Choir inspiring to many
WE'VE all heard of the "school of hard knocks".
Many of us are still studying at it, or have thankfully graduated.
It's nothing to sing about, unless you're a member of The Choir of Hard Knocks.
The group is made up of disadvantaged individuals, including homeless people.
Following their incredible story on TV a few years ago, the Gold Coast got its first chance to see director Dr Jonathon Welch and The Choir of Hard Knocks live in concert at Marymount College yesterday.
This year the choir, known now as The Choir of Hope and Inspiration, celebrated its fifth year since winning audiences over on TV.
Dr Welch is founding musical director for the choir.
"Members have pushed and pushed me to bring them to Queensland," he said.
"Coming here is their reward for persistence and dedication.
"There's no saying 'no' to this group."
The choir has lost a few members over the years and sadly some have gone back to the streets.
With 55 choir members performing at the college on Sunday, audiences got to meet the singers after the show in the foyer.
Simon, Sheree and Clarko are original members of the choir.
"We've found audiences themselves find a concert experience uplifting, inspiring, funny, touching, emotional, full of warmth and joy," they said.
"There's a shared feeling of unity and community amongst an audience that's also shared onstage with the choir members."
Choir members related their personal journeys and how the choir has helped them grow in confidence and self esteem.