The 2019 Zither Run

To all Friends of Chord-Zithers, Autoharps, Harps and Music,
Running with Zithers is looking forward to a musical 2019 with the following program:

The U3A Zither-Dithers will be held twice a month!
   - on the 3rd Friday of each month in the Seniors Room of the Birregurra Hall at 1:30-3pm, starting on February the 15th.
   - on the last Thursday of each month in the South West Family Church Rooms, 516 Murray Street Colac at 10:30am, starting February the 28th.
The U3A Zither-Dithers are voluntarily run and to join the fun you need to take out a 2019 Colac Otways U3A membership which, in turn, opens the whole plethora of this year’s U3A classes to you. Song sheets will be provided and we have a small number of instruments available so you could try it out. The printed music contains lyrics and chords also suitable for ukulele, guitar or other instrument players and of course singers. All are welcome to this sing or play-a-long 🎶
Running with Zithers will again be open every Monday, by appointment, for music tuition and/or instrument help at 6 Jenner Street Birregurra. Should your instrument need tuning or repairing, or should you wish to take your music learning to the next level, just ring me to slot in a time to suit us both 0408 379 499. On offer are
   - instrument sales or rental service
   - help to source your perfect instrument from International luthiers
   - one-on-one or group instrument lessons
   - Music theory lessons
   - tuning and/or repair service
The purchase or rental services are free of charge. All music lessons are $50 per hour and this cost can be shared amongst a group of you. The tuning/repair service is $20, +parts, should they be needed.
Let’s make some music 🎶

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