Read what people have been saying about the School of Hard Knocks


2017 Media Clippings

School of Hard Knocks Brisbane Choir Caps Off A Successful Year with Brisbane Concert
The Queensland Times, 4 December 2017

School of Hard Knocks – interview with Jonathon Welch 
David Prior
Talking Lifestyle Radio, 24 November 2017

An Australian Christmas
Suzanne Yanko
Classic Melbourne, 28 October 2017

Singing For The Soul: School Of Hard Knocks Calls For QLD Choir Recruits
Tia Auld
Music is my Muse, 7 September 2017

Sunshine Coast Next on the map for School of Hard Knocks
Matthew Wotherspoon, Westender, 5 September 2017

100 singers needed for School of Hard Knocks event
Sunshine Coast Daily, 5 September 2017

Governor’s wife new patron of School of Hard Knocks choir
Port Macquarie News, 2 September 2017

Arts-based groups benefit individuals with mental health conditions
Science Daily, 19 July 2017

Melbourne International Singers Festival
Classic Melbourne, 2 June 2017

Sensational Concert Program Launched at Melbourne International Singers Festival 2017
Broadway World, 26 May 2017

Absolutely Everybody School of Hard Knocks Choir celebrates first birthday
Port Macquarie News , 2 April 2017

School of Hard Knocks choir and Concento unite in song
Port Macquarie News , 19 March 2017

Vox Harmony finds tune with Choir of Hard Knocks director Jonathon Welch
Hamish Geale,
The Examiner, 19 March 2017

No Excuses! Latrobe Valley
Melina Bath, Member for Eastern Victoria
Parliamentary Debates, Legislative Council, 7 March 2017

NSW Governor David Hurley attends Port Macquarie Base Hospital afternoon tea
Lisa Tisdell
Port Macquarie News, 27 February 2017

Hard Knock lives on in song
Bayside News, 20 February 2017

Do you want to join the Choir of Hard Knocks
Port Macquarie News, 4 Februay 2017

Flicka is Taking it to the Streets
Lou Fancher
San Francisco Classical Voice, 2 Feb 2017

Citizens Honoured
Latrobe Valley Express, 30 January 2017

‘Street Requiem’ Inspires Choir to Tackle Homeless Problem
Rachael Myrow
KQED Arts Newsletter, 27 Jan 2017

Latrobe City Council announces Australia Day winners
Latrobe media release,  27 January 2017

Make your voice count
Bryce Eishold
Latrobe Valley Express, 26 Jan 2017

Choirs to raise voice against violence
Bryce Eishold
Latrobe Valley Express, 12 Jan 2017


2016 Media Clippings

School of Hard Knocks Port Macquarie Hastings
Produced by Mid North Coast Local Health District, NSW Government,
19 December 2016

Giving victims a voice
Susan Horsburgh
Australian Women’s Weekly, 15 December 2016

There’s no time for excuses
Emma Watson
La Trobe Valley Express, 21 Nov 2016

Singing duo heading to the big stage
Nicolas Jungfer
Southern Cross, 16 November 2016

Jonathon helps to find Wagga’s voice
The Riverina Leader, 8 November 2016

Hard Knocks Choir ready for Big Debut
Louise Rennie
NBN News, 8 November 2016

Absolutely Everybody Choir Port Macquarie Hastings School of Hard Knocks to perform first headline concert
Lisa Tisdell
Port Macquarie News, 24 October 2016

School of Hard Knocks: University of Queensland study finds physical, mental health gains
Kym Agius
ABC News, 14 October 2016

ABC Story on the release of University of Queensland’s research findings
Ellie Sibson
ABC News, 14 October 2016

Opportunity knocks for disadvantaged choir members
UQ News, 6 October 2016

Street sound soaring out
Cranbourne News, 25 August 2016

What’s on at the theatre
Isobel MacCallum
The Daily Advertiser, 21 August 2016

Community Choirs sing in Cranbourne
Cranbourne News, 17 August

Connected through the power of singing
Emma Watson
Latrobe Valley Express, 8 August 2016

