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Melbourne French Theatre Invitation

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Check out our friends at Melbourne French Theatre, who’ve been championing multicultural arts in Melbourne since 1977!

For their next production, MFT will present a Southern Hemisphere first of the new play Cher Trésor from famous playwright and cineaste Francis Veber.

The show runs from Tuesday 6 to Saturday 10 May 2014. Click here to book.

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Happy Birthday + Harmony Day

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You’re invited to join the With One Voice choirs for a lunchtime concert in celebration of diversity this Friday – Harmony Day! The concert also marks the fifth birthday of the With One Voice program! Download our Birthday Media Statement.

When: Friday 21 March, 12.30-1.00pm
Where: Collins Place, 45 Collins Street, Melbourne
View the poster.

The With One Voice choir program, recently named one of Australia’s top social innovations, unites people from 40 nationalities, aged 9 to 90, through the joy of song.

This year we’re busy launching choirs in Altona Meadows, Redfern (NSW), Brisbane and beyond! In fact, following our Founder and Chair Tania de Jong AM’s recent TEDtalk How singing together changes the brain, we’ve had interest from as far away as Phoenix, Arizona!

It’s an exciting time to engage and celebrate with us… so join the singing movement!

Please spread the word to your colleagues, friends and family as we’d love a big turnout at this special event! Everyone is welcome.

Launch of With One Voice Brisbane a hit

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Tania de Jong AM and Allan English (English Family Foundation).

The launch of With One Voice Brisbane was a great success! More than 100 people attended the Commonwealth Flagship Branch in Brisbane last Thursday night to celebrate the launch of Queensland’s first With One Voice choir. Thank you to everyone who attended and supported this very special occasion.

With One Voice Brisbane is a three-year initiative, seed-funded by the English Family Foundation, with additional support from Page and Maria Maxson, The Curavis Fund, the Mather Foundation, Mike de Gruyter, CBA, Brisbane City Council, OzHarvest and Mind Shift.

Rehearsals will run weekly from Wednesday 2 April, led by Cath Mundy:

When: Wednesdays 5:30pm – 6:45pm
Where: Basement Level, Brisbane City Hall, 64 Adelaide Street, Brisbane

Please spread the word!

The Voice of Yoga

Our Founder and Chair Tania de Jong AM invites you to attend a special afternoon workshop run by her and acclaimed Yoga Instructor, Tantric Practitioner and Transpersonal Counsellor Andrew Mournehis.

When: Sunday 27 April, 12noon-3pm 
Where: The Yoga Lab, 494 Lygon St, Brunswick East

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Wake up and find your unique voice this Autumn. Andrew and Tania will lead you on a journey of breath, yoga, sound, chant, meditation and song where you’ll free your body, open your heart and uncover your own natural voice. This day of unlocking the potential of your voice and healing your mind, body and spirit will include moments of reflection, meditation and joyful celebration!

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Investment: $160 incl. Afternoon tea
Bookings/enquiries: email Andrew on [email protected] or phone 0418121468

We recommend booking early as places are limited.  Click here for more details.

 

Launch of With One Voice Brisbane

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We’re thrilled to be launching With One Voice Brisbane this month, with rehearsals to start on Wednesday 2 April, led by Cath Mundy!

Queensland’s flagship With One Voice program will connect partners and participants from business, community, philanthropy, education and government sectors. It’s just one more step towards a nationwide (hey, why not worldwide… we’ve had an enquiry from Phoenix, Arizona!) With One Voice singing movement.

With One Voice Brisbane is a three-year initiative, seed-funded by the English Family Foundation, with additional support from Page and Maria Maxson, The Curavis Fund, the Mather Foundation, Mike de Gruyter, CBA, Brisbane City Council, OzHarvest and Mind Shift.

Please spread the word to your Queenslander friends, family and colleagues!

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Creative Yoga Intensive

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Our Founder and Chair Tania de Jong AM invites you to a three-day early morning yoga intensive with with Andrew Mournehis, titled: “The Colour Blue”.

The event is described as perfect for those who use their voice such as teachers, speakers, artists, performers, singers, writers or anyone in the creative arts.

When: Wednesday19 – Friday 21 February
Time: 6.30am – 8am
Location: Breathing Space Yoga Studio, 217 Chapel St, Prahran
Cost: $ 100 Full/ $85 conc.

Click here for full details or visit the website www.divinegrace.com.au

Tania at TEDx: How singing together changes the brain

News just in! Here’s an awesome video of our Founder and Chair Tania de Jong AM presenting this month at TEDxMelbourne on How Singing Together Changes the Brain.

In her presentation, Tania talks about creativity as the strategic tool of the 21st century! How do we unleash this creativity? Singing together in a With One Voice choir.

