Sing your way to happiness

The Ashburton With One Voice Choir at the Burwood Village Autumn Festival in May this year.

Creativity Australia believes it offers a unique arts-health social inclusion program and you are invited to experience the joy, freedom and inspiration of song with the Ashburton With One Voice choir.

Through the With One Voice program, barriers of age, race, language, religion, disability and disadvantage are removed to make everyone welcome – and no singing experience is necessary.

Neuroscience proves singing connects neural pathways in the brain differently, releasing endorphins that can make people healthier, happier, smarter and more creative. Using singing as the vehicle for community inclusion is the centrepiece of why their program works. Music is a powerful social magnet and acts as a super “social glue” that binds people together.

Ashburton’s Choir Leader Kym Dillon drives every week from Geelong to Ashburton to lead the With One Voice Choristers. Asked why he does this Kym says “I love seeing people grow in their musical confidence, from the initial becoming unafraid of adding their voice to the mix to the eventual feeling confident in learning harmonies and challenging songs. I am continually rewarded on the journey I accompany people on and the choir is a genuinely lovely group of people to work with.”

Although the choir is into contemporary songs, Kym says “… it’s Bach and Beethoven that get played the most when I’m playing piano at home.”

Of the Ashburton group, Kym says “Without hesitation it is the people in these choirs that keep me going in this work – the trust they put in me is never lost on me, and their commitment to what I do in the choir and the journey I’m taking them on keeps me coming back week after week.”
The choir loves their leader as evidenced when they gate crashed his wedding. “They waited outside the church as we came out, bursting into a rendition of ‘the chapel of love’. My family were very impressed, not everyone gets a spontaneous choir flash mob at their wedding!”

“This is the perfect choir for someone who has never sung in public before, been in a choir before, or had any kind of musical training”, says Kym. “It’s also a great choir for those who may have done all three but want an ensemble which is the right combination of fun, community and challenge. Come along one week and try it out, that’s the best way to know!”

It is very easy to join:

  • there are no auditions and no singing experience needed
  • all ages, faiths, cultures and backgrounds are welcome
  • participation is by tax-deductible donation
  • weekly rehearsals followed by supper
  • you have a professional conductor
  • you’ll be part of amazing performances.

Creativity Australia Choir Ashburton Sings meets Wednesday nights at 6:15pm–7:30pm at Ashburton Baptist Church, 8 Y Street, Ashburton (enter via Marquis St car park).

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Raine Biancalt has a Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing & Editing) and a background in both government and corporate worlds. She enjoys art, history, writing and old movies.