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About the SOS Choir

The Spirit of the Streets Choir, originally called the Big Issue Choir, was formed in 2007 with the leadership of Bernard and Eleanor Carney. The Choir is a registered incorporated not-for-profit charity.

about the choir

Our Team​

We have many helpers within the choir who assist with setting up for rehearsal and greeting members and visitors as they arrive, checking the safety of venues, organising celebrations, and not forgetting our wonderful Heather Mithen and Anna Ossy-Orley who provide the choir with afternoon tea each week.


Choir Director

Bernard Carney

Born and brought up in Lancashire, UK, he has been a fulltime musician – performing, award winning songwriter, guitar teacher - since arriving in Australia in 1975. Bernard was recently awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his services to music. He and his wife, Eleanor, have strong social consciences as is reflected in their commitment to the choir.



 Rick Steele

Highly accomplished blues musician who has been performing in WA for many years. A well known Perth musician, Rick is a member of the WAM Hall of Fame. He enjoys his annual trip to his country of birth, New Zealand.  Rick supports the choir. particularly when Bernard takes his annual holiday.


Gig Organiser

Eleanor Carney

A former teacher from a musical family, Eleanor grew up in Birmingham. With formal musical training, Eleanor brings a wealth of musical and organisational skills to the choir as well as a passionate interest in people. She organises the booking of gigs and concerts and assists the choir every week. 


Bass Guitar Player


Music is Devo’s fulltime passion, whether it be playing it or continuing to learn more about it. He has been the bass guitar player for the choir for more than 10 years.



John Howard

John is an accomplished guitarist and song writer who has been performing in WA for many years. Apart from supporting the choir in Bernard's absence, John brings extensive technical knowledge, including that of sound systems and recording equipment, to the choir.

meet the team
Operations Committee

The committee is responsible for the ongoing management of the choir and its activities.


Dot Hoareau

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Glennis Paine


Sue Scott


Eleanor Carney


 Trish Todd

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Harry Frochter




Val Dragon


Diana Johnson

The Board

The Choir also has a Board to ensure appropriate policies and practices and to provide legal and financial guidance


Dave Scott


Conor Breheny


Jennifer Binns


Trish Todd


Dot Hoareau


Joshua Haque

Tuesday Rehearsals

We meet every Tuesday afternoon from 1:30pm to 3:30pm at the Mounty Church (Mt Hawthorn Baptist Church), 98 Hobart Street, Mt Hawthorn. No previous singing experience is required, just a desire to sing, make friends and have fun. There is no cost to being involved in the Choir.

What do we do on a Tuesday? We start the session with informal socialising over a cup of tea or coffee. Before commencing singing, information is provided on upcoming activities and members’ birthdays are celebrated. The choir then warms up and enjoys singing a wide repertoire of songs.

The Spirit of the Streets Choir is a performing choir so we often use our Tuesday rehearsals to prepare for forthcoming concerts.

tuesay rehearsals


Autumn newsletter - 2023
Winter newsletter - 2023
Spring newsletter - 2023
Summer newsletter - 2023
Summer newsletter - 2023/24
Spring newsletter - 2021
Summer newsletter - 2021
Autumn newsletter - 2022
Winter newsletter - 2022


Newsletter - 2019 No.2
Newsletter - 2020 No.1
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