Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir will be performing for the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse community at a pop-up concert in the foyer on Saturday 6 August at 2.30 p.m. The café will be open for refreshments.
The Sydney Gay is Lesbian Choir is a powerful symbol of diversity, inclusion and harmony. It welcomes members regardless of their sexual identity or musical experience. Its repertoire is equally diverse, ranging from classical to pop, and from music theatre to contemporary Australian compositions.
President of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir Neil Hendry said the choir has provided the soundtrack to countless community events and celebrations over the years, and has regularly represented Sydney on the national and international stage.
“SGLC is excited to be performing at the Chris O`Brien Lifehouse. We know the importance of music in self-expression, and many choir members have used music and song to share their personal journeys with family and friends. Music lets us share joy and sadness, hopes and fears, and connect in a really powerful way,” Mr Hendry said.
“We’re celebrating our 25th anniversary this year by connecting with as many different communities as possible. We’ve recently been on tour to regional NSW and performed in Wagga Wagga and Young,” Mr Henry said.
Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Music Therapist Vanessa Couper said there are many benefits from singing, both physically, emotionally and socially. “Singing can lower stress and anxiety, recharge your immune system and enhance mood and wellbeing.”
Vanessa, along with Health Musician and pianist extraordinaire Robert Teicher, have recently started the Lifehouse choir. It meets on Thursdays from 12.15 p.m. till 1.15 p.m. in the Radiation Oncology Main Meeting Room. Repertoire will include popular songs from all eras.
The music therapy pilot program at Lifehouse will be officially launched with the Institute for Creative Health and the Susan and Isaac Wakil Foundation on Wednesday August 10.
“Singing is an ageless enjoyment and you’re never too young or old. No auditions or prior training needed to join the Lifehouse choir, all patients, carers and staff are welcome,” said Vanessa.
“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
– Berthold Auerbach