About Us

About the Chocolate Lilies






The Chocolate Lilies are an award winning community choir established in 1993 by music director Nerida Kirov.

The choir offers a supportive environment for people to develop their singing ability and a sense of belonging to a community group.The choir is full of friendly, welcoming people of all singing abilities. It’s a wonderful creative outlet to train your voice, make friends, have fun and contribute to the community.


The Chocolate Lilies comprise of two sub-groups, Hurstbridge (who rehearse during the day) and Warrandyte (who rehearse at night), both located in the foothills north east of Melbourne, Victoria. Both groups come together at performances.

 

Performances are varied and fun, including fundraisers, festivals, award ceremonies, activism events etc. Performances aren’t compulsory.

 


Vision statement and artistic goals

  • To provide a supportive environment for people to develop their singing ability and a sense of belonging to a community group
  • To strengthen community links
  • And to have fun!

Warrandyte Lilies

The Warrandyte Chocolate Lilies gather on a Monday evening 7-15 till 8-45 at the Warrandyte Mechanics Institute Cnr of Yarra Street and Mitchell Avenue.


Performances

Performances are varied and fun and include fundraisers, festivals, award ceremonies, activism events etc. Performances aren’t compulsory. Performance apparel is purple and/or black and each member chooses their own clothes. On average there are 8 concerts per year and the song repertoire is refreshed every term.

Hurstbridge Lilies

The Hurstbridge Chocolate Lilies gather on a Monday morning at Hurstbridge Uniting Church Hall 998 Heidelberg – Kinglake Rd, Hurstbridge  9-45 till 11-30.


Joining Requirements

The choir is open to all, there is no audition process. There’s no minimum attendance policy for rehearsals or concerts. You don’t need to be able to read sheet music. Membership fees are $12 per week or a term fee (average of $9 per week/$7 Concession).

Nerida Kirov - Music Director

Having sung from an early age, Nerida with Sally Grice and Lisa Young (Coco’s lunch) started the acapella group “Acacia”. This was in the late 70s when Acapella singing really wasn’t a thing. They performed at many festivals and concerts with artists such as Red Gum, Judy Small and Margaret Roadnight.
She went on to study music, gaining an  Advanced Diploma in Jazz and Contemporary Music followed by a Bachelor of Music focusing on Performance and composition followed by a Bachelor of teaching.
Nerida continued to perform in many different bands and groups.
Currently she is The Music Co-ordinator at the Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School and the convenor, director and lover of the Chocolate Lilies Community Choir.

To join the Chocolate Lilies contact Nerida on neridakirov@gmail.com