Jonathon Welch AM is a multi-award winning singer, conductor, teacher, songwriter and recording artist with a career spanning more than three decades. Making his debut with Dame Joan Sutherland at the Sydney Opera House in the Merry Widow in 1988, Jonathon has over 60 stage roles to his credit and has performed extensively in opera, musicals, G&S and in concert alongside many of the world's greeatest singers, directors and conductors including k.d. lang, Baz Lurhmann, and Richard Bonynge.
In 2007, Jonathon's work creating choirs for the homeless and disadvantaged in Australia was the subject of the internationally acclaimed ARIA, Logie and Helpmann award winning TV documentary Choir of Hard Knocks. He also created Jailbirds, a gripping documentary that follows Jonathon inside an Australian women's prison, and was a judge on the highly successful Channel 7's Battle of the Choirs.
Widely recognised for his outstanding 30 year commitment to the music industry, youth music education and his work with marginalised and homeless communities, he was named Australian of the Year Local Hero 2008 and ANZAC of the Year 2009, appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2009, and is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Griffith University and an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders.
In 2009 Jonathon created and launched Social Inclusion Week, making Australia the only country in the world to celebrate social inclusion nationally, and in September 2012 launched his vision for the future of arts, cultural and wellbeing programs and training for those experiencing homelessness and disadvantage with the School of Hard Knocks Institute.
Jonathon has recently returned from Uganda, filming his new documentary Choir Man in Africa, working with the African's Children Choir in preparation for the 50th Anniversary of the Independence of Uganda concerts for the King and Queen of Buganda.
Client Comments for Jonathon Welch
Jonathon Welch travels from Victoria Australia
- Wow! It doesn't get any better than a standing ovation from an AMP audience. All the delegate feedback rated Jonathon's presentation as the most outstanding presentation on the main plenary which is only fitting for a man who has made such a difference to so many disadvantaged lives and has forced a nation to look at the homeless and destitute through a fresh pair of eyes. Our production team really appreciated the amount of work that Jonathon was prepared to put in prior to the event to get it just right for this very critical audience. It's a powerful story that Jonathon tells, which needs to be told again and again and again. We have no hesitation in providing a personal reference to any client who is thinking of using Jonathon at one of their events.
Australian Business Theatre
- Just a quick note to let you know that Jonathon was absolutely terrific at the Novartis conference. He went over and above the call of duty with his workshop which everyone absolutely loved. He had an exhausting trip from Hobart to Port Douglas and still spent about 3 hours on his speech and workshop. He certainly was a highlight and loved by all. He also spent a lot of time at the end mingling with guests and discussing the Choir at length.
- Jonathon was such a lovely person and was a pleasure to work with. His presentation and indeed his story was captivating and inspiring.
- Jonathon's presentation was truly inspirational. The relevance to the conference was perfect and he is a total professional.