Queensland Conservatorium graduate Astrid Jorgensen is harnessing the power of song to combat social isolation caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
For the past three years, Astrid (pictured above) has led Pub Choir events across the globe, in a project driven by a simple ethos: ‘no audition, no solos, no commitments, no sheet music, no worries’.
‘Couch Choir’ becomes the new ‘Pub Choir’ for those socially isolated
“I was feeling a bit down because I couldn’t sing with other people in the way I wanted to,” she said.
“There’s so many people feeling isolated at the moment – it’s really sad.
“It got me thinking – our singing voices still work.
“It’s just we can’t be near each other, and Couch Choir is a solution to that.”
Making musical magic
Last week, Astrid released three videos featuring different harmonies, and participants were asked to record themselves singing at home.
“We asked the internet to stop for a moment and to sing with us,” she said.
“And then we saw the magic unfold.
“Each video was like unwrapping a beautiful, personal, virtual hug.
“We hope the result gives people something to smile about.”
Sharing the love of song
The talented singer and choral specialist graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium with a Master of Music Studies (Vocal Performance) in 2011, after winning the Griffith Award for Academic Excellence.
“I loved being with other people who were equally passionate about music, and I had fantastic teachers.
“It also gave me a chance to get some contemporary performance experience – I don’t think I could lead Pub Choir if I didn’t have that training.”