Choir of Hard Knocks

2007 | Produced by FremantleMedia for the ABC (with Blackwatch's Alison Black as Showrunner/ Executive Producer) 


The Choir of Hard Knocks is an eclectic group of disadvantaged and homeless people who have created an unlikely musical phenomenon.

This group of around 50 men and women have come together under the leadership of former Opera Australia principal Jonathon Welch, who has transformed a disparate bunch of people into a fantastic choir.

Ten years later the Choir, under Jonathon's guidance, is still singing and currently on a national tour which included a performance at Sydney's Opera House in July 2016.


Alison’s work in many ways has unquestionably changed how we look at issues around how we deal with people experiencing homelessness, mental health and disadvantage. She set the bar incredibly high with the care, personal support for all the crew and cast, vast experience, professionalism, energy and vision.
— Jonathon Welch


Winner, Logie for Most Outstanding Factual Program 2007