Why support us?

Many choir members have experienced periods of homelessness or other social difficulties and the Choir provides friendship, focus and family when they most need it.

Our Social Welfare support program helps our members with issues such as housing, domestic violence, financial welfare or employment. We offer direct assistance, including counselling and individualised support, as well as referrals to other support services.

The Street Choir currently runs 3 choir programs - at Redfern, Liverpool and at the Dillwynia Women's Prison - and has over 100 members who sing with the choir every week.

The Choir has been running since 2001

The longest running choir programme of its type in Australia. The choir keeps a busy rehearsal and performance schedule, including tours to the Northern Territory, Melbourne and regional NSW.

A few choir achievements

Formed in 2010

The Sydney Street Choir was originally formed by Jonathan Welch in 2010 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.

Performance Highlight

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, The Basement, Cygnet Folk Festival (TAS), Tamworth Country Music Festival, Melbourne International Singers Festival and at community and corporate events around NSW.

Touring and Media appearances

Choir members have toured to remote Northern Territory, Melbourne, Tasmania, Tamworth 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.

Meet the Board

Although the Sydney Street Choir has been operating as a community based choir for over ten years, the Sydney Street Choir Foundation was not formed until 2010. The Foundation’s role is to provide administrative, legal, governance, and financial support to the Choir to keep the Choir programme alive and well.

The objective (both long and short term) of the Sydney Street Choir Foundation is to operate a choir for the principal purpose of benefitting people experiencing disadvantage (whether due to homelessness, poverty, mental Illness, depression or otherwise) through social interaction and community building. Sydney Street Choir Foundation is a registered charity with tax-deductible status. A small volunteer board manages the Choir programme by providing professional skills.

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