Australia’s longest running choir for the homeless and socially disadvantaged, the Sydney Street Choir, offered its members the trip of a lifetime, they flew to Hobart on January 9th 2019 courtesy of Virgin Australia and performing at some of Tasmania’s iconic cultural events including the MONA Museum and the Cygnet Folk Festival.
The Sydney Street Choir, led by Director James Paul, aims to empower its members by providing them with a safe and nurturing environment while also providing opportunities to engage with the wider community. The Tasmania tour provided an unforgettable experience for the choir members, many of whom rarely have the opportunity to travel.
“The choir has given me a chance to sing in front of huge crowds – I love it!” says Mary, a long-term choir member. “It feels so good to be on stage and for people to clap and cheer. It makes up for some of the harder things in life,” she goes on to say. “The choir gives me hope and courage.”
As a thankyou to Virgin Australia for their generous support of the Sydney Street Choir, The choir sung “I can see clearly now” with Virgin staff and ground crew at the Virgin Australia Domestic Departures Terminal at 12.45pm on January 9th 2019.
The choir also performed at the MONA Museum, Cygnet Folk Festival, Salamanca Markets, Hobart Farmers Market and did media calls throughout their stay in Tasmania from January 9th to the 13th.