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With One BIG Voice 2013


You’re invited to raise your voice, share the joy and help all Australians open doors to brighter futures at this year’s With One BIG Voice concert on Sunday 15 September at the Melbourne Town Hall.

  • 400 voices
  • 40 nationalities
  • inspirational songs
  • moving stories

Families, CEOs, asylum seekers, refugees, students, people living with disabilities or disadvantage… Be inspired by the real people of your community.

Enjoy all-time favourite songs and uplifting stories from the With One Voice choirs: Footscray Sings, Frankston Sings, Geelong Sings, Greater Dandenong Sings, Heidelberg Sings, Melbourne Sings, Our Community Sings (Ashburton), St Kilda Sings, Sydney Sings, ANZ Sings, Deakin Sings, Orygen Youth Health Sings and Royal Children’s Hospital Sings.

Click here to book online or download the poster.

Join the Facebook event.

I’d like to teach the world to sing

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“Since ancient times people have invested significant time and effort to create music. Today people spend enormous amounts of time and money to engage with music in all sorts of ways. Music is always around us. It makes our lives complete. Everyone can express one’s emotion with music and everyone is born with one instrument: a voice to sing. So why does music, and especially singing, hold such potentially enormous intrinsic value? And since singing is an innate ability, how does it affect us?

The simple explanation is that music and singing brings a unique pleasure to humans. Of course, that still leaves the question of why. And for that, neuroscience is starting to provide some answers.

Singing is primitive and tribal. Before written language emerged, critical stories were passed on with the oral tradition of song. The Hebrew Torah and the Greek myths of the Iliad and the Odyssey, were all sung long before they were first written down. When we sing, we tap into something that is not only one of the most ancient of human practices, but we also tap into the activity that modern neuroscience is showing to be profoundly healthy.”‘

Tania de Jong AM, Founder and Chair

Click here to read Tania’s full article, or here to read more about the positive benefits of singing.


Make giving count during Workplace Giving Month!

Would you like to help create strong, joyous communities across Australia through an easy, pre-tax donation? Workplace giving, which works a little like salary sacrificing, is a convenient and cost-effective way to make regular charitable donations through your payroll system.

Creativity Australia’s With One Voice choir program is an award-winning social innovation that reaches Australians from all walks of life. Employers and employees – you can help diverse people break cycles of isolation and disadvantage through nominating With One Voice as the recipient of your workplace giving program. This would make a fantastic contribution to your organisation’s corporate social responsibility.

Find out more here.


Wow! Creativity Australia’s With One Voice choir program is a winner in Anthill’s Smart 100, Australia’s largest awards program dedicated to innovation! In fact, we are just 11 points away from top spot! With your help. we can soar to the top of the Reader’s Choice! Please click here to tweet, share or comment on our listing today!

Listing in the Smart 100 recognises the With One Voice choir program as a ground-breaking social innovation that capitalises on the diversity of its participants to empower and enable communities towards harmony, productivity, wellbeing and happiness.

Click here to read more in the media release.

Creative Innovation Conference 2013

Inspire your mind and look to the future with this year’s Creative Innovation Conference, run by our friends at Creative Universe!

Ci2013 will feature over 40 global leaders, innovators and thinkers and deliver world class creative ideas and pragmatic solutions. Join big and small business, entrepreneurs, educators, creative and government leaders, emerging talent and leading thinkers from around the world!

27-29 November
Sofitel Melbourne On Collins, Australia

Click here to read the media release.

Climb Every Mountain

It’s 60 years today since Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reached the top of Mount Everest… and we have our very own Everest mountaineer amongst Melbourne Sings!

A few weeks ago Melbourne Sings farewelled Bec by singing Climb Every Mountain (click here to watch) from The Sound of Music. She’s now back safe and sound with lots of stories to share!

“If I had anything to describe the experience, it would be that out of the 15 people in the group, four got helicoptered out. And, this photo tells a little lie – out of a total party of 45 people, two people actually made it higher than Everest Base Camp – myself and one other kept on till the summit of a black peak called Kala Patar, at over 5545m above sea level,” Bec said.

“What an adventure, and that outstanding rendition of Climb Every Mountain by the incredible people at Melbourne Sings really did get me to take the next step when times got tough. Which they did.”

Congratulations on a wonderful, inspirational adventure, Bec!

Donation Appeal

Creativity Australia’s With One Voice choirs are helping diverse people break cycles of isolation and disadvantage and discover pathways to better futures. The science of singing is proven to make you happier, healthier and smarter… but the choirs offer so much more. We need your help to reach more people in need. Click here to find out more.

Volunteer Week

Last week was National Volunteer Week and each With One Voice choir celebrated the dedicated volunteers who keep the choirs running smoothly every week. Thanks a million, volunteers! You can view more photos from the celebrations on our Facebook page.

Sydney Sings: Street Serenade

Sydney Sings sang their hearts out to the city on the steps of the Pitt Street Uniting Church on Tuesday. Passers-by joined the vibrant choir in song. Click here to view a full album of photographs from the event on Facebook!

Blown away by Harmony Day

Congratulations to all on a wonderful Harmony Day performance! Around 70 singers turned out and braved high winds on Thursday 21 March to give a brilliant performance in Collins Place. You can listen to Nadia Hume’s Radio Australia story about the event here.

The With One Voice choirs have had a terrific term one and most are now on Easter Break, recommencing in the week starting Monday 15 April. Check out the choirs menu above to check the term dates for your local choir. We look forward to singing with you in term two!

Harmony Day Performance

Join us in song when members of the With One Voice choirs perform for Harmony Day!

When: 1pm, Thursday 21 March
Where: Collins Place (forecourt), 45 Collins Street, Melbourne

Harmony Day, part of Cultural Diversity Week, is an opportunity to celebrate Australia’s vibrant multicultural communities. On Harmony Day, people are invited to share their stories, and that is exactly what members of the With One Voice choirs will do on Thursday 21 March.

So forget that working lunch – invite your friends and colleagues to join With One Voice in the forecourt at Collins Place at 1pm and together we will lift our voices in celebration of diversity and harmony!

Click here to download the Harmony Day event poster, which we encourage you to circulate to your networks, or display in your local community or business.

With One Voice welcomes new voices for 2013

It’s not long until the wonderful With One Voice choirs recommence for 2013!

Following an incredible With One BIG Voice concert in December, we’re excited for another great year. If you’ve never been part of a With One Voice choir, now is a great time to come along, feel welcome amongst other people who love to sing and find your voice. If you’re an existing choir member, why not bring a friend?

Here are dates of the first rehearsals for With One Voice choirs in 2013:

Ashburton Sings! (Our Community) – Wednesday 6 February
Footscray Sings! – Thursday 24 January
Frankston Sings! – Monday 4 February
Geelong Sings! – Monday 4 February
Greater Dandenong Sings! – Wednesday 6 February
Heidelberg Sings! – Thursday 7 February
Melbourne Sings! – Tuesday 5 February
St Kilda Sings! – Monday 4 February
Sydney Sings! – Tuesday 5 February

If you’re interested in joining a choir, contact our friendly team on [email protected] or call (03) 8679 6088.

Click here to download the media release and poster celebrating a brand new year for With One Voice.  Why not help us spread the word by putting up a poster in your local area?

We look forward to singing with you in 2013!

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