Monday 25 April 2016

Heading Back to Alta Pusteria!!!!!

So...... we are almost done with finalizing the plans for our next adventure. Follow us here, on our Facebook page or on Twitter as we travel back to the Alta Pusteria International Choir Festival in northern Italy and then on to Croatia. We'll be away from June 17, 2016 until July 3, 2016. But before we go you can come and hear us on June 11, 2016 when we perform at 3:00 p.m. in St. George's Church, Brigus. We'd love you to join us before we head across the pond.

Check out some of the sights and sounds of Alta Pusteria International Choir Festival where thousands of choirs around the world will perform in a fairy tale setting.

Friday 17 August 2012

We have a new home !!!

To keep in touch with Holy Heart of Mary Alumnae Choir happenings check out our new blog site:

See the latest pictures of the Torch Bearer Awards and a letter from the City of Mount Pearl.

Sunday 22 July 2012

Great News - Award for Valerie

On Tuesday July 24, 11:30 am at Cape Spear National Park, the presentation of the Torch Bearer Award will be made to Dr. Valerie Long by the World Harmony Run organization, honouring her as this province's winner of this prestigious award and we invite you to attend and show her your support. "The Torch-bearer Award is an award which recognizes and honours individuals who have been of extraordinary inspiration and service to their communities". Valerie's work with HHMAC and Les MS is an indication of that inspiration to the community and we are proud to announce this award on her behalf.  
The international run will conclude at Cape Spear as the torch is passed and with a ceremonial run of 2 km to the finish line, and runners who wish to join are also invited to participate. T-shirts will be provided to all runners. Please email to register for the run and give her your size for the shirt. This is a public event so spread the word to your friends and colleagues. Runners are asked to meet at Victoria Park Day Camp at 10:30 to receive their shirts and, if you wish, you will be driven to the site of the run and then returned to Victoria Park at the end of the ceremony (approximately 12:00-12:30).
You will find a link to profiles of this year's Canadian recipients of the Torch-bearer award here:

Here is a link to a CBC (central NL) podcast where Valerie is interviewed regarding the Torch Bearer Award and she speaks about the Alta Pusteria Festival.

                                                             Congratulations, Valerie !!!!!!
Valerie with her Torch Bearer Award and the HHMAC
Cape Spear, NL July 24, 2012

Thursday 19 July 2012

HHMAC AND Coro Brinella from Genoa, Italy

Another lovely memory with our friends from Genoa, Italy (home of John Cabot).  Now they have two connections with Newfoundland !!!!
Taken during the Alta Pusteria International Choir Festival
San Candido, Italy

Monday 9 July 2012

You Tube - Alta Pusteria International Choir Festival

Here is a link to a video tape posted on YouTube of the 15th Alta Pusteria International Choir Festival Parade, San Candido, Italy.

HHMAC was very visible in our red and with our Canadian umbrellas. What a proud bunch we were that day, carrying our Canadian flag and our HHMAC banner.

Hello from Coro Brinella, Genova, Italy

Here is an email that was sent to one of our choir members along with a picture of the choir Coro Brinella from Genova, Italy. Paula has translated their correspondence into English for us.

The choir wrote in Italian:

Buongiorno Paula e buongiorno a tutto il vostro coro,
vi ringraziamo molto per le foto che ci avete inviato, sono veramente belle. La nostra l'abbiamo già pubblicata su facebook. Anche a noi ha fatto molto piacere conoscervi al Festival in Alta Pusteria, tutto è stato molto interessante e divertente. Credo che sul sito del Festival si potranno ascoltare le registrazioni dei concerti. Un grosso saluto da tutto il Coro Brinella.

Anna Prini (choir secretary)

And now in French:

Paula Bonjour et bonjour à tous de votre choeur,
Merci beaucoup pour les photos que vous nous avez envoyés, sont vraiment
très belles.  Nous avons déjà publié sur le Facebook.  Même pour nous a été très heureux de vous rencontrer lors du Festival à AltaPusteria, tout était très intéressant et amusant.  Je pense que le site du Festival peut être entendu des enregistrements  de concerts en direct.  Un grand bienvenue de partout dans le Chœur Brinella.

Anna Prini (choir secretary)

English translation:

Hello Paula and hello to all of the HHMAC.

It was very nice to meet you. Thank you for the beautiful picture. We posted it on our Facebook page.
We were very pleased to meet you all.

Anna Prini (choir secretary)

Here is a link to Coro Brinella's Facebook page:

Coro Brinella in San Candido
Alta Pusteria International Choir Festival
Choir formed in 1998 ( same as HHMAC)

Sunday 1 July 2012

Sunday - July 1 - Vienna, Austria

                                                                       Happy Canada Day !!!!! 

Sunday, July 1, 2012 was a VERY special and unique Canada Day for us. After yet ANOTHER wonderful breakfast we boarded our coaches to drive to Schonbrunn Palace. This palace is the summer residence of the Austrian Imperial family, the Haftburg's.  Maria Theresa (Empress of Austria) mothered 16 children with the most noted one being Marie Antoinette. This grand palace was the back drop for our Canada Day performance where tourists from many countries enjoyed our singing. Choir members handed out Canadian Flag pins and flags to various people who were in the courtyard.  One male tourist asked a choir member if all women in Canada are this beautiful? We'll let you answer that question!
After our performance we had a guided tour of the palace..... outstanding. A vision of grandeur and opulence! We were then treated to lunch with desserts to die for.

Back to the hotel for free time to pack and prepare for the long journey back home.

Many Thanks from Your Bloggers
We said our final good-byes to Austria and this tour. And now a final good-bye from your bloggers. We hope you enjoyed this blog as much as we have enjoyed sharing our experiences with you.