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Jonathon Welch Farewells Choir of Hard Knocks in 'Seasons of Love' concert

Fri May 10 2019

After 13 years at the helm of Australia's most famous and loved, award winning choir - the Choir of Hard Knocks, Dr Jonathon Welch AM will give his Melbourne farewell concert Seasons of Love at Melbourne Town Hall on Sun June 2, 2019 at 2pm.

"It has been the most amazing journey of my life and such an honour to lead this extraordinary ensemble since its inception in September 2006 that began as a construct for ABC TV. From such humble beginnings I never imagined it would have the tsunami like response from the public here in Australia when the documentary went to air. It has inspired so many people to sing and the creation of so many choirs around the world. I couldn't be prouder" said Dr Welch.

Under his patient guidance and superb musical leadership, the Choir of Hard Knocks went on to become the only performing troupe in Australian music history to be awarded the highest music, entertainment and television accolades including an ARIA, Logie and Helpmann award in the same year.

"It has been a huge responsibility though and has placed many demands on my personal and professional life over the years, as the choir has had their own share of 'hard knocks'.

But together we have shown that anything is possible as the choir has become more independent and continued to grow their beautiful positive voice for those who are marginalised, homeless and disadvantaged in the community.

My wonderful husband Matt and I have now also become the proud parents of two wonderful young boys, so we have some new priorities that we must focus on.

I have also just launched my exciting new charity 'Play It Forward' that will become the legacy of my experience and work over the past 20 years, as I create even more amazing inclusive arts programs for all Australians.

I feel like this is really my life's work and purpose now and has only just begun in earnest. I have so much to thank Choir of Hard Knocks members for their daily inspiration, love and support.

They will always be my 'footprint in the sand' and I will always be their Number One Fan and be there to support them in whatever way I can" said Dr Welch emotionally.

Seasons of Love will be a wonderful musical retrospective and celebration of the time Jonathon and the Choir of Hard Knocks have been together, as they celebrate on stage with fabulous musical friends the hilariously talented and funny Jan van de Stool, Danielle Matthews, the Play It Forward massed choirs and other special surprise guests!

We can't wait to see you on June 2 to help celebrate Jonathon's 13 remarkable years of service and also to show the Choir of Hard Knocks we are there to support them on their new journey and share more Seasons of Love!

Tickets from $28 to $48

All proceeds will go to help keep the choir singing!

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‘New Choral Composition Prize accepting entries’

 Bel a cappella’s inaugural Prize takes Australian music travelling

 Sydney chamber choir Bel a cappella will mark Music Director Anthony Pasquill’s 10 year anniversary with the choir with a tour to Russia and the Baltic in 2021. In early April they launched an initiative linked to the tour that promises to showcase new Australian music to the world.

The Bel a cappella Choral Composition Prize will award 3 Australian composers $1500 each for original a cappella choral works for up to 8 voice parts.  

Each of the 3 winning works will have its world premiere in one of the cities in the 2021 tour (to be chosen by the awarded composer), including St Petersburg, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallin and Riga. Their Australian premiere will be at the next concert Bel performs upon their return to Australia.

Pasquill believes that Australian choral music certainly has the capacity to match the depth and breadth of that being composed and performed in the traditional choral music countries of northern Europe and this Prize will give him and Bel a cappella the opportunity to demonstrate that.

Choir president Bruce Watson says, "When we launched our fundraising campaign for this Prize we were excited about creating an opportunity to bring new Australian choral music to the world. Now we also know we'll be supporting some local composers through this terrible time when so much work for musicians has vanished." 

Bel a cappella believes their Choral Composition Prize will make a big difference to composers in this difficult time for the Arts across the globe, providing both a sense of creative purpose and significant prize money to the three awarded composers.

Bel a cappella Choral Composition Prize

ELIGIBILITY: The Prize is open to any individual who is a permanent resident of Australia or Australian citizen. There is no age limit.



A panel of jurors will review entries and award the 3 Prizes on July 31, 2020

Information/ Web:

Contact: Pepe Newton | Publicity Officer |  | m 0412 548 703

See the attached flyer for more information. 



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