A NEW book celebrating an almost four-decades-old Bendigo children’s choir was officially launched last Sunday.
Sing Dream Belong – A History of the Bendigo Youth Choir was co-authored by the group’s founder Valerie Broad, and Mary Pomfret, and launched by Former State Premier and Federal Member for Bendigo, John Brumby.
Broad said she hoped the book will serve as a legacy to all those involved in the choir over its nearly four-decade history.
“Today is a day to which I’ve looked forward for a very, very long time. And as I stand here, I feel such a sense of exaltation, it’s a dream come true,” she said.
“It’s been an extraordinary journey and was very emotional to write.
“I have read it so many times that I’ve almost memorised it as I relive the feelings and remember the faces of all those who shared the journey, and now through the pages of this book, we can share those memories and emotions with you.”
Pomfret said the “underlying theme” which came up as it was written was the “love and care” that the choir members had for one another.
“The book is a tangible and poignant record of the amazing achievements of the Bendigo Youth Choir,” she said.
“The book and the stories it contains is a testament to Valerie’s vision and her belief in the power of music to heal and transform lives.”
Mr Brumby said the book was essentially a tribute to Broad’s contributions to Bendigo, the state, and the nation, and to all the choir participants and supporters over the years.
“I’m proud to be here just less than four decades later, and the story is far from over,” he said.
The book launch was held at St Andrew’s Uniting Church on Sunday 18 June and copies can be obtained by calling 0427 250 768.