The Launceston Choir of High hopes operates in conjunction with the City Mission.
The choir is looking for a pianist who is able to give support and relief to our current pianist. The choir is run on a voluntary basis and meets each week in the City Mission chapel, Frederick Street, Launceston on Wednesdays from 10 am to 12 pm. Choir members are a diverse mix of talents and backgrounds. It is a place where people come, not only to sing, but to find acceptance and friendship.Any musician needs to be flexible and be able to accompany the choir for performances. Anyone interested in applying is welcome to attend a rehearsal, observe the choir and discuss options. Other musicians are welcome too.
For further information contact City Mission Head Office (03) 6335 3000 or Coordinator, Merelyn Briton, directly on (03) 63340965 or 0401 665 990
Between January and July 2007 the Choir of Hard Knocks was televised on the ABC. Over the following months (July – September 07) Merelyn Briton through her work as a volunteer at City Mission, reflected that she saw people at City Mission in the same light as those performing in the Choir of Hard Knocks. From those thoughts evolved a group of like-minded people coming together on the 5th September 2007 to eventually form a Choir Steering Committee.
From that initial community meeting interest grew and over the next few short months a choir formed and became known as Launceston’s Choir of High Hopes.
The aim of the Choir is to provide an avenue for community members, as a result of homelessness, disability, mental health issues, social isolation, etc to develop confidence, self-worth, self-esteem and encourage peer support, consequently enhancing their social integration and inclusion within their local community.
City Mission aims to provide those with an interest in music and singing an outlet to explore, develop and awaken their gifts through music and song by participation in the "Choir of High Hopes".
The choir meets and practises each Wednesday in the City Mission’s Chapel, Frederick St Launceston, between 10-12 pm.
The Autumn concert held on 29th March at the City Baptist Church saw the Choir of High Hopes in full voice as they raised much-needed funds for the Marudyan Society. The entry fee of a gold coin donation will support children in India to receive an education and wholesome food.
City Mission’s Brian Roach started proceedings by welcoming those in attendance. From there the Choir sang “Around the world”, “New York, New York” and many other songs that would be familiar to all. Singcognito also entertained with an African Medley and Samoan Folk Song.
Guest artist, David Bye sang "The Impossible Dream" and a duet with Krystal from the choir; an inspirational rendition of "You Raise Me Up".
Together with guest organist, Lyndal van Zetten, the Choir sang a selection of Sacred Songs with John adding to the music with his trumpet playing.
The concert concluded with a rousing rendition of "Jerusalem". The organ music was terrific and the Choir was fortunate to have the services of such a capable organist.
Barry conducted the Choir in his usual capable manner.
The Choir performed recently at the Launceston launch of the Pollies Bike Ride at the Albert Hall in Launceston. Amongst the VIP’s present was our very own Prime Minister, The Hon. Tony Abbott PM.
The choir sang the National Anthem and their signature tune, High Hopes.
The Hon. Tony Abbott PM was seated in the audience and was seen to be singing along and enjoying himself. By all accounts, it was a great launch!
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