Sing your heart out in a community choir

UNITED IN SONG: Sing Australia Vincentia regularly perform at Osborne House in Nowra for the residents.

UNITED IN SONG: Sing Australia Vincentia regularly perform at Osborne House in Nowra for the residents.

Sing Australia Vincentia paid a visit to Osborne House in Nowra on Thursday where they entertained residents for an hour long singing session.

“Sing Australia is a national network of singing groups, we believe everyone has a voice and can enjoy singing,” Sing Australia Vincentia’s Jenny Smith said.

“Sing Australia is in a lot of country towns and our group performs two or three times a month.”

The community choir is also on the hunt for new members to belt out some tunes at local events.

“Our group has a leader then they are helped by head office, which is based in Melbourne,” Mrs Smith said. 

“People can join and come to the practices each week.” 

The group practices each Thursday night from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at the Baptist Church in The Wool Road, Vincentia.

“There is a small cost to register and it is $8 per night which covers the cost of our musician, conductor and supper,” Mrs Smith said.

The choir had the crowd clapping along to such tunes as Georgia On My mind, When the Saints Go Marching In and Autumn Leaves.

“We sing as part of their recreational program for an hour, we do some singing of ours for thirty minutes and then they join us for some community singing,” Mrs Smith said.

When you sing in Sing Australia you are made very welcome.

You bring to Sing Australia the voice you have. No judgement is made about your voice. You join with other members of Sing Australia to bring the joy of singing to the world around you and beyond.

Sing Australia promotes singing as an important natural emotional expression for the benefit of health and social well being. They make singing a widely acceptable activity in Australia for all people. Sing Australia accepts that everyone can sing and it makes no judgement on how well that happens.

It is inclusive and welcoming of everyone. It is about making happy connections with people from all walks of life and demographics within groups and through performances.

It has been suggested, singing is not only an enjoyable activity, but it can also provide a way for people with dementia, along with their carers, to express themselves and socialise with others in a fun and supportive group.

Hidden in the fun are activities which build on the preserved memory for song and music in the brain. Even when many memories are hard to retrieve, music is especially easy to recall.

For more information visit http://singaustralia.com.au/ or to join Sing Australia Vincentia contact Jenny Smith on 4441 7713.