It all started with Anne’s Story
After a performance of my cabaret show, ‘Champagne and Song’ I was talking with an audience member Anne. She generously shared some of her memories about one of the songs I had just performed.
With much animation, nostalgia and joy, she recounted how she herself had sung this song – Doris Day’s Secret Love – to fellow passengers on the ship from Holland to Australia in the early 60’s. She recalled the fun and excitement of the journey, the details of the key she sang it in and who had been there with her sharing these moments.
This brief interaction, left me wondering how many other special moments and memories could be unlocked and shared with friends and the wider community, if we were to ask the question and value and respect the answer.
My life has always been centred around music and my love of song.
I am constantly curious about the human voice, its ability to move the listener and how we all are so connected to and by music.
I have been a singer and pianist for as long as I can remember. As a professional opera, music theatre and concert singer, my role was to bring the notes on the page and the drama of the story to life. I have been so lucky to have had this extraordinary career experience.
Everything shifted for me when I discovered the unexpected joy of interacting more closely with audiences. Good things happen when they are involved in creating the shared performance experience.
You add this to a drive to explore the connection between song and personal stories and how these threads weave together to create our collective experience, and you can understand why SongStory Project came into being and how it continues to grow in ways I could never have imagined.
“I loved being involved with this wonderful project. It has and will give the community much pleasure in the coming years.
Well done to Penny Reynolds and her beautiful singing voice. It was a musical feast for everybody.”
Serena, Mundaring SongStory Project