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Journeys : Dec Jan 2010
Helen Todd Many of us have been inspired by an idea, an event, or a chance encounter. So what happens when you follow your inspiration? In Jenny Chapman's case it was the creation of the Choir of High Hopes Hobart, a choir dedicated to helping disadvantaged Tasmanians reconnect with their community through singing. In the winter of 2007, Jenny was recovering from surgery and uncharacteristically had time on her hands. She had seen the ABC Television series featuring the Choir of Hard Knocks and its jour ney under Jonathon Welch. Knowing Jonathon was soon to visit Hobart, she contacted him, gained his valuable advice and support and the initial idea began to take shape. Jenny appealed for support from the local community and it was soon forthcoming. She approached a musical colleague, Helen Todd, to partner her and in October 2007 the choir held its first rehearsal under Jenny and Helen's musical direction. Reclink, the not-for-profit organisation behind the Choir of Hard Knocks, offered financial support, as did other agencies and individuals who empathise with disadvantage and social inclusion. Like- minded persons offered (and continue to offer) their time and energy as volunteers. Christmas 2007 saw the Choir of High Hopes Hobart singing carols in the Hobart Mall and its members savoured the taste and sound of public appreciation. For many of the thirty people who sang that day, it was the first time they had been applauded. Since that day, many more have joined the choir -- fifty regularly attend rehearsals -- and there are currently 170 on the choir's books. The choir performs regularly in and around Hobart, including a sell-out concert at the Theatre Royal and performances at the Concert Hall, the Playhouse Theatre and the Der went Entertainment Centre. With the support of ABC Radio, it has also recorded a Christmas CD. More recently it has entered the corporate world, singing at staff training workshops and corporate events. These activities are enabling the choir to begin to support itself financially, which is one of its organisational goals. Repairing damaged lives through song Two members, Nikki and Robert, offered to share their thoughts to give Motor News Journeys readers some insight into what it means to belong to the choir. Robert has been with the choir since its inception. He enjoys the companionship the choir offers and has made many new friends. He believes his life skills, confidence and his voice have all improved enormously and he is lear ning about leading by example and more about helping others. Nikki was working in the community ser vices sector with young people 'at risk' when she became aware of Jenny Chapman's initiative. In 2008 she joined the choir and says that on her first day she saw 'an exquisite ar ray of people ... like looking into a colourful bag of liquorice allsorts ... bright, tasty and tantalising. I loved it.' Nikki loves singing and performing and appreciates how the choir creates community and connection regardless how well (or badly) they sing. Nikki also relishes the chance to build on her perfor mance skills. Robert and Nikki both say that being a member of the choir is a special experience. How to contact the choir w w w.choirofhighhope s.com Em ail admin@choirofhighhope s.com The choir meets each Tuesday at Scots Uniting Church Hall, 29 Bathurst Street, Hobart at 1.30pm. You can assist the choir by buying their Christmas CD A Rough Diamond Christmas. The CD is available through all R ACT branches at the special price of $10. Would you or your organisation like to book the Choir of High Hopes Hobart to entertain you or assist with your corporate function or special event? Visit the website, call or email. The choir at their CD launch. Helen Todd (front, fourth from left) and Jenny Chapman (front, seventh from left) Karen Brown Photography RACT Board election results The Annual General Meeting of the R ACT on 11 November saw the re-election of four retiring Directors. Seven candidates contested the four vacant positions. We congratulate the successful candidates -- Jo Archer, David Catchpole, Stuart Slade and Kathryn Westwood. The R ACT thanks all candidates for their interest in standing for election to the Board. In our community 5 December 09 / January 10
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