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What have the With One Voice Live Streams and Zoom sessions meant to you?

When Covid struck and we were all having to keep our distance, the weekly Zoom sessions brought us all back together as one. We could still enjoy the company of others and we were actually able to get to know each other better and share stories even though we were physically apart.

I really enjoyed the nightly live stream sessions with all the different conductors from across Australia, I didn’t know there were so many of them. I got around to all of them and I enjoyed every one – each one had a different style of teaching. I got to meet members from all around Australia online and also all around the world – it’s like having global pen pals because of the live stream – we would never have thought that could happen. It was great to connect to people everywhere who enjoy song, something I’ve never been able to do before.

 

What does it mean to be part of the With One Voice Brisbane Volunteer Team.

When I was growing up, I was separated from everyone. I feel like I’m part of a team now and if I can do my bit and help out, I like that very much. It’s a nice feeling to be part of a team. Before I was just a loner, I was doing my own thing. Everyone knows me now! It’s a lovely feeling.

 

What is it that made you want to join With One Voice Brisbane.

I was dragged here by my big sister (laughs) who was a member of the choir. She knew what I was going through and with me being a loner, she said I had to get out and make something of my life. Previously I had seen the choir when they were performing and she dragged me on the stage and I sang with them. When I came along to that first rehearsal, I felt like I was accepted and everyone embraced me. I’ve never experienced being embraced in my whole life. Throughout my life, a lot of people have tried to change me and I couldn’t do it, I had to be true to myself.

That night, I went away happy and I thought, ‘I’ve got to go back, I have to get happy’.

 

What did it feel like coming back together as a choir in-person?

Relief. Such relief. I loved the Zoom and also the Live Stream but I missed the connection in the room. Even though we are now spaced out apart, we’re still back as a choir, hearing each others voices and being physically together and there’s nothing like it.

 

In short what does With One Voice Brisbane mean to you?

Happiness.

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