Please watch, enjoy and broadly share these incredible insights into the power of song, neuroscience and the future of our communities.

We would love this video to go viral so we can help transform many more lives through our innovative With One Voice programs.

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Funding gong for singing movement

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Wow! Creativity Australia is the grateful recipient of funding through Creative Partnerships Australia! Here’s the low-down.

Creativity Australia’s Executive Director Ross Maher said the funding will be used to employ an Arts-Business Development Manager.

“The new Arts-Business Development Manager will be instrumental in building relationships with donors and will create strategic partnerships to assist Creativity Australia to fund and develop its programs and deliver on our mission to ensure diversity,” Ross said.  (more…)

Sydney Sings’ Littlest Adventurer

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From the steps of the Pitt Street Uniting Church to the banks of the Ganges, little Holly has big dreams to share the joy of song.

Julie and David and their 10-year-old daughter Holly are mainstays of New South Wales’ flagship With One Voice choir, which rehearses weekly in the Sydney CBD.

“It was wild!” Julie said of the first Sydney Sings rehearsal her family attended.

“Choirs are often sensible and straight… but this was vivacious and inspiring! We just let rip!” she said.

“My husband hadn’t done anything musical in his entire life… but he loved it. Holly said: “Wow! We’ve got to stay, Mum. This is great!” So we did.”

Sydney Sings embraces a wealth of colourful characters, from people living on the streets to people who are running corporations.

“Liz (the vibrant conductor) has a holistic approach that gets you to step out of your head and into a community,” Julie said.

“It’s not just warming the voice up… it’s warming up the whole body and mind.

“It’s a whole new world for Holly. A brilliant world. For her, this has been a real learning exercise… understanding that we’re not all the same; understanding that there are people who have great qualities, and they may not have a home; and understanding homeless doesn’t just mean “on the street”.

“Holly’s education there has been huge. And she’s taken that to school, talking to children about her wonderful choir.”

At our 2013 With One BIG Voice concert, Holly led Sydney Sings with a solo of John Lennon’s Imagine and Julian Lennon’s Saltwater in front of an audience of 2,000 people at the Melbourne Town Hall.

As if this wasn’t exciting enough for a 10-year-old, Holly soon got to share this song much further afield.

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Joyful festive wishes

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From all the team at Creativity Australia, conductors, volunteers and choir participants… thank you for your support of the With One Voice program during 2013. We’ve had an amazing year.

In 2014, join us on the next chapter of our singing movement, which will see the launch of new choirs in Altona Meadows (VIC), Redfern (NSW) and Brisbane, our flagship choir in Queensland.

To continue and improve our programs, and ensure they are open to all people, we appreciate your continued support. If you can donate, bring a friend or simply spread the word… you are playing an essential role in the development of one of Australia’s top social innovations.

Let’s work together to empower individuals and build supportive communities nationwide in 2014 and beyond!

Wishing you and yours a magical festive season, filled with the joy of song.

Choirs will resume for 2014 in the first week of February.

Emotional sunshine

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“I have been attending Melbourne Sings at the Sofitel for over a year but only on an irregular basis because of work commitments. I am now delighted to be retired and so can do all sorts of other things, one of which is to get to a choir at least once a week.

I wanted to let you and of course the wonderful Shaun and the Creativity Australia team know that being able to get to choir is incredibly important to me. I relocated to Melbourne from Brisbane a couple of years ago and after going to the concert at the Melbourne Town Hall, started coming to the choir.

What I realise is that I want and need to be part of something greater that myself and have searched around to see where I can fit and make a contribution. I am navigating this new chapter in my life.

Every time I have been able to come back to Melbourne Sings I am filled with joy and I have given this joy a name and I call it emotional sunshine.

So I  thank you and wish all of you the best for this festive season and look forward to an emotionally sunshine filled 2014 with lots of singing, of course!”

Ely

Beth & JD dream big

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This year, Beth had one big wish… to stand up. Last night, Melbourne Sings choir was honoured to celebrate this achievement at their rehearsal.

Beth, one of Melbourne Sings’ oldest and most enthusiastic members, has cerebral palsy. Her infectious love of life bring us joy every week. We can’t wait to see what she does next.

This Saturday, the Moonee Valley City Council are launching a documentary featuring Beth, in celebration of the International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD). Click here for details.

Also last night at Melbourne Sings, the wonderful JD, whose smiling face (below) graces our With One Voice postcards, played for the choir a song of his own composition, inspired by his love for Australia.

JD lived in China during the reign of Mao Zedong, and his stories inspire and fascinate his fellow choir participants.

Last night, JD thanked the choir, especially Shaun and Peter, for helping him bring this big wish to fruition. Click here to hear JD’s beautiful song.

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