Cessnock’s new community choir, The Undeniably Noisy Project, has entered Creativity Australia’s ‘Sing For Good’ competition.
Families, workplaces, schools, choirs and sports teams have entered videos into the competition, which raises funds for the ‘With One Voice’ campaign – supporting people experiencing depression, anxiety, loneliness or disadvantage.
It’s a message that resonated with The Undeniably Noisy Project founder Emmie Hallett, who started the choir with the aim to create a welcoming, inclusive and social environment in which people of all ages can enjoy the health and community-building benefits of singing.
“I wanted to provide local people with an opportunity to use singing together as way of doing great things out in the community, both locally and beyond,” Ms Hallett said.
“Making this video was the perfect first project for us to work on as it provided us with an chance to show why we love singing together – it’s really, really fun!
“The video project blended singing, creativity and team work and it is an opportunity to enter Cessnock into a national competition showcasing the power of great community spirit and inclusion.”
The Undeniably Noisy Project is a relaxed, no-commitment singing group that meets every Wednesday at the Music For Life hall in Cessnock.
More than 80 people have attended since it began in August, ranging in age and experience, but all sharing their love of singing, community and cake.
Their favourite song so far was Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida’, so they donned their tiaras and crowns and filmed this tune for their Sing For Good entry.
With more than 100 entries, Sing for Good is not a talent show – it’s all about fun and inspiration.
“We use singing because neuroscience proves singing makes us happier, healthier, smarter and more creative,” Creativity Australia founder and chair Tania de Jong AM said.
“There are a lot of lonely people in our communities. Their isolation leads to anxiety and depression, unemployment and so much more.
“Through singing with other people we break down the barriers between us and build stronger communities.”
The competition will culminate in the With One Big Voice concert at Melbourne Town Hall this Sunday, when the winners will be announced, and selected videos will be screened at Federation Square.
View the Undeniably Noisy Project’s video, vote and donate here.