History of the Sydney Street Choir

“A creative, supportive & nurturing community that sings and performs”

The Sydney Street Choir was originally formed by Jonathan Welch in 2001 and continues to be a very creative and supportive musical community, performing dozens of times a year, rehearsing twice weekly and producing CDs, theatre projects, tours, corporate workshops and much more.

“Music can make the difference between isolation & interaction.”

The Choir performed to a variety of audiences and venues including City Recital Hall, the Barangaroo stage Darling Harbour, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Town Hall, Melbourne Town Hall, Sydney Conference Centre, The Basement Club, and at welfare, community and corporate events around NSW.

Choir members have toured to remote Northern Territory, Melbourne and country NSW locations to share their unique community spirit and joyful song, never failing to uplift and inspire audiences everywhere.

The choir has appeared many times on radio and TV, including the Footy Show on Channel 9, Crack Up ABC TV Special, Compass on ABC TV, ABC 702 Radio, 2UE, and 2CH.

In 2011 at PACT Theatre, the choir performed a theatre show called 'Into the Light', a story that shares memories, hopes and inspiration. The choir left the audience moved, uplifted and thankful for the little things that mak life worth living. It was a poignant and moving slice of life account of beating the odds to emerge healthy in body, mind and spirit

Members of the Sydney Street Choir are living testament to the changes that can be made in people’s lives through the power of song and the support of a community. Geoff Wood of ABC Radio’s The Rhythm Divine refers to the Choir’s power to work magic with their audiences.

"...I first heard the choir recording songs in one of our studios. I was there for three hours, mesmerised by the joy that each choir member brought to their singing. Every time the Sydney Street Choir sings, it's done with complete conviction and strength, and it also reminds us all that when you have no home and a song is your only possession, music can be a real life-line."