Hard Knocks at The Centre

Jonathon Welch
Jonathon Welch

Eighty-four enthusiastic singers arrived at The Centre, Beaudesert to sing with one of Australia’s leading Choral Conductors, Jonathon Welch AM last month. 

The event, organised by community choir A-choired Taste, inspired many local singers. 

They sang a range of songs together from nursery rhymes sung in rounds through to more modern music. 

The son of a church organist, Jonathon Welch developed a passion for music from a young age and was a music teacher before touring Australia in The Pirates of Penzance in 1983.  

Welch undertook further performance training in Brisbane and joined Opera Australia on a five-year contract in 1993. He has subsequently enjoyed a successful career as a performer and teacher and is a founding member of ‘Tenor Australis.’ 

Inspired by a Canadian choir for disadvantaged people he formed the Sydney Street Choir in 2002 and subsequently moved to Melbourne and started the ‘Choir of Hard Knocks’ in 2006. 

A-choired Taste member, Kym Rooks, said  it was great to have Welch in Beaudesert. 

“We have been concentrating on breathing though our diaphragm  and diction this morning,” she said. 

“You don’t always think about those things that will help to project your voice much better.” 

“Just to have him come to Beaudesert is amazing.” 

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