Creativity Australia News
Festive Holiday DatesDecember 17, 2014
The With One Voice choirs are enjoying their final rehearsals and festive soirees for 2014 this week. All choirs return in the first week of February. ‘Til then, keep on sharing the joy of song and don’t miss our performance in Melbourne’s Australia Day Parade!
Thank you to everyone in the choir community for your songs, smiles and support this year. We look forward to more musical adventures in 2015.
Warm wishes to you and yours for a happy and harmonious festive season.
Songs for peace at Martin PlaceDecember 17, 2014
Yesterday evening With One Voice Sydney led Martin Place in song… a peaceful show of togetherness at the end of such a sad day.
Our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by the hostage crisis.
— Lauren Hanney (@laurenhanneyy) December 16, 2014
So touching, seeing people singing Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ at Sydney’s Martin Place. #Respect
— blakkrrox (@blakkrrox) December 16, 2014
The crowd has broken into a rendition of Imagine here in Martin Place …. I can feel the tears starting #SydneySiege
— Benjamin Montague (@benmontague) December 16, 2014
Choir singing Christmas carols in Martin Place, Sydney, now. pic.twitter.com/qLoS3YDORd
— Gray Connolly (@GrayConnolly) December 16, 2014
Meanwhile a block further down #MartinPlace crowds gather to watch a choir sing XMAS carols – Sydney will stay strong & live through this
— Brett Graham (@worldofBG) December 16, 2014
I walked past a 100m queue to lay flowers and a choir singing ‘Still Call Australia Home’ in Martin Place on the way home.
— Matt Carmichael (@MattCarmichael) December 16, 2014
Sing for Spring: Highlights VideoDecember 10, 2014
Enjoy the highlights from Sing for Spring 2014! This uplifting video competition will be back next year, bigger and better, including a world record singing attempt!
Bookings Open: Gala Dinner 2015December 1, 2014
We are delighted to announce a very special Gala Dinner will be held during the Creative Innovation Conference in March 2015 in support of the With One Voice program.
WHEN: Tuesday 24 March 2015, 7.00–11.00pm
WHERE: Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, Grand Ballroom
You are invited to enjoy fine food, wine, a Grand Disruptive Debate and world class entertainment including beat-boxing virtuoso Tom Thum, sensational songsters Pot-Pourri and the With One Voice choirs.
The Grand Debate will feature a number of world class speakers on the topic: “How will we humans compete with machines that can compose, diagnose and savour a rose?”
More event information.
Donations received will go towards supporting the participation of disadvantaged people in Creativity Australia’s acclaimed With One Voice program.
Tickets: $250 per person; $2,500 for a table of ten; or $5,000 for a corporate VIP table (this includes a $3,000 tax-deductible donation to Creativity Australia’s With One Voice program to support disadvantaged participants, prime position and the opportunity to have one of our extraordinary Ci2015 guest presenters seated at your table).
Register online OR call (03) 9645 9858
Gala Dinner 2013 in pictures.
Finalists in the Melbourne AwardsNovember 19, 2014
Creativity Australia is honoured to have been named a finalist in the Melbourne Awards for the second year running. We were recognised in the Contribution to Community by a Community Organisation category, which celebrates projects or activities that enhance people’s lives and wellbeing in the City of Melbourne.
Click here to read about the other esteemed nominees and winners, including the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, the Melbourne City Mission and Artistic Director of the Australian Shakespeare Company Glenn Elston.
Pictured: Founder and Chair Tania de Jong AM and Executive Director Ross Maher at the 2014 Melbourne Awards.
With One BIG VoiceOctober 15, 2014
Congratulations to all choirs, conductors, volunteers and staff on a wonderful With One BIG Voice concert at Melbourne Town Hall on Sunday 12 October.
The show featured songs such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Let It Go from Disney’s Frozen, The Carpenters’ Sing A Song and much, much more.
The winners of Sing for Spring were announced by The Hon. Ted Baillieu MLA and there was a special guest appearance by Sing for Spring Ambassadors The Pacific Belles.
Winners of Sing for SpringOctober 13, 2014
Congratulations to the winners of Sing for Spring 2014! The winners were announced by the Hon. Ted Baillieu MLA at yesterday’s With One BIG Voice concert at the Melbourne Town Hall.
While not everyone could be named a winner, our team was delighted and inspired by every single entry to Sing for Spring and we can’t wait for next year!
Thank you to everyone involved for sharing the joy of song and supporting the future of the With One Voice program. With your support, we were thrilled to raised more than $20,000.
