The Choir of High Hopes presents Journeys in Burnie

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Get ready to be inspired.

The Choir of High Hopes will perform their new concert Journeys, at the Burnie Arts & Function Centre on Wednesday 2 October 2013 at 6pm.

The Choir of High Hopes is dedicated to helping people cope with disadvantage in its many forms. This inclusive choir welcomes everyone and involves Tasmanians that are homeless, unemployed, suffer drug and alcohol issues, mental and physical disabilities, injustice, social isolation and poverty.

Deputy Mayor Sandra French said, “The Choir of High Hopes is modelled on Jonathon Welch’s Choir of Hard Knocks, now known as the Choir of Hope and Inspiration, which gained national attention from an ABC documentary.

“Singing together allows the Tasmanian choir of disadvantaged people to become united. The songs uplift the singers, inspire audiences and enrich the community. We are thrilled to have the Choir of High Hopes present their show in Burnie. The spirit of this group is undeniable and should not be missed.”

Journeys is a musical theatrical performance telling the story of the choir and its members as they delve deeply into their past to reflect on what has occurred and how their lives have been enhanced by their involvement with the choir.

The performance has been devised and developed under the guidance of a team of music and theatre professionals who have mentored, encouraged and shaped the multitude of ideas offered by members during workshops, rehearsals and informal time together. Of special note are the original songs written collaboratively by the choir.

Burnie Arts & Function Centre Director Geoff Dobson said, “The Choir of High Hopes provides its members with a place to meet each week, share stories, have a meal, make friends and find support. Their performances are heartfelt and full of passion.

“Along with the performance there is an exhibition in the foyer at the Burnie Arts & Function Centre displaying works by the choir members.”

This event is supported by the arts UNEARTHED program. The arts UNEARTHED program, in partnership with MMG is a program that provides access to quality arts experiences for the community through audience development activities, workshops and opportunities to exhibit and perform.

Special Seniors Week deal! Show your Seniors Card and pay only $8 for a ticket for seniors to celebrate Seniors Week, plus drinks and nibbles after the show.

For ticket information, please contact the box office 6430 5850 (Mon - Fri. 9am - 5pm) or visit www.burniearts.net

For further information please contact

Libby Dobson
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: ldobson@burnie.net