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Lina’s story

“When I came to Australia I didn’t even know about community choirs, but then I found one and they became my family.”
Lina shared with us her story of joining With One Voice St Kilda and the joy that she gets from being part of the choir.

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Drift Away: National With One Voice choir project

We are beyond thrilled to announce the release of our first national With One Voice Australia choir project! 24 choirs from all over the country have come together to create a stunning rendition of Mentor Williams’ “Drift Away”!

These incredible choirs, part of the With One Voice network, poured their hearts and souls into their performances, and the result is a powerful, united voice that will give you chills. Check out the final video and let the beautiful harmonies and uplifting spirit drift you away! Our network of community choirs welcome absolutely everyone. We’re rehearsing weekly with more than 1200 members across the country!

Find a choir near you: www.withonevoice.org.au/choirs
Donate to keep our choirs singing: www.creativityaustralia.org.au/donate

Thanks to all the choirs that took part:
With One Voice Mt Druitt
With One Voice Greater Dandenong
With One Voice Geelong
With One Voice Break O’Day
With One Voice Chatswood
With One Voice Redfern Choir
With One Voice Mornington
With One Voice Melbourne
With One Voice Bayswater
With One Voice Brisbane
With One Voice Hobson’s Bay
With One Voice Wyndham
With One Voice Kingston Park
With One Voice North East VIC
With One Voice St Kilda
With One Voice Riverina
With One Voice Whitehorse
With One Voice Sydney
With One Voice Sunbury
With One Voice Canberra
With One Voice Ashburton
With One Voice Perth
With One Voice Mackay
With One Voice Ballarat

A Current Affair: The network of community choir groups tackling loneliness through singing

We were featured on A Current Affair! They came along to our Geelong choir and had a chat to some members about how the choir has helped them find community and connection.


Click here to read more!

Interested in joining a With One Voice choir? Click here to find a choir near you!

Interested in supporting us to keep our choirs running? Click here to donate!

Rodney’s story

Rodney has been a member of With One Voice Geelong for 5 years. We sat down with him to have a chat about his experience with our choir.

“It is a very safe space for people who feel somehow vulnerable, somehow like they can’t sing, somehow like they don’t belong.”

Watch the video below to learn more!

Support With One Voice choir by donating

9 News Melbourne: Combating social isolation through choir

9 News Melbourne came to visit With One Voice Ashburton! Watch their wonderful story below to hear from our members how much the choir means to them.

ArtsHub: Community choir battling loneliness and isolation

ArtsHub has published a fabulous article about our With One Voice program and our fight against the loneliness epidemic.

“As its name suggests, With One Voice champions for music and singing as a point of connection that overcomes barriers of language, backgrounds or politics.”

Read the full article here.

2023 Pillars of Light festival

On the 8th of December, members from our choirs all across Melbourne came together to perform at the Pillars of Light festival in Federation Square. Pillars of Light is an inclusive, multicultural celebration of Hanukkah.

The joint choirs were led by our conductors Kym Dillon (WOV Geelong & Ashburton), Elly McKinnon (WOV Sunbury), and Lady Shaula (WOV Bayswater). Thank you to the Pillars of Light team for having us back for another year, and thank you to all the members who came along and helped make such a great performance!

Cranlana fundraising dinner

On November 21st, the Creativity Australia team, alongside our founder Tania de Jong AM and lead patron Peter Hunt AM, were thrilled to hold our annual fundraising event at Cranlana. Choir members from our Melbourne, St Kilda, Whitehorse, and Greater Dandenong choirs came together to put on a spectacular performance, led by Daniel Brinsmead and Chris Blain. The event was attended by some very generous donors who came along to learn about the With One Voice program and support our communities across Australia.

We would like to give a huge thank-you to Marigold Southey AC for opening her wonderful home to us and hosting this event. Thank you to all the donors who came along and gave so generously, and to our choir members and conductors for their hard work preparing their performance. We look forward to returning next year.

Inside a With One Voice rehearsal

Get a glimpse of what it’s like to be part of a With One Voice choir rehearsal! Thanks to WOV St Kilda for sharing their rehearsal and their stories with us.

Want to experience it for yourself? Find your nearest choir and come along!

Want to support the With One Voice program? Click here to donate.

With One Voice Melbourne CBD relaunch

After a brief hiatus over the winter months, we’re thrilled to announce that With One Voice Melbourne CBD will be relaunching on October 17th! Everyone is welcome to join us for the launch event. Come along to meet new people, join us in song, and maybe even find some community! This is a free event, and everyone is invited!

Find more details on the Facebook event here. 

The launch will be held at the choir’s brand new rehearsal venue – the chapel at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. The choir will be rehearsing there every Tuesday from 6:00pm. For more information, you can take a look at the choir’s page here. With One Voice Melbourne is a community choir that’s open to everyone – no auditions, and no experience required. Interested in joining? Come along any week you like for a free trial session!

WOV Geelong in the news!

Our With One Voice Geelong choir was recently featured on ABC News! Check out the video below for the full story, or click here to find a written version. It’s great to hear our members talking about the social connection that the choir has provided them.

The Geelong choir rehearses every Monday evening. Find more details on the choir’s page if you’re interested in coming along!

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.

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!

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