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Bob Nash (WebMaster)

28 October 2008

Vietnam Vets rise up in song.

Australia’s first ever war veteran’s choir has been formed under the name of ‘Veteran Soul’ and proudly acknowledges its legendary performer Patrons, Ms Lorrae Desmond and Ms Patricia Amphlet (Little Pattie).

Subtitled ‘The Vietnam Veteran’s Community Choir, The formation of Veteran Soul not only provides a strong community involvement opportunity for the vets, their partners and families, but also represents an opportunity for the veterans to give to society through delivering charitable performances at fundraisers for various charity organizations.

Choir founder and leader is Vietnam veteran Francis Edwards that many will know through the growing success of his recent CD ‘Vietnam Dreamscape’ which was produced to act as a fundraiser for the veterans’ suicide intervention project ‘Program ASIST.’

Veteran Soul currently has 15 core members and wants to build that up to 24 core members who are willing to commit to the Tuesday and Thursday evening choir rehearsals with a view to becoming a tight vocal unit capable of appearing on any stage anywhere. While the Tuesday night rehearsal is for those committed core members, the Thursday night practice sessions are also open to any and all vets, their partners and family who may just want to come and have a bloody good sing out among the company of their peers and friends.

Veteran Soul has enlisted a qualified choir mistress/ singing teacher to run the Tuesday night practice sessions in tandem with Francis while he looks after the Thursday night sessions that re-enforce the learning of the previous Tuesday evenings effort.

Veteran Soul’s first CD, is being planned for recording in April 2009 with a hopeful release date during June 2009.

The new album will bear the title ‘Angels beyond the Abyss’ and will be the choir’s first charity recording aimed at lifting public sympathy and awareness regarding the plight of Australia’s growing number of homeless people. Profit proceeds will be split 50/50 between Wesley Mission and St Vincent De Paul Society.

Sydney metro based Veterans, partners and children wishing to join Veteran Soul should contact Francis Edwards on (02) 9660 2595 or 0458 993 268 or franced@bigpond.net.au for more information.

Interstate chapters of Veteran Soul will no doubt be formed during 2009 and Vietnam vets wishing to become choir leaders of Veteran Soul in their state or region, should also contact Francis who offers full support to any singer vet who feels they can handle such a project.

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