Jennifer Bee, performing at the Mackay Eisteddfod, hopes The Circle of Song will give disadvantaged community members a sense of place and belonging.
Jennifer Bee, performing at the Mackay Eisteddfod, hopes The Circle of Song will give disadvantaged community members a sense of place and belonging. Lucy Smith

The Circle of Song for all abilities

THE Pioneer Valley will become home to the regions first all-abilities inclusive community choir.

The Circle of Song is the brainchild of musician, choir director and vocal teacher Jennifer Bee.

Her mission is to use the power of song to bring community and empowerment to people who are experiencing disadvantage and loneliness through their state of living.

By opening membership to all ages and abilities, Ms Bee said she hopes to forge a sympathetic culture of learning and acceptance and to invigorate the performing arts culture around the Mackay region.

Beginning in early May, rotating morning rehearsals in the Pinnacle Playhouse will cater to specific focus groups, to ensure their needs are being met.

Once these are finished, on July 15, the entire choir will come together for the first time to sing the repertoire they have learnt.

The group plans to participate in an open-forum discussion of the process, as the official beginning of Circle of Song as an inclusive community choir.

Ms Bee said she believes that group singing has long been shown to boost mental health by relieving stress and feelings of isolation.

The project is also made possible through assistance from the Pinnacle Playhouse, Officeworks Mackay, Yamaha Music and HLM Graphic Design, run by a Mirani resident Holly Murphy.



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