For 10 years, Tania de Jong has been helping connect people from different walks of life and continues striving to assist marginalised Victorians find their voice through song. Along with a few members of the With One Voice (WOV) choir, de Jong made headlines last week. Seven News recognised the ‘Inspiring Melbournian’s’ hard work and commitment to the WOV choir, whose 200 members will raise the roof off Melbourne Town Hall on 2 December in celebration of the group’s 10th Anniversary.
The group gathers once a week and shares the joy of singing, with some members describing the socially inclusive project as the highlight of their week. Performing uplifting songs and sharing meaningful stories of hope, harmony, inclusion and inspiration, this group of diverse individuals is much a family as it is a choir.
Tania is a global expert and TED talk speaker that travels the world to teach others about the positive impact that singing can have on lives. Apart from being good for our health and well-being, community singing has been proven to improve mental health and combat social isolation. ‘I’m just excited to see the weekly miracles that occur when you connect people who are very diverse,’ says de Jong.
Thanks to the generosity of With One Voice, COTA Victoria is giving away 30 tickets to this special event, one filled with inspiring stories, songs and sing-alongs from the With One Voice massed choirs from all around Australia. In attendance will be Lord Mayor Sally Capp, as well as special guests Tania de Jong AM (Founder of Creativity Australia and International Soprano), Alan Fletcher (Dr. Karl from Neighbours) and Lydia Griffiths (Les Miserable & The Royal Variety Performance).
This is your chance to win! Win a ticket to ‘With One BIG Voice’ 10th Anniversary Concert at Melbourne Town Hall on 2 December at 3:00pm. Simply share this newsletter by email or social media and send us a screenshot of it by email at email@example.com. The first 30 emails will get a ticket to the concert!
If you’ve not attended one of the With One Voice concerts before, here is a short video to give you a taste of what to expect.
General Admission: $25, Concession: $15 and children 5 and under go free.
All funds raised at the event go towards helping those in need.
Creativity Australia has grants of up to $10k for those interested in starting their own WOV choir. For more information visit Creativity Australia.