BEST PRIMARY SCHOOL SING
Silkwood School’s Hummingbird Choir – ‘Beat and Holler’
BEST HIGH SCHOOL SING
Tintern Schools – ‘Geronimo’
BEST WORKPLACE SING
Dattner Grant Team – ‘Three Blind Mice’
BEST FAMILY SING
Levi & Yvette – ‘Killing Me Softly’
MOST ENTERTAINING SING
Class of ’91 – ‘Bust A Move’
Magic Of Music – ‘Doe A Deer’
MOST INSPIRING SING
The AFL Peace Team – ‘National Anthem’
MOST DIVERSE SING
World Singing Day International – ‘We Sing’
MOST VOTES and BEST UNIVERSITY SING
ICTE University of Queensland Chorus – ‘Lean On Me’
MOST DONATIONS RAISED
With One Voice Ashburton for their original song ‘The Joy of Song’
The fundraising efforts of this choir have been extraordinary. Not only has the choir created a CD of original music, they’ve been selling chocolates and running sausage sizzles to support the future of their choir. With One Voice Ashburton, we are blown away by your efforts.
Ian Baillieu, Lady Southey AC, Tania de Jong AM and The Hon. Ted Baillieu MLA at the With One BIG Voice concert.
Sing for Spring is a community singing project for a great cause. Families, workplaces, schools, community groups, sports teams… everybody is welcome. A nursery rhyme, campfire sing-along, office karaoke… the sky’s the limit!
Communities that sing together can help beat loneliness and isolation, mental illness, cultural tension, unemployment and more. So let’s share the joy of song every day!
Ci2015: Creative Innovation ConferenceSeptember 26, 2014
Our friends at Creative Universe have just announced details of their 2015 Creative Innovation Conference, will happen in March at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins.
“We need to find innovative solutions to the great problems of today to make them the opportunities of the future.
Ci2015 will feature over 40 global leaders, innovators and thinkers and deliver world class creative ideas and pragmatic solutions. It will offer credible forecasts, strategies and practices to help transform you and the leadership of organisations.
Join big and small business, educators, entrepreneurs, creative and government leaders, emerging talent and leading thinkers from around the World.
This is a must-attend event for everyone seeking fresh insights, ideas, tools and connections.”
Diva and Divo… Puccini to Pop!September 9, 2014
Where: Hawthorn Arts Centre
When: 11am, Tuesday 16 September
Featuring soprano Tania de Jong AM, baritone Jonathan Morton and pianist Rosa Scaffidi.
A celebration of fantasy, love, passion and romance in all its guises, our Diva and Divo bring a sensual mix of contemporary classics, opera and Broadway hits and beautiful duets to stir your senses and touch your heart. You will be entertained by the glorious voices, quality, charm, warmth, humour and theatricality of the artists.
The show features the founders of sensational singing group Pot-Pourri, Tania de Jong AM (soprano) and Jonathan Morton (baritone) with outstanding pianist Rosa Scaffidi. For many years they have performed all over the world at major concert halls, festivals and special events as well as releasing 7 CDs.
Songs include You Raise Me Up, My Way, Nessun Dorma, Time to Say Goodbye, Tonight from Westside Story, The Impossible Dream, La Vie en Rose, Summertime and highlights from shows including Carmen, Westside Story, Phantom of the Opera, La Traviata, Les Miserables and many more. Do not miss a magical performance!
“Brilliant performance – perfect repertoire selection, they deserved the standing ovation they received!” Star Observer
Book online or call 9278 4770.
With One BIG Voice ConcertAugust 27, 2014
You’re invited to enjoy the 2014 With One BIG Voice concert, proudly presented by Creativity Australia’s With One Voice choirs!
BE INSPIRED songs & stories from 400 diverse voices.
AMAZING SONGS including Pharrell Williams’ Happy, Let It Go from Frozen, Summer Nights from Grease, favourites from Queen, ABBA, The Carpenters and more.
CELEBRATE the winners of Sing for Spring!
SUPPORT CHARITY online bookings tax-deductible.
When: Sunday 12 October, 3.00-5.30pm
Where: Melbourne Town Hall, Corner Collins & Swanston Streets
Tickets: $30 Full / $20 Concession / $10 Child / $50 Family
CONTACT (03) 8679 6088 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Going Global: With One Voice HollandAugust 26, 2014
Wow! Marja de Jong (namesake and soul-sister of our Founder and Chair Tania de Jong AM) has launched four With One Voice choirs in Holland!
Join us on this international community singing journey and help change the world, one voice at a time!
Music video released: Sing It OutAugust 4, 2014
This song was written specially for Sing for Spring by Scott Johnson (singer/songwriter, actor, star of the Jersey Boys) and features his partner Verity Hunt-Ballard (Sing for Spring Ambassador and Helpmann Award winning star of Mary Poppins) and With One Voice choir participants. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this wonderful recording project.
What would the world be like if we sung more? To find out, be part of Sing for Spring, our national community singing project.
Register now at www.singforspring.com