Speakers Profile - Dr Jonathon Welch

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When was the last time you saw one of Australia's most celebrated TV personalities and singers, who has also won an Australian of the Year Local Hero award and has When was the last time you saw one of Australia's most celebrated TV personalities and singers, who has also won an ARIA, Logie and Helpmann Award, MC an event as well as sing and be an inspirational key note speaker -- all on the same night!

Jonathon Welch is truly a brilliant and extraordinarily versatile talent as well as being an inspiration to all Australian's for his work with the homeless and his passion for Social Justice, for which he has been awarded with Australian of the Year, Local hero 2008 and an Order of Australia in the June 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours

One of Australia's finest Tenors, Jonathon released his current album, "With a Song in My Heart" in 2008. Produced and distributed by ABC Classics, the album contains many of the most popular songs ever recorded, from Musical Theatre to Stevie Wonder and a Jonathon Welch original thrown in for good measure. Jonathon's versatility can deliver a rapturous performance from the pop, music theatre or operatic genre to Josh Groban's "You Raise Me Up", or all of the above so as to tailor each function to suit your individual needs.

Jonathon has worked and sung with the best of the world's great artists, Directors & Conductors including Dame Joan Sutherland, k.d. Lang, Jimmy Somerville, Anne Murray, Slim Dusty, Jimmy Barnes, Kate Ceberano, Richard Bonynge, Baz Luhrmann, Graeme Murphy, Jimmy Barnes and Kasey Chambers to name a few.

As an "all in one" package, Jonathon is also available to act as MC as well as sing and/or speak at your event -- so if you want the man that can "do it all" -- you will be delighted with his amazing singing talent as well as Jonathon's warm, funny and engaging sense of style that will bring a level of class bar none -- to help bring all elements of your event together to make it a truly memorable occasion.

Jonathon Welch Keynote Presentations

Building confidence, resilience and sustainability through adversity and creativity

Five years on, the Choir of Hard Knocks is about to celebrate their extraordinary journey with the creation of their first self devised musical, "My Fare Label", and the filming of the follow up "where are they now" documentary. Jonathon Welch AM still rehearses and performs every week with the Choir (now known as Choir of Hope and Inspiration). In this keynote, he shares the remarkable story of the the Choir's journey and many of it's members successful transition to work and study through the confidence and self esteem singing with the Choir has brought them.

2. ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE...eliminate the negative!

Creating a Choir with homeless and disadvantaged people -- where in the heck do I start! If you think building a team is hard, how would you feel working with a group of people that have a mental or physical illness, intellectual disability or are drug addicts and alcoholics? Jonathon Welch, Founding Music Director and creator of the amazing success story behind the "Choir of Hard Knocks" shares his story and insight into how he went about building confidence, self-esteem, pride and team spirit with a group of people who were traditionally seen as disenfranchised and had no "voice" in our Community " leading them to sing at the Sydney Opera House and produce a Top Ten ARIA CD. In 2008, the ABC documentary, The Choir of Hard Knocks won the Logie Award for Best Factual TV Series and also a Helpmann Award in 2008.

Move your staff right out of their "comfort zone" and build self esteem, confidence and teamwork like never before!

Jonathon Welch has built his reputation on the fact that he believes everyone can sing. He's even created one of the most successful music acts in Australian history with a group of homeless and disadvantaged people in the "Choir of Hard Knocks" (now known as the Choir of Hope and Inspiration) -- and they said it couldn't be done!

In a fun series of workshops, Jonathon will not only show you and your staff/clients how hard the Choir has worked to not only achieve, but maintain their success and help turn many of their lives around, but can also create your very own "Corporate Choir" within your organisation, through fun, non-threatening & innovative movement and singing workshops, where teamwork is developed in a way you would never think possible developing confidence, staff collaboration, and communication.

Choirs can be developed between departments or companies with a "sing off" to display their accomplishments (this is really a fun way to entertain at your Corporate or staff dinner too), as well as show that each member of the choir team, if you are the CEO or the tea lady, everyone has to "pull their weight" to build their individual confidence and get them to work together as a team, not only giving their voice, but listening to each other to be the best "choir" that they can be and sound as "one voice".

Building Resilience & Embracing Change as a Positive Challenge

Most people know Jonathon through his amazing work as the creator of the Logie, Helpmann and ARIA award winning Choir of Hard Knocks.

"What most people don't know is when I turned 23, my mother died, my father had disappeared, my sister was on the streets with 3 children and the only thing that saved my life was my passion for music and the offer of joining a touring Broadway show". Would you have seen this as a crisis or a turning point?

As a call to action to create a more caring & inclusive society, Jonathon's creation of Social Inclusion Week and the National Street Party concept in November 2009 seems simple, but it has taken a lifetime of soul searching and personal difficulty to help formulate the creation of these projects that are "world firsts". Jonathon will share his own personal journey of crisis that he saw as a turning point each time, that has led him to be considered one of the most innovative social entrepreneurs today (including the journey of Choir of Hard Knocks and Jail Birds, his latest ABC documentary set in Tarrengower women's prison), to take you through the inspiration behind his project and provide the impetus for clients to re evaluate change and crisis, connect with staff and all those around them & foster a sense of community and return to the values of caring, collaboration and cohesion.

Corporate Entertainment and/or Social Responsibility Programme

For the first time, the original members of the Choir of Hard Knocks (now known as the Choir of Hope and Inspiration)) is not only available to sing at your Corporate function as the perfect opener or finale to your event or conference, they will also share their personal stories (S.O.S. Share Our Stories) individually and collectively, of their personal trials and tribulations to become part of the most celebrated and unique music acts in Australian history.

After the Choir has sung some of their hits from their ARIA award winning CDs, the choir members come forward in a candid "Q and A" to tell some of their stories of homelessness, disadvantage, mental illness, drug & alcohol addiction, and move down from the stage, to sit with you at the table and talk personally with your staff or clients.

The Choir members & Jonathon will engage Corporate Australia to help understand the issues everyone faces around hardship & resilience, as they help you to understand that the situations they have faced in their lives, could happen to anyone of us is the blink of an eye.

S.O.S (Share Our Stories) is the most unique experience you will ever witness and the perfect "ice breaker" to make your event the most memorable ever.