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Altona Meadows is BACK!

We’re delighted to announce that the Altona Meadows choir is BACK! Starting this Thursday (2:00 – 3:30) at the Altona Meadows Community Centre in Trafalgar Ave.

We’re also delighted to announce the incredibly talented and experienced Steph Payne has joined the With One Voice family, and will lead the newly re-formed Altona Meadows choir. Here’s what she had to say this week:

“I’m Steph Payne, the new director of the choir and we invite you to a part of the new chapter in the choir’s history.

I’ve been directing a cappella community choirs for 25 years. I remember watching a choir sing live for the first time and thinking the best place to hear that must be where the director stands and deciding that was the job for me. Once I’d experienced the beautiful feeling of singing harmonies and being part of a singing community, I wanted everyone to feel that joy too. I went off to study music and the rest is history! I am also the director of Willin Wimmin, women’s choir in Williamstown, which I’ve done for the last 8 years.

You’ll notice all directors have their own style. I teach a lot of folk, world and popular songs. There is soul, positivity and heart in the music and I can’t wait to share it with you.

We hopefully have a performance coming up! We’ve applied to sing in the Newport Fiddle & Folk Club’s upcoming Theme Night. It’s just one song but it’s so great to be a part of this fun event and to have something to work towards.

Come along on the 28th of April and see if you enjoy yourself and we’ll sort out joining properly, if you want to, once you’re there.

Term 2 begins 28 April, 2022.
Thursdays 2:00pm-3:30pm
Altona Meadows Community Centre – 28 Trafalgar Avenue, Altona Meadows.

Who is the choir for?

As always with WOV choirs, adults of all abilities, cultures, backgrounds, vocal ranges and genders are welcome. Even if you’ve never sung a note, you are welcome here.

Can you help?

We will need a couple of volunteers to help with the admin of the choir. Please let me know if you’re willing.

Spread the word!

Do you know anyone who’d like to sing? Tell them about us. Bring a friend! Attached is a jpg that can be shared on your social media feeds. We’d like to build up the choir numbers to ensure it’s longevity so we need help to find people.

Covid Safety

It is the nature of groups like ours to have some vulnerable community members who need to be protected from Covid-19, myself included. I take this quite seriously.

Please be careful to never attend when unwell, if you are a close contact or if you have any suspicion that you’ve been exposed to the virus.
Please be sure to be vaccinated and if you are more comfortable wearing a mask, that is great.
While at choir, the chairs will be spread out and I encourage everyone to avoid touching or getting close to each other.
Despite whatever rules governments may or may not have in place, looking after each other’s health and safety will remain important.

Thanks Kym Dillon!

Thank you to Kym Dillon for all of the work and music lovingly put into starting and building this community and for the support and wishing us well now. Kym remains well loved by all (she’s a tough act to follow!) and I look forward to the times the broader WOV community gathers and we get to sing all together.

I am excited to meet you all, get to know this community and help it to grow into this next phase.

Regards,
Steph Payne”

We’re so delighted to have Altona Meadows singing together once more after such a long hiatus. We hope you can make it down for a sing. Tell your friends!

NEW! Online LIVE Sessions Now Available

With social distancing and self isolation becoming our day to day reality, we at Creativity Australia wanted to ensure we were still delivering our inclusive With One Voice choir programs to our members and guests, even if we can’t be there with you in person.

In light of recent circumstances, we were forced to suspend in-person gatherings and come up with something to keep us all singing together during this time of hardship.

We enlisted the help of our amazing conductors – 16 of them to be precise, based all around Australia – to deliver LIVE online sessions every night of the week. Each weeknight, we will be offering at least two 30 minute LIVE broadcasts per night with a With One Voice Conductor. This means you have 16 different Conductors to choose from. You can tune in to as many sessions as you please and sing along at home to warms ups, tongue twisters and much loved songs.

Here’s snap (below) of Liz from Chatswood delivering her live session!

Click HERE to find out how you can join in!

With One Voice Brisbane’s Free Christmas Concert – Wynnum Municipal Hall

Come along to With One Voice Brisbane’s FREE concert in this beautiful historic hall by the bay to celebrate the Festive Season!  There will be Singalong Carols, Choir Performances and more. Afterwards please join us for a Festive Afternoon Tea (by gold coin donation).

Date: Sunday, 15 December 2019
Time: 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Venue: Wynnum Municipal Hall, 221 Bay Terrace, Wynnum, Queensland 4178
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1011236735883407

 

 

With One Voice Redfern Launch!

3..2…1….LIFT OFF!

