Newtown’s Martha Fleet has rediscovered her voice thanks to the “wonderful women” at Geelong Harmony.

“They’re a fabulous bunch of women with a fantastic musical director,” she said.

Martha joined the choir in November 2016 after her husband suffered a fall, which at the time she feared would leave him unable to walk.

“I joined because I was told my husband would never come home and I would have to find a nursing home for him,” she said.

Martha was part of school choirs and her husband’s church choir, but “never had the time” to pursue her singing since.

She saw a flier for Geelong Harmony and went to one of the choir’s rehearsals.

“I thought I would be old to join,” she said.

“But they were so welcoming and pleasant that I wanted to be with these women.”

Meanwhile, Martha and her husband found “an absolutely fantastic physio” who helped him walk again.

“Because of my husband’s sheer determination he was able to walk again with a walker,” she said.

For Martha the choir had become a form of respite.

“It gets me out of the house,” she said.

The women of Geelong Harmony had become more than singing partners too, she said.

“We talk about everything – it’s a great sisterhood. The thing that holds everybody together is this love of singing.”

One of Martha’s favourite gigs with Geelong Harmony is performing at Citizenship Ceremonies each Australia Day.

“The look on their faces is just wonderful – some people have tears in their eyes – they’re so glad to come to Australia and be citizens here,” she said.

Martha was thrilled to be heading to the Sweet Adelines Australia competition with Geelong Harmony in Hobart later this month.

“This is the first time I’ve been to something like this,”

Geelong Harmony will perform a sneak peek of their song-list for the Australia-wide chorus competition at Western Heights Uniting Church on 7 May.

Doors open at 7.30pm and entry is a gold coin donation.


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