Jonathon Welch interviewed by Chris Smith
Chris Smith
Radio 2GB, 19 July 2016

Can’t knock this choir
The Senior, 29 June 2016

Opportunity Knocks
Julie Houghton
Warcry, 25 June 2016

Absolutely fabulous night of song with Port Macquarie’s Absolutely Everybody choir, Kala Rava and Blokes Notes | photos
Jan Dennis
Port Macquarie News, 22 June 2016

ABC: Singing Leo Sayer and the No Excuses! choir
Jon Faine
ABC Conversation Hour, 6 June 2016

Homeless to benefit from Street Requiem’ concert at Benaroya Hall
Kate Clark
Seattle Times, 29 April 2016

Voices Raised in Song
Alana Mitchelson
Pakenham Gazette, 7 April 2016

School of Hard Knocks Port Macquarie Hastings
6 April 2016

No Excuses Choir: Victims of family violence form choir to bring a message of hope to others
Cathy Jacobs
1 April 2016

Valley United in Music
Latrobe Valley Express, 10 March 2016

Marie van Gend will lead the School of Hard Knocks choir
Lauren White
2 March 2016

Recruiting for School of Hard Knocks Choir Port Macquarie
Camden Haven Courier, 29 January 2016


2015 Media Clippings

LaTrobe Community Choir Sings for Social Inclusion
Zoe Ferguson
ABC Gippsland, 10 December 2015

The Choir that celebrates inclusion
30 November 2015

Hard Knocks finds a home in Hastings
Ben Cooper
Port News, 21 November 2015

School of Hard Knocks Choir Program to Launch on Mid North Coast
Camden Haven Courier (Laurieton, Australia), 17 November 2015

Local Hero: No Excuses Founder Kathleen McGuire
Virgina Millen
The Weekly Review, 12 November 2015

School of Hard Knocks choir
Anne Debert
9 October 2015

School of Hard Knocks Choir (Qld)
Anne Debert
ABC Brisbane, October 2015

Song Suite premieres family violence stories of heartache and inspirational resilience
Jasmine Crittenden
Music Australia, 28 September 2015

Choir for domestic violence victims hopes to build resilience
Stephanie Corsetti
ABC, 24 September 2015

Chorus of approval greets Melbourne International Singers Festival 2015
Annabel Ross
Sydney Morning Herald, 10 April 2015

Choir For The Community
Farrah Plummer
Latrobe Valley Express, 6 April 2015

Alan Jones interviews Jonathon Welch about Street Requiem
Alan Jones
2GB, February 2015

One Night Only: The Streets Meet The Opera House
Wade Goodwyn,
NPR News, February 16, 2015

Lindt cafe siege, Charlie Hebdo victims to be remembered at Sydney concert
Su-Lin Tan,
Sydney Morning Herald, February 14, 2015

Music Minister Steps Out With Street Choir
Sam Hodges
United Methodist News, January 26, 2015


2014 Media Clippings

Dallas Street Choir Makes Music From Hardship
Jeffrey Weiss,
The Dallas Morning News, December 24, 2014

Frankston choir gives voice to the homeless and disadvantaged
Christian Tatman
Frankston Standard Leader, 7 November 2014

Outlook’s Sweet Sounding Aims
Danielle Galvin
Pakenham Gazette, 25 June 2014

Street Requiem Rehearsals, Melbourne
MSN News, June 7, 2014

Choir of Hard Knocks’ Jonathan Welch’s new work takes on street deaths
Bhakthi Puvanenthiran,
Sydney Morning Herald, June 6, 2014

Street Requiem
Suzanne Yanko,
Classic Melbourne, 1 June 2014

Humanity, music, performance and art come together for the world premiere of Street Requiem
Blain Crellin
Toorak Times, 1 June 2014

New choral work inspired by street violence debuts
Gareth Boreham,
SBS 8 June 2014

Voices Without Borders
ABC, Life Matters, 10 June 2014

Asylum Seeker Choir Brings Down The House
AMES News, 17 June 2014

Asylum seekers voice their joy
AMES News, 13 February 2014

Health, Arts, Local Government and Social Inclusion
Victorian Planning & Environmental Law Association
(VPELA) Newsletter
April 2013

When the School was born
The Sydney Morning Herald
1 November 2012