Today we’re sitting down with Cath Mundy to hear about her involvement in community choirs and the benefits these provide for refugees, asylum seekers, new arrivals and anyone who is looking for connection and fellowship in a supportive environment.
“I am the conductor of three community choirs, two in Logan [south of Brisbane] and one in the CBD in Brisbane.
Two of these choirs are very accessible via public transport and are for all levels of singing experience, while one (Freedom Train) is an intermediate choir which runs Monday evenings in Waterford.
Mixed Beans at Beenleigh Library is a multicultural choir so we have a strong focus on songs from around the world and social inclusion. You don’t have be a singer – all levels of experience from complete beginners onwards are welcome. Mixed Beans runs every Tuesday during school terms from 4.30-6pm in the Library and membership is free.
With One Voice Brisbane runs in the Wynnum Room at the Brisbane City Hall every Wednesday (apart from a break over summer holidays), from 5:30-7:30pm including a free supper supplied by Ozharvest. Membership costs vary depending on financial circumstances including fully-sponsored positions for those in need – we want everyone to join in the fun.
Social inclusion for people from every walk of life is the choir’s philosophy and again all levels of singing experience from beginner onwards is welcome.
Becoming part of a community doing regular activities together helps promote a great sense of connection and well-being. Singing itself is also a very health-giving activity especially in a safe and supportive environment of a community choir lead by a conductor who caters to all ages, backgrounds and levels of experience.
Here is a video of all three of Cath’s community choirs performing Refugee (Have Mercy):
For more information on any of Cath’s choirs, visit their Facebook pages (links above) or contact Cath at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We’d like to thank Cath for sharing her story with us!
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