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St Vincent de Paul Society NSW album launch celebrates the sound of inclusivity

Alternate Voices, the latest album produced through the Ozanam Learning Centre (OLC), will be launched at the Factory Theatre in Marrickville on July 27.

OLC is a community inclusion service in Woolloomooloo run by the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW.

The album features 12 original songs composed by the OLC Music Collective and delves into the personal stories, aspirations, and growth of the band members who are all the participants of the OLC music program.

It is the third album recorded at OLC’s music studio as part of the OLC music program, which provides pathways for people assisted by the Society NSW who are interested in exploring and expanding their musical talents.

“We’ve been running the OLC music program for over 10 years now, allowing people we assist to continue their music education and equipping them with valuable skills to reach their purpose in life”, explained Omar Abidin, Activities Coordinator at OLC.

“This socially inclusive program also focuses on developing valuable communication skills within a collaborative setting,” said Mr Abidin.

Being part of the band has given lead singer Gaby a shared purpose and a sense of connection with other group members and the wider community.

“We are dealing with different challenges, but we all share the need for food, company, and socialising. I look forward to coming to the music program every week and feeling like I belong,” said Gaby.

“The album celebrates the talent within the OLC community. It means a lot to us it means a lot to us to be able to express ourselves and be heard,” she added.

Yolanda Saiz, CEO of St Vincent de Paul Society NSW, said that the album launch resonates with the goal of the community inclusion service, to empower individuals and nurture their potential.

“We are incredibly proud of the OLC Music Collective and their dedication in channelling their unique personal journey in life into music.

“The ultimate goal of our community inclusion service is to be a welcoming and empowering facility where people from all walks of life can come together, learn, engage, and receive support while discovering their purpose, passion and talent.

“I encourage everyone to come to the show and witness the band’s remarkable performance of their album. Your presence and support will be meaningful to these exceptionally talented individuals,” said Ms Saiz.

The Alternate Voices album launches on July 27, 2023, at the Factory Theatre in Marrickville. The OLC Music Collective will perform alongside guest artists Sydney Street Choir and Groovepilot.


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