Calling everyone who has missed singing with their community choir because of the COVID-19 shutdowns, or who loves Christmas carols, or who simply wants to join in a big, festive singalong.

At the end of a long, challenging year when the coronavirus pandemic has kept many families and loved ones apart, ABC Classic has just launched a project called the Classic Choir to bring Australians together through song, and celebrate Christmas.

In-demand composer, Yorta Yorta woman Deborah Cheetham has written a new carol called Christmas With You, which captures a festive mood of hope, comfort and joy, while Wadawurrung artist Deanne Gilson has painted a new artwork, Nyirram turt-barram(The Morning Star Story), to illustrate the themes Cheetham has addressed.

Nyirram turt-barram(The Morning Star Story) by Deanne Gilson

The carol will be rehearsed during several live online sessions during November, under conductor Ben Northey, and participants must then submit a recording by 27 November. Hopefully thousands of Australians will raise their voices and take part. Christmas With Youwill then be released to the world on 15 December.

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