With the temperature dropping and winter around the corner, rehearsals for our upcoming “Little Winter Music” concert are well advanced. Pieces we will perform include Mendelssohn’s Nocturne from Midsummer’s Night Dream, Robert Sheldon’s Appalachian Morning and a Purcell Air. See our 2019 Concerts page for details.

Last rehearsal, Squawkestra was delighted to host not one, but two local composers!

In anticipation of our participation in the Victorian Community Orchestra Project Composer Competition and Community Gala Concert (https://www.vcoproject.org/), we hope to build a relationship with a resident composer who will write an original orchestral work for us.

As final arrangements and official announcements are yet to be made, their identities will remain a mystery for now, but we are excited at the prospect of playing music written especially for us!

Rehearsals return to usual venue

Our first rehearsal was a great success with some new players, new music and getting back into the joy of Squawkestra music-making.

Although it was an adventure in navigating the outer limits of Preston, this week we return to normal at Northcote Senior Citizen’s Club (18 Bent St, Northcote) where we have more room to play in, we can find the light switches and produce boiling water on demand!

If you haven’t yet paid your 2019 membership fees, please use the online account details on our 2019 Membership Form (remember to put your name in the payment description!) or bring to rehearsal.

Our first rehearsal for 2019 is on Thursday 7th February at 7pm.  As our usual venue is not available, we will be rehearsing at the East Preston Senior Citizen’s Centre, 18 Donald Street, Preston.  Rehearsals will return to Northcote Senior Citizen’s Centre at Bent St, Northcote for the rest of the year.

Rehearsal dates for 2019 have been updated on our Members page (including Break Time Duty Roster) and added to our Squawkestra meetup events.

Looking forward to getting into some great Squawkestra music-making for 2019!

Christmas Soiree – 6 December

Our final event for 2018 is the Christmas Soiree, an intimate performance for Squawkestra members and squawky friends, this Thursday 6th December.  We have some solos, duos and small ensembles lined up, as well as playing all together (something Christmassy, perhaps?)

Please remember to bring your $$ for the catering if you haven’t paid yet.

We are also having a music round-up, so please bring all your squawky sheet music.  All will be gratefully received – this year’s repertoire or any rogue, ancient pieces.


Squawkestra AGM – 29 November

Notice of Meeting

The 2018 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of SQUAWKESTRA Inc. will be held at Northcote Senior Citizen’s Centre, 18A Bent Street Northcote on Thursday 29 November 2018 between 7.00 and 9.00 pm. Note this is a regular rehearsal night.


1  To confirm the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on March 22, 2018 (note that this meeting was held later that is normal)
2  To receive the President’s and Musical Director’s reports
3  To elect Office Bearers and Committee Members
4  To receive from the Treasurer, statements of income and expenditure during the last financial year, and assets and liabilities
5  Any other business

Nomination Form for Office Bearers and Committee Members

Welcome Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde

This week we welcome Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde to our rehearsal, in preparation for our upcoming combined Squawk ‘N’ Ork Live at Lebowskis concert.  A feature of the performance will be when both orchestras come together to perform music that was submitted and performed at the 2014/15 Composition Competition instigated and co-ordinated by Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde.

Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde is an inclusive world music ensemble based in Northcote. It supports Darebin-based musicians in developing musicianship and performance skills, and promote increased cultural awareness in the community through performances of music from different regions with particular emphasis on the Balkans, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde supports local composers and performers by providing opportunities for the development and public performance of new works.


Rehearsal Photos

Rehearsals are in full swing!  Last week, we focussed with Luke Serrano at the helm on his pieces Canon in Grand Style, Canon in Honour of the Good Latte, and Hint of Lime.  The result of our hard work can be heard at our concert 2018 Squawk ‘N’ Ork Live at Lebowskis.

Squawk n Ork live

Welcome Luke Serrano

This week, we welcome to our rehearsal Luke Serrano, local composer and teacher who will work with the Squawkestra on his pieces and arrangements, Canon in Grand Style, Canon in Honour of the Good Latte, and Hint of Lime.

Luke majored in Composition during a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Melbourne (1995-98). A thorough study of Baroque counterpoint, Classical formal structures and modern textural techniques was supplemented by further studies in jazz harmony and explorations in a diversity of music from all over the globe, all of which has found a way into Luke’s uniquely engaging, integrated and well-crafted musical style.

Drawn to the wonderful possibilities of music that lies between the intimacy of chamber music and the power of orchestral music, Luke has focused on music for chamber orchestras, with the Aeolus Suite (2014), the Threshold suite (2005). He has also composed a Saxophone Concerto (2000) and a Symphony (1999) as well as numerous chamber works. He was a MSO Young Composer in 1994. Luke’s music has been broadcast on 3MBS and ABC Classic Drive, and has been performed in Australia, Europe and North America. Luke has had numerous works performed in the amateur and educational contexts, including a recent performance (September 2018) of one of his jazz compositions at Hamer Hall. Luke is also a saxophonist, and is very active professionally as an expert arranger of music for all ensembles and styles.

A selection of his compositions can be heard here.