Rosie Batty to introduce premiere of 'No Excuses!' new work

Published by: CarolineK | 30-May-2016
The School of Hard Knocks is thrilled to announce that the world premiere of the expanded No Excuses! choral suite will be introduced by Rosie Batty, 2015 Australian of the Year and Australian domestic violence campaigner at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Sunday June 12th 2016 at 2pm as part of the Melbourne International Singers Festival. The School commissioned composers Christina Green and Dr Kathleen McGuire in 2015 to write the No Excuses! choral suite and create the No Excuses! women's choir with the aid of a Creative Victoria grant. No Excuses! focuses on family violence and domestic abuse, with real stories of struggle alongside those of inspirational resilience as shared by women from Melbourne's western suburbs. The composers Christina Green and Dr Kathleen McGuire will conduct and perform with the No Excuses! women's choir. #MISF16
Venue: Melbourne Recital Centre
Address: 31 Sturt Street, Southbank 3006
Date: Sunday June 12th
Time: 2pm - 3.30pm (& Street Requiem premiere from 8pm to 10pm)
Ticket: Tickets start at $21.90, or $38.90 to attend both premieres.
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Call: 0419 337 283
No Excuses! was originally premiered at the Big West Festival in 2015, and was described as "an emotional and ultimately triumphant journey of strength and hope."

The No Excuses! women's choir has also performed for Rosie and The Luke Batty Foundation, at Crown Casino. "It is so incredibly special that she will be present to introduce the extended work at the world premiere, given her deep commitment to this important cause through her own tragic circumstances. Sometimes music can tell a story in a way that nothing else can." said Dr Welch, founding artistic director of the School of Hard Knocks.

A SPECIAL offer is available which will enable patrons to ATTEND BOTH No Excuses! and 'Street Requiem in memory of those who have died on the street', which has also been extended with new movements added. Street Requiem will premiere at the Melbourne Recital Centre on the 12th at 8pm.

Proceeds support the School of Hard Knocks, created by Dr Jonathon Welch AM, founding artistic director of the award winning Choir of Hard Knocks, to help marginalised and vulnerable Australians build positive mental and physical health through the arts.

Tickets start at $21.90, or $38.90 to attend both premieres. Book at

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