Choir comes knocking
KIM was eight years old when a bookcase fell on
her head, leaving her with an acquired brain injury and myriad
Five years ago she joined the Choir of Hope and Inspiration -
formerly the Choir of Hard Knocks - fell in love with a fellow
member, got engaged and dropped from 200kg to 75kg.
It's another amazing tale of inspiration to come from the motley
crew of homeless and disadvantaged who stole the nation's hearts
and sympathies in the award-winning 2007 ABC series Choir of Hard
Six years later, the sequel Beyond Hard Knocks will be launched
and screen at the inaugural Melbourne International Singers
Festival this weekend.
"Everywhere I go people still ask me how's the choir? Where's
What's Simon doing?" said choir founder and director Jonathan
"Personally in their own lives they have made such amazing
The ABC declined to be involved in the follow-up, so Welch
produced it himself.
Clarko, the gentle giant who used to stand at the back smoking
while everyone sang their hearts ou, is "the star" of the new doco,
"He's quite tormented by the fact he has never found his father,
and I'm trying to help him find his father," Welch said.
Others may remember the painfully skinny Simon who suffered from
severe paranoid schizophrenia.
"Simon has been released from the medical health registry, he's
very well, he doesn't shake anymore and he's put on 30 kg. He's
releasing his second book of poetry," Welch said.
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