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Be Merry & Bright at Deakin Edge, November 26th

BY CarolineK | 07-Nov-2017
Merry & Bright, the School of Hard Knocks final concert for 2017, will be presented on Sunday 26 November from 2pm at Deakin Edge. This concert takes place in Social Inclusion Week, an annual initiative, which was created in 2009, by the Founding Artistic Director of the School of Hard Knocks Dr Jonathon Welch AM. Jonathon said "I founded Social Inclusion Week to connect local communities, to build and strengthen relationships and networks.” Merry & Bright does just that. Conducted and compered by Jonathon, Merry & Bright also features Liane Keegan, one of Australia’s great legends of opera, XL ARTS, the Choir of Hard Knocks, THECHO!R and the Footscray Yarraville City Band, conducted by Phillipa Edwards! #SIW17 @SOHKnocks
“The School of Hard Knocks has been built on the amazing work and support from our participants, volunteers, friends and wonderful guest artists.” Jonathon explained, “we want to recognise and celebrate that!! It is just such a joy to bring everyone together for these concerts and events now, and throughout the whole year!”

We also have our wonderful 350 massed voice choir singing which is drawn from choirs in the School’s Absolutely Everybody choral program. Our choristers are from Voices of Casey, Latrobe Valley Community Choir, Voices of Frankston, Choir of Opportunity, Voices of Alfred, Western Health Singers and All Together Choir. Our Absolutely Everybody Brisbane choir, conducted by Melissa Gill, will also be visiting from Queensland to be part of this concert. A wonderful community of singers.

“We would LOVE everyone to connect, or reconnect, with us at Merry & Bright!" Jonathon said "2017 has been a huge year of growth and success for the School. We are so very proud of our achievements and all our programs. Proceeds from this concert will help us to continue the wonderful work of the School supporting the marginalised and vulnerable in our community.”

Social Inclusion Week (SIW) Australia is about encouraging communities to reconnect and be inclusive of all cultures, age groups, nationalities and the disadvantaged. Founded by Dr Jonathon Welch AM, and supported by the School of Hard Knocks and the Choir of Hard Knocks, SIW was launched in 2009 as a way for communities to share knowledge and experience to educate and raise awareness.

SIW aims to help Australians feel valued and to give people the opportunity to participate fully in society. It’s about connecting with local communities, work mates, family and friends to build relationships and networks, addressing isolation and exclusion by supporting people who may be unable help themselves.

OUR THEME IS: CONNECT COLLABORATE AND CELEBRATE!

Come Connect Collaborate and Celebrate with us!!!

Tickets are just $25 for adults, $20 concession, $15 U18 and $75 family for a family of four. Book through http://www.schoolofhardknocks.org.au or at the door from 1.30pm