Boost for singing seniors in NSW

24 Nov 2017

Seniors across the State have something to sing about today as the NSW Government awards dozens of organisations funding to expand or start new choirs for older people.

Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies announced the Sing Your Age grant recipients today while visiting Acappella Central and their newly established choir ‘The Rosellas’ at East Hills in Sydney’s south west.
“The Rosellas will perform a range of multicultural tunes to reflect their diverse community, and are just one of many new groups who will be popping up across the state,” Mrs Davies said.

A total of $150,000 has been allocated to thirty organisations throughout NSW.

“Singing groups are a great way for older people to build friendships and have some fun while getting involved in their local community,” Mrs Davies said.

The Sing Your Age grants program aims to reduce negative perceptions of ageing, improve physical and mental health, and reduce social isolation and loneliness in older people living in NSW.

“The NSW Government is committed to investing in exciting initiatives that encourage seniors to connect with their communities – because we know being socially active can help older people live happier, healthier and more independent lives.”

The funding will be used for professional conductor fees, professional accompanist fees, the purchase of music and musical equipment, venue hire, and to promote the groups locally.

The Department of Family and Community Services has partnered with the Australian National Choral Association to deliver the program. For more information or to find a choir visit www.anca.org.au or call 03 9254 1041.

Successful organisations include:

  • An Invitation To Sing, Coffs City Choir Inc. (Coffs Coast)
  • Beating Time Outreach, Beating Time (Chatswood)
  • Boundless Song, Young Regional School of Music Inc. (Young)
  • Central West Sings, Arts OutWest (Bathurst)
  • Cool Choir, Arts North West Inc (Deepwater, Northern Tablelands)
  • Forget Me Not Choir, Clarence Valley Conservatorium (Clarence Valley)
  • Good Life Chorus, Sydney Welsh Choir (Concord)
  • Gundagai Community Choir (Gundagai)
  • Happy Sounds - Uplifting lives through singing, Shoalhaven Neighbourhood Services Inc. (Shoalhaven)
  • How To Read Music, Mitchell Conservatorium Inc (Bathurst)
  • Ku-Ring-Gai Male Choir Inc. (Ku-ring-gai)
  • Leura Singers (Leura)
  • Mandarin Singing Club (Central Sydney)
  • Murrumbidgee Magic Chapter (Wagga Wagga)
  • Music, Our Universal Language, Kogarah Community Services Inc. (St George)
  • Raise The Roof Choir (Lismore and Bathurst)
  • Reconnecting and Healing After Trauma and Transition, NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (Carramar)
  • Senior Song Birds, Christian Community Aid Services Inc. (Ryde / Parramatta)
  • Shower Singers, U3A Goulburn Mulwaree Inc. (Goulburn and Gunning)
  • Sing for Enjoyment, Linnet Choir of Sydney Incorporated (Epping)
  • Sing For Life, Lane Cove Choristers (Lane Cove)
  • Sing to the Mountains, Springwood Neighbourhood Centre Cooperative Ltd (Blue Mountains)
  • Sing Your Age Inner West, Carmen Cordon Hernandez (Inner West Sydney)
  • Singing for Community Connection, Manning Valley Neighbourhood Services Inc. (Manning Valley)
  • Singing for Fun in Lane Cove, Lavoce Community Choir Incorporated (Lane Cove)
  • Spanish Speaking Choir, The NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (Fairfield)
  • The Rosellas, PAX Publishing (South West Sydney)
  • Village Voices, Stocklands Village Voices (Forster)
  • Wooli Community Choir, Clarence Valley Conservatorium (Wooli)
  • Wu Lin Yue Merry Makers, North Ryde Community Aid (West Ryde)