"Born to Sing"
Born to Sing M O N T H LY N E W S L E T T E R O F T H E B O R N TO S I N G C H O I R M EM BER PROFILE S John hollYwooD John was born in 1947 in an orphanage in Birmingham, UK. At the age of six he SINGING TO HEAL THE SPIRIT ~ BUSH FIRE SURVIVORS was sent to Australia, where he grew up Singing has been shown to have major health benefits and can assist during times of stress firstly at Castledare School in Rivervale, and trauma. Five of us were invited to Eaglehawk and Whittlesea to deliver Singing Sessions then at Tardun Agricultural College, with Bush Fire Survivors. We didn’t know how many would come. We just knew to ‘go with just south of Geraldton, where he saw the flow’ and do ‘whatever it takes’ to support Martin Meader to ‘Make A Difference’, which some of the best years of his life. After is our shared vision. We sang with the locals, shared a laugh, shared tears of joy at their leaving Tardun, he spent four years on a resilience and spirit; shared tears of sorrow as, with courage, people spoke about their great wheat farm in Hyden. losses and the environmental devastation. We were able to ease some pains – by generous His passion for acting and interest in donations from Born to Sing ($22,650) – and by sharing our songs and leaving the music with the theatre were ignited back in Perth them to sustain their choirs once we had left. ~ Deb Saville by the Patch Theatre group, and within 6 months John was acting professionally. John and Kerry, his wife of 37 years, traveled to England, where John’s theatre work included Jesus Christ Superstar at the Palace Theatre. He also tracked down his mother, with whom he maintained a strong relationship until her death in 1999. On returning to Perth John became a brickies’ labourer, then started his own building company through which he has won his 18 “Home of the Year” awards. He has been playing and creating music for 30 years, and last year had three songs make it to the top 30 of the Australian Songwriting Contest. The Born To Sing Choir’s He is a member of three choirs, and N E X T C O N C E RT: feels particularly fortunate to belong ~ friday april 3 ~ M U S I CAL CO M M UN I T I E S O F U N I V E R S I T Y O F W E S T E RN A US T RA L I A S CH OO L O F M US I C & B O R N T O S I N G P R E S E N T to the BTS choir. John is a Justice of the Bushﬁre Survivors BUSHFIRE SURVIVORS CONCERT Peace and Chairman of the Catholic Concert Winthrop Hall, University of Western Australia. For more information contact email@example.com Social Justice Council. He is also an avid Dockers fan. A C H ORA L C OM M U N IT Y CONCERT I N SUP P ORT OF THE RED C ROS S 20 09 VICTORIAN BUSHFI R E AP P E AL Friday 3rd April, 7.30pm Winthrop Hall, University of Western Australia The Born to Sing choir meets every Wednesday night from FEATURING 7.00-9.00pm at the Royal Park Hall, 180 Charles Street, North Perth • Junior Music School "Firebird" Choir IncorporatIng the followIng choIrs: • Winthrop Singers • Stirling Silver Singers & People Who Care Choir (part of the project: Act, Belong, Commit to Singing: A Healthy Way to Live Fremantle Sing From The Heart Choir: meets every Tuesday from 11.00am-1.00pm co-sponsored by Healthway, The Wicking Trust and Musica Viva) (contact firstname.lastname@example.org) • Born to Sing Kalgoorlie Two Up Two Down Choir: meets on Monday nights from 7.00-9.00pm (contact Clare & Andrew Kirke email@example.com) Kwinana Sing From The Heart Choir: meets on Monday nights from 7.00-9.00pm TICKETS $25. CONTACT UWA SCHOOL OF MUSIC, PH 6488 2054 (contact firstname.lastname@example.org) ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE RED CROSS 2009 VICTORIAN BUSHFIRE APPEAL Born to Sing | 1 | April 2009 Newsletter Born to Sing M O N T H LY N E W S L E T T E R O F T H E B O R N TO S I N G C H O I R Health tips from Julia Chazan INSOMNIA M EM BER Sleep problems are extremely common of herbs are good if taken at adequate PROFILE and can really encroach on our well dosages and combination. S being. Insomnia is a symptom that can • These include: Passionflower, have many causes including anxiety Oats, Skullcap, B