A brand new Podcast from Community Music Victoria is coming soon, hosted by Polly Christie and Oli Hinton!
Polly and her choir, 'the Pollyphonics' were interviewed for the 'Life Matters' show aired recently on ABC Radio National:
Creating connections and tapping creativity through a community choir
"How do you connect to your community? Some people join sporting groups while others volunteer for a local charity. But have you ever considered singing as a path to social connection?"
Erica Vowles travelled to Malmsbury and Woodend in Central Victoria to meet choir conductor Polly Christie, as well as Allan Spencer-Stewart, Sue Yardley and Peter Sporle, who all sing in the local Pollyphonics choir.
Listen to the program here!
About Polly Christie
Polly Christie has been the musical director of fourteen choirs in Melbourne and led workshops at festivals around Australia. For the last twenty years she has dedicated her musical journey to the art of conducting and has a love of bringing people together for community music pursuits. Polly is currently Musical Director of the Pollyphonics Choir in Woodend and is Founder of the Macedon Ranges based Vocal Ranges Festival. She also performs with her partner Andy Rigby, and currently teaches music to 267 students at the local primary school.
About Oli Hinton
Oli has had three serious romances with music making during his life. As a young teenager he became proficient with classical piano and played percussion kit in amateur musicals; in his 40's he became an obsessive founder member of the Tenth Avenue Band, a busy street band based in Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK, playing first accordion and then baritone sax; and now in Melbourne he has become Co-ordinator for CMVic, plays baritone sax in the street band 'Havana Palava', accordion in a gypsy band, and bass uke at impromptu sessions. Oli is currently CMVic Coordinator, and a non-voting ex-officio member of the Board.
Stay tuned for more details, coming soon!
› Join the all-ages Climate Calamity Choir15/Oct/2019Sing powerful and beautiful short songs and chants perfect for climate justice rallies. Share our common human voice to sing for change and show our solidarity with people suffering as a result of climate change. Come and learn the songs at any or all of these singing sessions: Wed…
› Levi’s Music Prize14/Oct/2019Levi’s Music Prize - Round 2 applications close 7 December. The Levi’s® Music Prize is an exciting new initiative that will enable Australian bands and artists to maximise that next opportunity to get them to the next stage of their careers. Find out more at https://www.bigsound.org.au/music-festival/levis-music-prize?utm_source=QMusic+Users+Master+List&utm_campaign=88fd481c43-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_09_12_06_50&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9c6ceb6d6a-88fd481c43-342610897.
› Music and Drama Education Awards14/Oct/2019Music and Drama Education Awards - Nominations close 18 October. The Music and Drama Education Awards recognise the contribution people make to the performing arts sector. Nominations for 13 of the 17 categories are still open. Find out more and apply at https://www.musicdramaedawards.com/.
› ‘Creative Education’ Is Key To Preparing Kids For The Future14/Oct/2019‘Creative Education’ Is Key To Preparing Kids For The Future - Sandra Gattenhof of QUT has written in The Conversation about the value of “creative education” and how subjects such as music are key to developing children’s social intelligence and critical thinking. Her ideas could help strengthen advocacy for music education. Arguments continue to…
› Importance of play in childhood education, including music14/Oct/2019Music And Arts Being Squeezed From The School Curriculum - Finnish education authority and head of the Gonski Institute for Education, Pasi Sahlberg, has written a book on the importance of play in childhood education. Music is one of the subjects he says needs to be strengthened in school curricula. You can read…
› INTERESTING RESEARCH - ’musically-enabled’ students do better!06/Oct/2019INTERESTING RESEARCH. Study of 112,000 students: the ’musically-enabled’ jump an academic year / Computers in the classroom may do more harm than good / Our brains appear uniquely tuned for musical pitch / Why we like certain music: the brain and musical preferences / Australian-first study: benefits of early education…
› New music publishing site for Australian choral music: SingScore.06/Oct/2019New music publishing site for Australian choral music: SingScore. This article was written by Ruth McCall for "Loud Mouth" E-Zine, August 2019. This new service makes access to Australian choral music at all levels of difficulty, easy. The initiative of former Song Company member, Ruth McCall, SingScore is an online shop for digital scores of choral…
› Escaping the do-nothing education systems: community alternatives06/Oct/2019Escaping the do-nothing education systems: community alternatives - written by: Richard Letts for "Loud Mouth" E-Zine, October 2019. We live in hope that governments will offer good music education in primary schools. We wait and agitate and wait some more. Nothing. We are hostages to vain hope. It’s time to break…
› Australian National Arts Policy Making06/Oct/2019Australian National Arts Policy Making - This important paper, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL ARTS POLICY, is primarily a description of the policy making process at the national level, the efforts by the arts sector to influence the outcomes and an overall assessment of the status and effectiveness of policy making. It traces the…