|Issue No 122||07 December 2001|
Unions Choir Sings Up Storm
By Joel Bassant
Music can inspire people to look at the bigger picture and of the various problems we face, and through music we can contribute positively and joyfully to peace and change,' says The Sydney Trade Union Choir's new conductor Rita.
The Trade Union Choir, which is celebrating its 10th birthday continues to break new ground with the imminent release of its first CD and its plans for next year which will build on its rich foundation under Rita's experienced guidance.
With the establishment of the Blue Mountain's Trade Union Choir and various others over the past 15 years, Rita's direction promises to maintain the sensitivity and knowledge of Trade Unionism through music, fostered in the choir and conveyed to the public by long-time choir head Tom Bridges.
'I have the belief that anyone can sing, given the right encouragement. So I take everyone in, some have experience and others not outside the bathroom. We learn together,' says Rita when discussing her welcoming method to choir participation, in her past roles and present one.
The choir members are always enthusiastic about sharing a sense of spirit and encouragement through songs of inspiration and hope from around the world, and also welcome anyone who'd like to join them.
The Trade Union Choir meets on Tuesday Nights between 6-8, on level 11 of the PSA Building
(160 Clarence St Sydney). Those who'd like to come along can call:
Cathy Bloch: 9264 9744.
Paula Bloch: 9665 0559.
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