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Dr Jonathon Welch AM will direct Play It Forward’s new Brisbane branch of MEN ALOUD! Rehearsals start this Sunday.

BY CarolineK | 22-Mar-2019
Play It Forward and MEN ALOUD! proudly participating in QUEENSLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL 2019. Help Is On Its Way is a national initiative which fosters a dialogue around mental health as we sing in support of our men and boys! Join this special choir rehearsing once a month for the Festival's ground breaking mass choral event Help Is On Its Way with Glenn Shorrock on July 27. Calling on all Dads, brothers, uncles, grandfathers, cousins and mates to join MEN ALOUD! #qldmusicfest #MENALOUD #PlayItForward #QLD
Dr Jonathon Welch AM will direct Play It Forwards
MEN ALOUD! was founded by Dr Welch in Melbourne to help create a positive, safe space where men and boys could come and explore their singing voices and also help build positive mental and physical wellbeing and develop supportive friendships through music.

Multi award winning singer, conductor, teacher, composer, director and recording artist, Jonathon Welch is one of Australia’s most unique and diverse artists with a career spanning four decades.

Jonathon has performed around the World alongside many of the finest singers, directors and conductors including Baz Luhrmann, John Farnham, Jimmy Barnes, KD Lang, Grace Bumbry, Frederica Von Stade and Dame Joan Sutherland in some of the world’s great Concert Halls and Opera Houses including Carnegie Hall, New York, Royal Albert Hall, London and Sydney Opera House.

In 2007, Jonathon’s work creating choirs for the homeless and disadvantaged in Australia was the subject of the internationally acclaimed ARIA, Logie and Helpmann award winning TV documentary ‘Choir of Hard Knocks’, also creating the ‘Jailbirds’ documentary in the Victorian Women’s Prisons in 2009, and was a Judge on the highly successful ‘Battle of the Choirs’ TV series for Channel 7.

Jonathon has been recognised for his outstanding commitment to the music industry, youth music education and his work with marginalised and homeless communities with the Victorian and Australian of the Year Local Hero 2008, ANZAC of the Year 2009, an Honorary Doctorate, an Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2009 and an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders.

In 2009 Jonathon created and launched ‘Social Inclusion Week’ making Australia the only country in the world to celebrate Social Inclusion nationally, and in September 2012 launched his vision for the future of arts, cultural and wellbeing programs for those experiencing homelessness and disadvantage with the ‘School of Hard Knocks’ and 'Play It Forward' - inclusive arts programs for all Australians.

For more information about MEN ALOUD! and to register please go to www.playitforward.org.au/events/maqld2019

Please note that there is a nominal project fee of $80 adults and $50 concession and students U18 to cover costs.

Quotes from participants in the last MEN ALOUD! project include -
“Outstanding projects, bring the next one on”
“Placing people in a comfortable environment and letting them shine is a Great, great thing”
“Project provided excellent opportunity to voice test participants and provide advice on vocal range/most appropriate part to sing. Therefore avoiding square pegs in round holes.”