Katie Noonan asks you to raise your voice for domestic violence cause
WE'RE not gonna sit in silence. We're not gonna live with fear.
When Australian singer-songwriter Katie Noonan listened to the words of John Farnham's You're the Voice recently, she realised she could use their power for an important purpose.
Since being named artistic director of the Queensland Music Festival, Noonan was grappling with how she could use the role to take a stand against family and domestic violence.
"I started ruminating upon the words of basically our unofficial national anthem You're the Voice and thought, 'Wow, when you look at that song through the filter of domestic and family violence it's actually incredibly apt and incredibly beautiful and hopeful and strong'," Noonan said.
That hope and strength will be echoed by thousands of singers when they join together in song for the festival's You're the Voice musical event.
Choirs across the country will join a 2500-strong chorus based in the South Bank Piazza on Saturday, July 29 via livestream and sing the John Farnham hit while conducted by Choir of Hard Knocks' Dr Jonathon Welch.
"At 5pm on July 29 you know that wherever you are in the country, you will be singing along with thousands of other people at the same time, singing for the same reason," Noonan said.
"I'm a bit of a hippy, but you know the vibrations and the energy of that is going to be incredible. It's going to be a really momentous moment."
Noonan will be joined on stage by a line-up of stars, as well as event patron Dame Quentin Bryce, domestic and family violence campaigner Rosie Batty and Allison Baden-Clay's sister, Vanessa Fowler.
"It's just incredible to be around that strength and resilience," Noonan said.
She said while she had not experienced family or domestic violence first-hand, she felt she had to speak out about it, and believed it was the responsibility of musicians and artists to comment on the "orders of the day in our society".
"I know this is a problem and I know I want to do something," she said.
"We as a collective, we're a powerful bunch.
"We have the power to make politicians listen and make discussions be had, and therefore laws get changed and people's lives are improved. You know, all the big stuff."
If you would like to raise your voice for the cause, visit the festival website for more details and to register your choir, or to register as an individual.