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John Farnham sings against violence

Thousands of Queenslanders joined music icons to raise their voices in song against domestic violence, the Courier Mail reports.

Australian legend John Farnham made a special guest appearance at the Queensland Music Festival’s “You’re The Voice” concert on Saturday night singing his hit song alongside Kate Ceberano, Katie Noonan, Isaiah Firebrace and more than 2,500 choristers.

The free concert at The Courier-Mail Piazza in South Bank began at 5pm on Saturday and featured solo performances from Ceberano, Firebrace and Noonan before they all joined forces for the finale with Farnham.

Ceberano said when she was approached Noonan to participate in the concert she was “all in”.

“As we all understand family violence often stays within families and it’s not spoken of, they’re skeletons in the closet, so in this modern age now we do have this ability to expose light on these dark places,” she said.

Farnham and manager Glenn Wheatley said the were honoured to be a part of the initiative.

“We are proud to have ‘You’re The Voice’ associated with such fine talent and such a worthy cause.”

The singers and audience all wore yellow scarves to support the Allison Baden-Clay Foundation, a charity established to help eliminate domestic violence in Queensland.

As QMF Artistic Director Katie Noonan said she had wanted to do something to bring attention to the important issue of domestic violence.

“It’s an honour to have John Farnham raise his voice alongside thousands from across the country to sing for change,” she said.

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John Farnham talks about how music is about connecting with people (Courier Mail)

John Farnham joins Brisbane choir to sing out against domestic violence (Sydney Morning Herald)

Allison Baden-Clay Foundation

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John Farnham joins Brisbane concert to raise awareness of domestic violence (ABC News)