Big Voice Community Choir

Big Voice Choir – Brunswick Heads

I seem destined to start choirs wherever I go. I grew up singing in choirs – and I love the sound, the spirit, the collective energy, the miracle of creating big music with simple voices.

My choirs work in 10 week terms, four terms a year. They are generally 20 to 30 voices, men and women, and at the end of each term I like to do some kind of performance. Songs range from pop songs (Chasing Cars), folk songs, and increasingly I am writing original material for choirs, or arranging songs by local songwriters. It helps to read music, or have had some singing experience.

Big Voice Community Choir is directed by Janet Swain. Starting in 2017 based at the Brunswick Heads Bowling Club, directed jointly by Janet Swain and Adrian Brett. Adrian left to purse other interests and Janet has run the choir ever since.

Moving to Brunswick Picture House in 2020 where we enjoy the energy, sometimes chaotic, of this amazing lively performance venue.

We sing a broad range of songs and people find their comfortable voice place in the choir.

Singing in a choir is a really wonderful thing to do – connecting with community, singing beautiful uplifting songs together, and making great friends.

The first Monday of each term, new people are able to come and check the choir out to see if it works for them.

Mondays 5.30pm to 7.30pm – at Brunswick Picture House, Fingal Street, Brunswick Heads NSW 

Term 4 2023: Commences Monday 16th October


10 week terms x 4 per year

Cost: $200/$180 per term payable in cash or online via

Musical Direction – Janet Swain (0438965397)

Admin: Wendy Mahoney



“I love the choir, it lifts my spirits. it keeps me happy for the week.”

“You can come here feeling terrible, and what we sing is so many emotions. the freedom of the group. I love everything about it.”

“Like opening a bottle of fizz, suddenly all your energy comes out. I feel the energy and th sounds that people make. You can feel it coming right up through my body.”

“Singing just opens me up and grounds me. Janet holds a very beautiful space and lets them open up.”

“I feel free – free to give voice. Makes me feel generous, I want to share. Im not scared, I’m letting go. I love the songs, all the songs are inspiring and uplifting, I laugh and I like them all. They are easy to learn. They are a lot of fun.”

“A wonderful surprise! I feel a real joy. They feel familiar and uplifting.”

“I’m enjoying the experience, a lot of fun, uplifting and inspiring.”

“I love singing in a circle. I love the effect the harmonies have on me. We connect with each other.”

“It’s joyful, it’s fun. You have to listen, and there is improvisation. a lot of freedom and joy.”

“Janet’s joyfulness is contagious! Singing in a circle, the body exercises, the expression takes you out of yourself so that you become more courageous, singing can do that and Janet shows us how. She has all these techniques at her fingertips. A skilled and beautiful teacher.”

“A gentle approach to being freer with your voice, I don’t feel any pressure.”