Proud as Punch...

...of these people. The Cola Otways UNIVERSITY OF THE 3RD AGE ZITHER-DITHER performing at today’s Birregurra Community Market.
Season’s Greeting to you all and may your Yuletide be filled with music 🎶

An Old Idea's time has come again!

At Running with Zithers, we believe that an instrument very popular around 100 years ago might be just the thing to deal with the stresses of the 21st century.
Apart from their stunning looks after carefully restored to their former glory, what makes these instruments so right for our time are the unique tune-sheets that were designed and written specifically for the Chord Zither.
With the tune-sheets slipped under the melody strings, anyone can play a tune without the ability to read music. Add to this their ethereal, harp-like sound and Chord Zithers provide instant fun, allowing the budding musicians to just play - hitting the musical floor ....running to speak.

Chord zithers in action - recorded by Geraldine Cardozo for The Senior magazine

Birregurra’s Zithers hit the big screen!

After submitting our entry to the AMEB Centenary Online Orchestra, we were delighted to see ourselves on the big screen. We all gathered for Birregurra’s own launch party and watched the live stream of all the action at Federation Square Melbourne. What fun we had!
See if you can spot us? ...and find us mentioned in the credits 👏 Birregurra Zither Ensemble members on the day were Barbara Little, Dee Barter, John Welford, Gaye Welford, Sue Warriner & Angie Smales.

Been there, done it, got the t-shirt!

Last Saturday our group got together to record our submission to the AMEB online centenary orchestra 
We had planned to record outside, but it turned out to be one of the coldest & blustery day so far this winter, so we retreated inside, around the fire. We had a lot of fun and look forward to the final result and launch of this fabulous initiative. As a wonderful surprise we received a free t-shirt which will be worn with pride 🎶

Come Hither With Your Zither

A New Year, a new venue & a new timetable for 2018.
Starting January the 15th, Running with Zithers will be open every Monday, except public or school holidays, at
Hollyhock Cottage, 6 Jenner Street, Birregurra Vic 3242.

Because we pride ourselves on personal service, you will need to arrange a time with Angie 0408 379 499 for the following -
  • Come & see our collection of restored, antique zithers or check out our new custom-made zithers. We offer attractive rent/buy options on all our zithers.
  • Arrange a time for your FREE 1 hour lesson that comes with each purchase of our zithers.
  • Private 1 hour zither, autoharp or music lessons.
  • Tuning & repair services.
  • Instrument appraisal service.
For those already up and Running with their Zithers we offer the following every Monday.
  • 10am-12noon - One-on-one sessions by appointment. Covering anything from tuning help, music theory or playing instructions - $30 per hour.
  • 1:30pm U3A Zither-Dither A chance for zither & autoharp players to harmonise and play together. The aim is to have fun. All other acoustic instruments & singers are welcome, or just come along to listen and/or share your musical knowledge

Meet the Maker!

We're in Münchberg Germany at the moment, where we met up with Michael & Karoline Marko from Akkordzitherbau Marko - Michael has built 3 zithers for Running with Zithers in the past and together they also keep us supplied with tuning keys, tune sheets and zither cases. 
We're currently in negotiations for a new 5 chord zither for our groups  - so watch this space!
They shared their zither weekend with us, so we were able to see the music school they work at and go to a community festival where their zither group/ensemble 'The Münchberg Zither Spektakel' performed. 
As the pictures show, playing the Chord zither is an internationally shared experience and here's a little recording of their performance, enjoy.