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Sharing a love of music

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They are generations apart, but primary school students and members of ACH Group’s Sing For Joy choir share a love of music.

Two northern primary schools, Wynn Vale and Ridgehaven, are in rehearsals with Sing for Joy’s Wynn Vale and Payneham choirs ahead of an intergenerational concert to be held in October.

Songs on the set list include Ruby Hunter’s ‘Welcome to All People’, ‘Fix You’ by Coldplay, ‘Why We Sing’ (Greg Gilpin) and the traditional ‘Irish Blessing’.

The concert is supported by the ACH Group Foundation for Older Australians, Bodysong, and a $1000 grant from the City of Tea Tree Gully.

Council Community Engagement Officer Donna Mijatovic says the Council is happy to to support the project which promotes connections between the generations.

“This concert will bring many wellbeing benefits to all involved, including the broader community who will have an opportunity to attend and enjoy the event.”

Choir member and organiser Bea Plush says the concert, in its second year, offers many rewards for both the students and choir members.

“The kids really love it and that’s always a plus, to see them enjoying it so much,” she says. “There’s a stigma attached to old age, and young people from public schools and from the northern suburbs are much maligned, too. But this is a good news story.

“You can see it on the faces of the choir, and the kids – they just light up with happiness.”

Joint rehearsals will be held on July 4 and August 8 before the planned concert on 22 October.

WHAT: Uniting Generations Through Music concert

WHO: Sing for Joy Wynn Vale and Payneham choirs, Ridgehaven and Wynn Vale Primary schools

WHEN: Sunday 22 October, time TBC

WHERE: Golden Grove Arts Centre

Would you like to join a choir? Call us on 1300 224 477, or find out more here.