I am proud to be patron of Singers of Southern Tasmania and delighted to provide this patron’s message for the new website. The SoST mission statement affirms a belief that “a love of music unites people in joy and harmony and it nurtures and sustains the spirit of people in all walks of life, all levels of ability, and living in all kinds of environments.” A love of music is a precious gift. Like so many of you, from a very young age, music has enriched my life beyond measure and even to this day my love affair with music never stops.
I write this message to you on World Music Day 1 October 2020. World music day was initiated by Yehudi Menuhin in 1975. It is organised by the International Music Council, the world’s largest network of organisations, institutions and individuals functioning in the field of music, to foster, like Singers of Southern Tasmania, access to culture for everyone and to establish global harmony through music.
It has been demonstrated over and over again during the course of the Covid 19 lockdowns, as we seek solace and reach out in kindness to each other, that music is one of the greatest unifiers of humanity. There are those who would argue that music, in particular singing, is intrinsic to human existence and that love and music are inherently related because music happens in that place where intellect and heart converge in the human spirit.
So, as patron, I thank you, Singers of Southern Tasmania, for giving your love music to others. I commend and congratulate you on fostering the innate human aptitude to engage with music, this most precious of gifts, by promoting an interest in choral music and the joy of singing, and encouraging “a sense of community inclusiveness while aspiring to high performance standards that reward performers and audience alike.” A wonderful service to our community.
1 October 2020.