Singers of all ages will soon be able to experience the charismatic choral coaching of Dr Jonathon Welch right here in Gladstone. 

Gladstone Performing Arts Company (GPAC) is bringing Jonathon to town on August 31 and September 1 with the help of the Regional Arts Development Fund, an initiative of Gladstone Regional Council and the Queensland State Government. 

Jonathon is best known for the Choir of Hard Knocks television series on ABCTV which revealed the great power of choral singing in building promise in the lives of those less fortunate. In recent years he has been head of the Melbourne International Singers’ Festival, and Play it Forward, which aims to make the arts accessible for people from all walks of life. 

GPAC president, Asher Roby, said choir members are very excited to bring the world-renowned conductor to Gladstone, as he has a wealth of experience and a history of improving lives through singing. 

“At GPAC we are always on the lookout for opportunities to take our vocal work to the next level, to inspire our performers, and of course have fun doing it,” Asher said. “When Jenny, our own choir conductor, met Jonathon during one of his cruise ship workshops, she approached him about coming to Gladstone to host some workshops, and he was very enthusiastic about the idea.” 

Jonathon’s visit is sponsored by the RADF, meaning those interested in booking a place on the workshops can do so at very minimal cost and all members of the community are welcome. 

GPAC choir conductor, Jennifer Garrett said she’s looking forward to hearing which songs Jonathon chooses to teach workshop attendees. 

“Jonathon is always very creative and chooses repertoire that he can teach completely by ear, so participants do not have to be able to read sheet music,” she said. 

“His focus is always about inclusion and making everyone in the room feel capable. 

Jonathon’s charter to help people in the community mirrors the aims of GPAC, which encourages community members to be involved in the performing arts to enhance their physical and emotional wellbeing through involvement in a musical, artistic community. 

Workshops for primary and secondary students will be held on Saturday, August 31 ($10 each). The full-day adult workshop will be on Sunday, September 1 ($15 each). To book, visit