Free community concert Saturday

Latrobe Valley Community Choir is hosting a free community concert on Saturday at the Victory Park sound shell, Traralgon.

For the first time in the Latrobe Valley a work called Street Requiem, conceived by the creator of the School of Hard Knocks, Dr Jonathon Welch AM, and composed in collaboration with Dr Kathleen McGuire and Andy Payne, will be performed by a choir of more than 200 voices.

The choir was formed in November for all singers in the community who wished to participate in this program.

Weekly workshops have been given by Dr Welch and Dr McGuire to prepare the singers.

These workshops culminate in this free public performance.

“Our singers and a combined primary school children’s choir of Latrobe Valley will be joined by members of the now famous Choir of Hard Knocks in their 10th anniversary year, as well as singers from “THECHO!R” and Voices of Casey, bringing these groups seamlessly together in a model of social inclusion,” an event spokesperson said.

The first half of the concert will begin at 5.45pm, with a selection of Latrobe Valley community choirs singing followed by the Choir of Hard Knocks.

Street Requiem will begin at 7.30pm.

After the concert people can stay and enjoy Beyond Hard Knocks, the film/documentary of the Choir of Hard Knocks, on a large movie screen.

Soloists on the evening are Dr Welch and local singer Esther Capitanio.

A string orchestra of local musicians will provide the accompaniment.

For children, the train ride in Newman Park is available from noon until 4pm.

Koko the Clown will also be entertaining the community.

Take along chairs or blankets and a picnic for a 5.45pm start.

Food and refreshment will be available to purchase.

Money raised will go back into the community.

For more information phone Tineke Westwood on 0427 955 009 or email