• PAYCE Headquarters, Sydney NSW.

Sydney Street Choir celebrates brighter days

Australia's longest running choir for the homeless have been deep in rehearsals since early in the year.

The Sydney Street Choir represent an escape for the socially disadvantaged through the introduction of music into people`s lives. And for their next musical spectacular the Sydney Street Choir will be presenting the theatre show 'Blue Skies' next month.

The choir first became involved with PAYCE through their performance at the Lights of Christmas, which was presented by PAYCE in 2014 the Sydney. Since then the choir has made many public appearances supporting charity events, including the annual Salvation Army's Christmas Dinner.

A highlight for the choir was performing last year at the Sydney Opera House with top recording artists, Demi Hines, Paulini and Dami Im.

PAYCE`s Commitment to Social Equity

Australian property investment and development company, PAYCE, entered into a long-term partnership with the Sydney Street Choir last year in order to help secure the choir's long-term sustainability.

PAYCE is committed to social equity, and with the Sydney Street Choir who share the common goal of helping those who are disadvantaged. PAYCE provides resources and sponsorship to various socially committed and volunteer organisations such as The Sydney Street Choir.

Mr Brian Boyd and PAYCE, long term partner for social equity.

PAYCE Managing Director, Brian Boyd said the partnership includes helping the choir with a number of new initiatives involving the corporate sector through new programs and corporate workshops and a concerted membership drive to encourage corporate sponsorship through the 'Friends of the Sydney Street Choir'.

Corporate workshop programs are designed for businesses to bring their workforce together around a team building model, which makes extensive use of music and song. The program encourages a sense of community, and allows for self expression.

Sydney Street Choir - enriching lives through music.

The 25-strong Sydney Street Choir was established in 2001 and since then its members have performed a wide repertoire of songs to appreciative audiences. The choir has more recently taken up the challenge of musical theatre and has successfully performed three shows.

"This latest venture into musical theatre productions is a wonderful and confident new direction for the choir, who continue to reach out and engage new audiences with their uplifting performances," said Mr Brian Boyd.

The choir is led by director James Paul, well-known for his work with youth and disadvantaged groups around Sydney and an accomplished musician and singer in his own right, added Mr Boyd.

Mr Paul said the choir members have been working extremely hard at rehearsals for over three months and were looking forward to presenting their new work to a large audience.

"There is already interest in performing the show at other locations, so we may have to take the show on the road if it proves to be popular," he said.

Blue Skies shining on me, nothing but blue skies do I see ...

Blue Skies is a fun, heart-warming look at the successes, hopes and dreams of the members, featuring lots of songs, music, anecdotes, a little bit of dancing and an abundance of the choir's renowned passion.

The song, Blue Skies, was written by Irving Berlin 90 years ago and over the years has been recorded by many well-known artists, including Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and, more recently, Willie Nelson. The song has been selected by the choir as the theme of their new show as well as featuring in the show.

Blue Skies will be performed on Saturday, 21 May, 2016 at the Giant Dwarf Theatre, 199 Cleveland Street, Redfern at 2.00 pm. Tickets are available online at


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