Our With One Voice Redfern Choir led by the super talented Mary Kiani, launched last night to a warm and welcoming crowd of 120 people. These included media reporters, MP’s, friends and family. The team were thrilled with the reception and the choir serenaded the audience with their full repertoire which included Tu Tira Mai and Chasing Cars.

If you would like to know more about joining our Redfern choir or you would like to book them for an inspirational performance, head to their page for more details.

Thanks to everyone for their kind wishes.

With One Voice Redfern Page

 

Media Release – 3 more communities awarded with Seed funding grants!

We are thrilled to announce that 3 more communities have been awarded seed funding to start their own With One Voice choirs.

The recipients – Kickstart Arts in Glenorchy, Hobart TAS, St Pauls in Burwood, NSW and Ben Woodd from Croydon, Adelaide SA – will establish inclusive community choirs open to all community members, regardless of whether or not they have singing experience or ability.

The three committees will now undertake mentoring from Creativity Australia whilst they are setting up the choirs. For more information, check out the full Press Release here.

With One BIG Voice on SBS World News

Creativity Australia founder Tania de Jong AM and members of our combined choirs captured the headlines last weekend when Gareth Boreham and the SBS news team dropped by our With One BIG Voice 10th Anniversary concert rehearsal at Melbourne Town Hall.

The prime time news piece highlighted the health and social benefits of group singing as well as the positive effects of bringing communities together. Gareth also spoke to a number of our choristers about how the choir has had a positive impact on their lives and Tania spoke about our goal of growing our number of With One Voice choirs to 40 by the end of 2020.

The concert was a huge success with the audience on their feet and joining in with our massed choir of almost 200 inspirational choristers in songs such as Imagine, We are Australian and that old Johnny Farnham classic, You’re the Voice. With a warm introduction from Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Sally Capp and special guest performances from Alan Fletcher, Tania de Jong AM, Lydia Griffiths, Achai Deng and Chelsea Tjandra, it really was an event to remember.

We’d like to extend our thanks to everyone who has sent messages of congratulations and support for our ten year milestone. Here’s to the next ten!

 

With One Voice Brisbane – You’re the Voice

Inspired by the Queensland Music Festival’s pioneering “You’re The Voice” choral project; turning the tide on domestic violence.

Performed by three community choirs: Freedom Train, Mixed Beans multicultural choir & With One Voice Brisbane, conducted by Cath Mundy, with guest soloist Trish Lucas.

Sing For Good 2017 is now open!

About Sing for Good

Sing for Good aims to get communities singing for joy in every postcode of Australia and beyond. Families, workplaces, schools, sports teams… everyone is welcome.

  1. sing with a group (two or more)
  2. enter your video
  3. vote, donate + celebrate

There are heaps of categories, plus prizes for winners,

Donations raised help people in need through Creativity Australia’s With One Voice program.

How to help:

With One Voice welcomes people aged 9 to 90, from all cultures and backgrounds. Through the Wish List, diverse people grant each other wishes like music lessons, language tuition and jobs. Swinburne University research showed 98% of With One Voice choir participants experienced less stress, 91% improved social bonds and 66% feel less depressed. The program has also been named in Anthill’s SMART 100 social innovations in 2015, 2014 and 2013.

Do good. Feel good. Register now at www.singforgood.org

Royal Freemasons (Wantirna) Sing for Good Entry

Hey everyone check out the Royal Freemasons (Wantirna) Sing for Good entry.

Following on from last year’s smash hit entry ‘Black Socks’, With One Voice Royal Freemasons Eastern Choir presents this sensational Seekers medley! Enjoy!

Greater Dandenong Sing for Good Entry

Hey everyone check out the Greater Dandenong Sing for Good entry.

We are a group – no – a family of people from diverse backgrounds who get together to celebrate the healing and unifying power of song. We like to share a song, a story and a laugh each week and we know how important these connections are to each one of us and we want the same opportunities to be available for everyone.

Sydney Sing for Good Entry

Hey everyone check out the Sydney Sing for Good entry.

Singing weekly is our chance to have fun, meet new people and forget about the challenges and dramas of life. Gathered around the piano we love being part of our community and sharing the joy of song!

Altona Meadows Sing for Good Entry

Hey everyone check out the Altona Meadows Sing for Good entry.

We’re a choir who rehearse at an aged care facility — Benetas St. George’s. The choir includes residents as well as members of the community, and through rehearsals as well as performances music lights up the lives of all who participate. We specialise in the great classics of the 40s – 60s, and we love to get a bit silly too…

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