Through passionate and honest expression, they have inspired audiences around Australia with their uplifting performances.
The Choir has been running since 2001. It was created by Jonathon Welch (Choir of Hard Knocks) and it is 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.
They have recorded a number of CDs, created three original theatre projects and performed with celebrities such as Dami Im, Deni Hines, Angry Anderson, Leo Sayer and others.
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.
More than 75% of members who leave the choir after joining do so because they have returned to the workforce or have begun full time study and can no longer attend daytime rehearsals.
The effect choir membership has on its members is a testament to the positive impact this program can make in the lives of individuals often found living on the fringes of our society.
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.
Performed across NSW
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.
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.