Dolly Diamond in full swing at Federation Square.
Federation Square’s amphitheatre played host to a choir made up of With One Voice members from around Victoria on Friday, 23 October.
The choir, supported by Neighbours favourite Alan Fletcher, and interactive experience from DekDrum’s David Kirsner, treated the audience to a sneak peak of the gala event, With One BIG Voice, to be held at Melbourne’s Town Hall on Sunday, 8 November. Master of ceremonies Dolly Diamond delighted those in attendance and kept them in stitches as passers-by were treated to such favourites as ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’, ‘Singin’ In The Rain’, and a Beatles medley to name but a few.
The hour-long performance offered a taste of what guests can expect at the Town Hall, which also acts as the climax of Sing for Good campaign.
With One BIG Voice Gala Concert
Sunday 8 November, 3.00PM – 5.45PM
Melbourne Town Hall, cnr Swanston & Collins Streets
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. Donations raised help people in need through Creativity Australia’s With One Voice program.
Every week, Creativity Australia’s 14 With One Voice choirs inspire people from more than 40 nationalities, aged 9 to 90, to sing side-by-side. Age, race, language, religion, disability and disadvantage fade away. Everyone is welcome.
Creativity Australia believes unleashing a community’s collective creative potential can achieve incredible social and economic outcomes. When diverse voices sing together, people can more easily connect to whatever they need in life… friends, mentors, wellbeing, new skills, self-esteem, employment and more.
Those in the audience at Friday’s Federation Square singalong were heard to comment that the choir sang “with such a beautiful spirit”, and that “it’s events like these that make Melbourne the world’s most liveable city”. While many joined in with the singing, even those that couldn’t stop commented on the abundant joy and passion in the voices.
The With One Voice program builds bridges of understanding between diverse people, and complements specific intervention programs of other charities and organisations.
“Neuroscience proves singing connects the neural pathways in the brain differently and releases endorphins, making people healthier, happier, smarter and more creative. From this position, people are more capable of asking for, receiving and giving help,” Founder and Chair, Tania de Jong said.
“Empowered individuals and supportive communities are better placed to solve society’s big challenges, such as cross-cultural integration, unemployment, mental illness, low economic productivity, skills shortages, loneliness and isolation, family fragmentation, homelessness and more,” she said.
“This is why we’re the passionate leaders of a singing movement… to strengthen communities, improve wellbeing and change the world, one voice at a time!
Creativity Australia is a charity. All donations are fully tax-deductible.