The School of Hard Knocks choir under Jonathon Welch’s Play It Forward program is already living up to its name.
At its first rehearsal on July 12, Sonia Beardmore of Ormiston said her joy of music had been rekindled.
Ms Beardmore was in attendance as a carer for blind twins Joanne and Fiona Levers of Victoria Point whose love of music is a key component in their lives.
“Coming to choir rehearsals is fun, energetic and is something the girls are passionate about,” Ms Beardmore said.
“They are genuinely excited and all of a sudden, I am playing keyboard for them at home so they can practice the words.
“Memorising the words is probably the hardest thing.”
The twins are also enthusiastic members of the Redland City Choir.
“So coming to rehearsal is not just for them,” Ms Beardmore said.
“It’s for their support team as well. There are the rehearsals and the lead up to the performance.
“This program is already playing it forward in lots of ways.”
Conductor Jonathon Welch said he was delighted to offer this opportunity for a diverse abilities project choir on what is now his home turf.
“It could be something for people who have retired and may feel socially isolated or lonely,” he said.
“Singing and music can build positive mental health and a strong social network.
“This is the best antidote you can ask for. Just come and sing.”
The rehearsals are being held from 2.30pm to 4pm at the Donald Simpson Leisure centre at Cleveland until September 13 and will culminate in a fundraising performance for prostate cancer at 7.30pm on September 14 at the Redland Performing Arts Centre.
Tickets are adults $39 and seniors $35, with students $28. Book on 3829 8131.
Anyone interested in the program can contact Matthew Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org, 0439 244 429.