vitamins, calcium JacQUIe (difficulty getting to sleep), depression and magnesium (especially if you have (can be a cause of early wakening), ‘restless legs’). Remember that insomnia wrIght pain, menopause, fluctuations in blood is just a symptom and will require I joined the choir after reading about it sugar levels (BSL), alcohol and caffeine ascertaining the cause.The treatment will in Scoop magazine. I’d been looking to consumption. depend on the cause so it would be worth join a choir for some time so I decided to What to eat: Eat regularly so that chatting to a health professional about it give it a go. After three weeks I found the your BSL does not fluctuate abnormally and finding a treatment specific to you. courage to actually attend and brought a (especially if you wake up during the night). friend along to hold my hand! • Have a small snack such as a banana Wishing you many peaceful nights sleep! I was born in England and came to Perth before bed. Julia with my family when I was eight. As a child • Limit sugars Julia Chazan Naturopathic Clinic my parents took me to the theatre to see • Reduce stimulants (coffee tea alcohol 22/1 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco WA 6008. 08 9381 2381 ballets, musicals and to the symphony chocolate) orchestra. They both liked to sing and • Drink most of your liquids for the day Dr. Jane Davidson I remember many “sing along” sessions before 7pm so that a full bladder is not at home. My mother plays the piano, I waking you. the sInger’s respIratIon play the guitar, my grandfather played What to do: Part 5 - abdominal muscles the double bass in a Big Band and my • Exercise 30mins per day. This will help The abdominal muscles are crucial grandmother was an opera singer, so I make you physically more able to sleep for exhalation. There are three pairs guess that music is in the genes! and your mind less likely to keep you of powerful muscles: the external My greatest passion is dancing which I awake! and internal oblique muscles have done all my life. At three I started • No computer / tv before bed and transverses abdominis. The ballet lessons and continued for ten (especially not the news!) abdominal muscles are broad and years. Over the years I have also learnt • If you feel the cause of not sleeping flat sheets, and attached to the other styles of dance, such as jazz, tap is due to anxiety or depression then rib cage. The activities of these and ballroom. Both my daughters have address this first. muscles increase the pressure in the been involved in singing and dancing, • Do something relaxing before bed (eg. abdomen as in lifting and holding with my youngest daughter currently relaxing music, bath, book) the breathing and singing. Pressure the Australian youth Latin American SupplementS: This will really depend on this muscles is helpful for Dancesport champion. on the cause of insomnia but a couple supporting steady sung tones. As an Early childhood teacher, music and CONTACT US AT movement are integral to my teaching and I love to see the enjoyment it brings Internet partner: www.loconut.com.au to the children. I studied music as my email@example.com specialist elective subject and one school employed me part time as their music www.born2sing.org specialist. This included conducting the Door Prizes: www.macnutswa.com.au school choir which I had never done before, so I just muddled my way through Musical Equipment & Services: and pretended I knew what I was doing! I look forward to Wednesday nights where I can have two hours of ME time. email: firstname.lastname@example.org I have made some great new friends, MALAgA 9209 2300 Tel: 9524 2223 caught up with old ones and had the opportunity to perform. I am also WILLEttON 9354 7960 OcEAN KEyS 9407 9618 Legal Services: learning to improve my singing from three ELLENBROOK 9296 7955 very talented musicians in Rod, Perry and email: email@example.com Martin, who always make me laugh at www.advancedmusic.com.au their antics. $10 a week has never been Phil Bouwman 0414 549 070 so well spent! Tel: 93265000 Born to Sing | 2 | April 2009 Newsletter