Thousands of singers – from beginners to professionals – will participate in a nationwide singalong against domestic violence on 29 July. The event, which is part of the 2017 Queensland Music Festival (QMF), is the initiative of artistic director Katie Noonan. It will take the form of a concert at South Bank Piazza, Brisbane, culminating in a performance of John Farnham’s ‘You’re The Voice’ involving 2,000 people, including Noonan alongside other well-known vocalists. Individuals and choirs across Australia are invited to join via live stream and social media.
‘John’s iconic song of 30 years ago is more pertinent than ever,’ said Noonan. ‘Sung through the filter of our domestic and family violence crisis, lyrics like, “This time we all can stand together, with the power to be powerful believing we can make it better”, are incredibly apt. We all can stand together and commit to caring for each other.’
Directing the project is Dr Jonathon Welch AM, artistic director of Melbourne’s Choir of Hard Knocks. He will host a choral directors’ workshop on Saturday 29 April and conduct the finale concert. He said, ‘Our School of Hard Knocks “No Excuses” women’s choir program has had a huge impact. Many of the women have experienced family violence, saying that the music has given them a voice and empowered them to start healing and turn their lives around through shared singing.’
Meanwhile, the Honourable Quentin Bryce AD, CVO is patron. She said, ‘We all have power to be part of the solution, to raise our voices against violence and affect true change in our communities.’ Also supporting You’re The Voice are Vanessa Fowler, sister of Allison Baden-Clay; the Allison Baden-Clay Foundation; Rosie Batty; the Luke Batty Foundation; and DVConnect.
Both individual and choirs can register online via the QMF website. Those unable to attend the concert in Brisbane can host a local event, send a video or join via livestream.