Life is Special
12 May 2010
39 Bayvista Close Welcome Bay Tauranga 3112
Thank you for lending your delightful musical accompaniment to the recent fashion show put on by Julie Bourke of Heaven Boutique. Your singing certainly helped transport the audience from Bethlehem to Paris for an evening full of French influence.
Julie has organised three shows for Waipuna Hospice now and with amazing support manages to pull together popular and fun-filled events. Your talent suited the theme perfectly and your contribution to the evening is much appreciated.
We rely on our community to contribute a significant amount to our funding requirements each year. This enables us to provide specialist medical and nursing care, bereavement support, counselling, and contributes to all other day to day costs associated with maintaining our service.
We are very grateful for your support.
Administration – Funding Development
Heaven Boutique Fundraiser for Waipuna Hospice. April 2010
We just wanted to say a huge “Merci Beaucoup” for your time and effort, not to mention the breath-taking talent you so graciously shared with us on the night. You were the talk of the show an are truly a most gifted woman. Without people such as yourself going the extra mile for the community, these events would never be the success that they are. This was the best yet and we raised our record amount for Hospice. You are an inspiration Jan. I hope we meet again soon.
Julie – Heaven Boutique Bethlehem
What a fantastic morning we had on Thursday. You transported us from raining New Zealand to the cafes of Paris with your wonderful renditions of familiar French songs.
You are such a warm and engaging performer and really good at getting your audience involved – it was so great to see everyone joining in the singing and tapping their feet along to the music.
Thank you for giving up your time to come to Waipuna Hospice and for making it such a memorable and enjoyable occasion.
With kind regards,
Day Programme Organiser
Jan has been my singing teacher for the last two years and I have enjoyed every moment of it. Jan is an amazing teacher as she provides everything you need to make singing part of you life. She gives you a safe and secure environment in which you can discover your voice and receive support and constructive criticism that will help you become a better singer.
These lessons help with broadening your range and also your knowledge on music as a whole. Jan is full of interesting and new ways to explain things in a way that you can understand them and also use them as part of your singing technique. Jan provides a range of different types of music that fits well with your voice and what you are able to accomplish well and be proud of yourself. With these singing lessons Jan helps you prepare for musicals, plays and any auditions by picking fitting songs that show off your voice.
With help from Jan I was picked to sing in the UK and also had a one of the lead parts in my school musical Jekyll and Hyde. Jan’s singing lessons also give you as the student the opportunity to sing in front of an audience where you can gain confidence as a performer/ singer and enjoy the beauty of singing.
The Women’s Business Web Committee engaged Jan Beets as our “entertainment” at our Annual Christmas party in December 2008.
Jan had discretely set up and began her session of background music as the evening began, and gradually drew us all in to some revelling and singing carols, which we all enjoyed.
Her style was professional and friendly, and of a great variety. We especially enjoyed the rousing musical comedy songs and her lovely ballads. She was happy to work in with our evening format, and added a sparkle to the Christmas festivities.
We recommend Jan to anyone wanting a classy act, with a touch of risqué, when the wine is flowing and the mood relaxed.
Thank you Jan for a great night.
Women’s Business Web
I am just thrilled to hear of your mentoring. I think it is an excellent
idea. Only way to develop the next stream of tutors. And you are SO
fortunate to have Irene Bartlett. Honestly I think she can teach all
Singing teachers in general so much about technique. A true pedagogy
person, but just such fun. Lucky you. Having said that, you do have
heaps to offer. You are already up with the play as to how teaching
in general works; you have a fair grounding in basic technique; very
importantly you do not think you know it all and are prepared to
learn; and you are doing it all the time. you actually are fronting
up and performing ” music theatre” all the time. Go for it. Irene
will head you in the best way possible.
The late Barbara Nicholls
1st August 2001.
OUR VILLAGE CONCERET last Saturday night…
…Was a huge success, enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. Our congratulations and thanks go to Iris Unsworth, co-ordinator from the beginning, for her dedication. With Coreen Gray as accompanist the Bayswater Choir sang with gusto, brackets of songs from well known shows. Choir members were well rehearsed and presented a very colourful sight on stage. Here I would like to mention the first-rate performance by Reg Curtis and Les Blackman, the remaining two male choir members on the night, two others being absent through illness and a third member being overseas. They were splendid and held their own despite being surrounded by the fairer sex. The item choreographed by Louise Caird, “Three Little Maids”, an excert from “Mikardo”, received a well-deserved encore. Playing the parts of the maids were Louise Caird, Gloria Mitchell and Shirley Parris. Did you recognise them! They really looked the part from head to toe dressed in their borrowed wigs and kimonos with the huge yellow bows made by Sheila Eamshaw.
Other items included a solo,”C’est Magnifique” by Gloria Mitchell, dressed beautifully in the spirit of the song, piano duets “Nola” by Coreen Gray and Eunice Savory, and “Mikardo” by Coreen Gray and Peggy Blyth (Ocean Shores), both well received by an enthusiastic audience. J an Beets (daughter of Shirley Parris) and her husband Merv added to the success of the evening. Jan sang a solo and later joined husband Merv in an amusing song, “That’s Your Funeral”. Their assistance through rehearals added to the success of the show.
There are many people to thank for the success of the evening. Some of the more obvious are Jan Beets and her husband Merv for their musical direction and choreography from the beginning, Coreen Gray for her professional assistance throughout rehearsals, Les Payne on the night for his ‘voice’ as compere, the men who set up everything for the show then put it all back afterwards, June Dickens for her help with the ‘food’, Elva McJorrow for floral presentations, and all the rest of the willing ones who gave their time. Last but not least a big ‘thank you’ to the Residents’ Committee for supplying the beautiful stage curtains which add so much to the stage appearance.