United through singing

Whether you are vocally blessed, an inexperienced singer, active community member, or feeling isolated, the Latrobe Valley Community Choir is welcoming you to its ranks.

It hopes at least 150 people will join together in song for a spectacular community performance in March that everyone can watch at Traralgon’s Victory Park.

“We live so quick and sometimes we even don’t know who our neighbours are,” choir member Tineke Westwood said.

“The main message is communicate and you make that connection and then you can celebrate together through singing, or whatever you do.”

The Street Requiem, conceived by Dr Jonathon Welch and written in collaboration with Dr Kathleen McGuire and Andy Payne, will be performed on 5 March.

It’s a new choral work that aims to bring a sense of peace, remembrance and hope to communities struggling to come to terms with street violence.

Workshops are underway for interested singers, with about 60 people attending the first one last month.

“It’s open to everybody. We ask them to invite somebody to go along with them,” Tineke said.

“It’s not about one voice, it’s all our voices together. That’s what this Valley needs. We need beautiful things, positive things to build on.”

Now, the choir is turning its attention to the next workshop on 17 January at Moe Town Hall, where it hopes even more people will get on board.

It costs $50 to participate in the full program including music, workshops and performances.

The choir is also welcoming sponsorship of singers.

The project is a partnership between the choir, the School of Hard Knocks and Latrobe City Council.

Anybody interested in registering for the January workshop can email info@lvcchoir.com.au or phone 0427 955 009.