet No 2 Opus 35/35a
Elena KATS-CHERNIN (1957) Russian Rag and Grotesk
Ludwig Van BEETHOVEN (1770 – 1827) String Quartet Opus 59 No 2 in E-minor

Programme for Orchestral Concert on Sunday  June 23rd at 3:00pm
Aaron COPLAND (1900 -1990) Concerto for clarinet, string orchestra with harp and piano
Maurice RAVEL (1875 – 1937) Pavane pour une infante defunt
Remo GIAZOTTO (1910 – 1998) and Tomaso ALBINONI (1671 – 1751) Adagio for strings and organ in G-minor
Ross EDWARDS (1943) Enyato 1 (Chorale and Ecstatic Dance)

We do reserve seats on the hall stage for people with mobility difficulties. If you require seat/s to be reserved , please give Joan a call (4784 3286) prior to the concert.

Quartet Concerts: August 25th, November 17th
Orchestra Concerts: September 8th, December 1st


Bring a bean bag or floor cushion!

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This time tomorrow TEDxSydney@BANC2013 will be off & running.
Registration from 8:45AM, first talk follows 9:00AM welcome to country. 

You may want to bring a favourite **bean bag or floor cushion** to take in proceedings from a more relaxed angle…


See you tomorrow!



TEDx and Blackheath Philosophy Forum

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tedxsydneybanc2013-facebook-event-art-left-justified-text1Saturday is a day of ideas and thinking in downtown Blackheath! Drop into the satellite site of TEDx at Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre between 8.30am and 6.30pm and listen to ideas to keep you warm. Simulcast from the Opera House. Browse the program here.

Then you can just wander next door to the Blackheath Community Hall and listen to Peter Baldwin talk on the need for a rethink  at the Blackheath Philosophy Forum starting at 4.00pm. Part of their series of lectures on the Future of Social Democracy. Browse their season program here.

Hourly trains between Katoomba and Lithgow

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Between January and March this year, BANC surveyed the community about the train timetable.  To download a copy of the report, Mind the Gap, click here

Our community wants an hourly service during the day!  We need a service that is at least as frequent as that enjoyed by the rest of the Mountains.

The report discusses the research process and the findings drawn from the huge number of respondents. Over 840 people completed the survey – the number of people pressing to use this means to have their voice heard and fix the train timetable was extraordinary.

Your comments are most welcome.

We know now what the community thinks.  Now is the time for action. Write to your local member, Roza Sage, and let her know that we want an hourly train service between Katoomba and Lithgow.

“Better Photography”

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A six week U3A course for Term 2

Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre

Wednesdays: May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29  and June 5 – 10 am to 12 noon

Tutor: David Hobbs (4787 8115 or 0414 392 744)


Discover some of the secrets of professional photographers.

Learn to produce commercial quality images for use in frames, display ads, books, posters and websites.


Places are limited. Participants will require: their own working digital camera, the user’s manual for that camera and a laptop computer. For session one discussion, participants will be asked to select three outstanding published pictures from magazines. Participants will be asked to complete simple assignments between sessions. Prospective participants are asked NOT to enrol unless they can commit to attend all six sessions.