The Hope Collective: Making a Difference through Music

Originally posted on Wesley Institute’s website: http://www.wi.edu.au/news/hope-collective

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“As musicians living in suburban Australia with a young family, we are thankful for the relatively easy life we have. But for us, that’s not enough. We want to make a difference in this world.”

– Lauren Moxey, 2006 Bachelor of Music Alumnus

Tim and Lauren Moxey studied the Bachelor of Music at Wesley Institute. Lauren graduated from the program in 2006, while Tim completed further studies and finished his degree in 2008 at the University of Central Queensland. The married couple still reflects very fondly on their time at Wesley Institute, says Lauren, not the least reason being it is the place where they met! Now, six years on from their studies, Tim and Lauren have embarked on a new creative pursuit with global implications.

Tim and Lauren are founders of The Hope Collective: Making a Difference through Music. The organisation raises awareness and funds for projects around the world that restore life, health, justice, hope and dignity. “Our model is simple”, say Lauren. “We create professional CDs of beautiful music, and $10 from every CD goes directly to charity. The other half will be used to fund future projects. Each album is created for a specific organisation or project.”

The first album, Stargazing, has recently been released through The Hope Collective. Tim provides lead vocals, accompanied by Australian music legend, Mark Isaacs, on piano. All 15 songs on the album are ‘old favourites’, including “Bridge over Troubled Water”, “My Favourite Things”, “Another Day in Paradise”, “Both Sides Now” and more.

Stargazing will directly support the work of TEAR Australia and its partner, United Mission to Nepal (UMN). Specifically, funds raised go to UMN Cluster Program: Maternal & Child Health. This program is addressing horrific child and maternal mortality rates in remote Nepali villages by providing prenatal care and 24-hour birthing centres, as well as antenatal care for the mothers.

“Music is beautiful and inspiring and enjoyable. We want to use it to make a difference with our lives, and we want to be at least a very small part of addressing social injustice”, say Lauren. “Out of this desire, The Hope Collective was born. It’s our way of using our gifts to bring positive change where it is needed most.”

For further information on The Hope Collective and to purchase Stargazing, visit www.thehopecollective.com.au. CDs cost $20 (plus postage).HopeCollective

On behalf of Wesley Institute, we heartily congratulate Tim and Lauren for what they’ve accomplished through The Hope Collective! At Wesley Institute, we seek to benefit our community as we equip people for Christian life and leadership in a range of influential vocations, and are so encouraged to see our alumni using their gifts and skills to positively impact communities around Australia and the world.

*Artwork for ‘The Hope Collective’ by Kim Hall, Wesley Institute Bachelor of Graphic Design Alumnus

Wesley Institute Alumni Theatre Company Performs at the Seymour Centre

Originally posted on Wesley Institute’s website: http://www.wi.edu.au/news/twisted-tree-theatre-seymour-centre

Wesley Institute’s alumni theatre company, Twisted Tree Theatre, will be presenting The Way of All Fish at the high-profile performing arts space, the Seymour Centre, from 30 October – 1 November.

Twisted Tree Theatre began in 2007 with the purpose of providing Wesley Institute alumni a platform for their theatrical endeavours. In an industry where artists are often confronted with obstacles, Twisted Tree Theatre supports alumni by offering a range of opportunities to develop skills in performing, production, marketing, budgeting and theatre administration, with the aim of producing professional and public work. Alumni are welcome to approach the company at any time with their creative ideas and scripts.

In The Way of All Fish, a one-act play by renowned playwright Elaine May, nothing is as it seems. Having been described as the The Devil Wears Prada meets The Office, this uniquely executed production presents an hilarious and revealing exploration of powerThe Way of All Fish in the modern-day workplace.

The Way of All Fish will be produced, directed, stage-managed and performed entirely by alumni of Wesley Institute’s Bachelor of Dramatic Art. Hailey McQueen (2002 graduate) and Sarah Farmer (2003 graduate) have taken on the play’s lead roles, and Neridah Morris (2006 graduate) will serve as Stage Manager. Naomi Stewart (2002 graduate) is making her debut with Twisted Tree Theatre as director.

Since graduating from Wesley Institute, Naomi completed a Teaching degree and went on to teach Drama and Dance at the HSC level. She also studied extensively in London with exclusive schools, including LABAN Contemporary Dance and Movement Academy and The Circus School. Her talent is in combining physical theatre and comic realism.

“In The Way of All Fish, we are creating something physical, something very funny and something through which audience members will see elements of themselves,” said Naomi.

Wesley Institute congratulates Twisted Tree Theatre on its success, and is proud of the commitment of our alumni to use their skills and areas of expertise for the benefit of their communities.

To book tickets to The Way of All Fish, please click here. For further information on Twisted Tree Theatre, visit their Facebook page.