Something to Sing About (STSA), a global network of choirs for cancer survivors, was launched in University Hospital Galway on Wednesday 14 November 2012. STSA is the brainchild of Dr Paul Donnellan, Consultant Medical Oncologist at Galway University Hospitals and Mayo General Hospital. Dr Paul Donnellan said:
A diagnosis of cancer is shocking news and undoubtedly a life-altering event. STSA celebrates the fact that most patients diagnosed with commo cancers such as breast and prostate cancer turn out to be cancer survivors: 80% of prostate cancer patients will survive their disease; 90% of breast cancer patients live longer than 5yrs, and many of these are cured. There are more cancer survivors alive at this moment than at any other time in the history of the World. This is surely something to sing about!
STSA is a not-for-profit organization that supports cancer patients by bringing them together on a weekly basis to sing together and feel connected. Continued ongoing support from fellow-survivors and choir practice can be very therapeutic since musical expression is increasingly recognized as beneficial for cancer patients. Our mission is to form a global choir of cancer survivors that supports cancer patients, and generates funds for cancer research.
All those interested in joining STSA either as a singer-survivor or general volunteer are invited to attend. New singers, volunteers and new choirs are welcome! Log onto www.stsa.ie or our Facebook page for more details.
Something To Sing About at the Olivia Newton John Cancer and Wellness Centre is a pilot program and will take place every week in the Group room at the Wellness Centre, 2:30-3:30pm.
The choir will be led by Adam Przewlocki one of Australia’s leading show choir directors. Adam founded the first of his choirs, the Divine Divas of Sunbury in 2007. He has enjoyed an illustrious career as concert pianist, chamber musician and accompanist, performing throughout Australia, USA, Europe, Taiwan, Korea, China, Japan and New Zealand. Adam was Musical Director, pianist and vocalist with renowned cabaret group ‘Pot-Pourri’ for 10 years. Adam’s dedication and service has been acknowledged as a National Finalist in the 2009 Herald Sun ‘Pride of Australia’ medal for services to the community. During Adam’s competitive career, he amassed over 200 prizes in Eisteddfods throughout Australia, was a finalist in the Stravinsky International Piano Competition for Young Artists in Illinois, USA in 1990 and 4th prizewinner in the Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists in Germany, 1991. Adam is also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Study Grant and is a Churchill Fellow. He also studied on full scholarship at London’s Royal Academy of Music from 1992-1996. He has performed in master classes conducted by Andras Schiff, John Lill, Peter Donahue, Alfred Brendel, Pascal Roge and Imogen Cooper.
By Lama Majaj