Defence Family Matters : May 2016
DFMMay2016 19 STAFF PROFILE RICK WARREN TAMARA ROBINSON READER PROFILE VICTORIA DIXON GRAHAM ORAMS A desire to MAKE NEW FRIENDS is taking Victoria Dixon ALL THE WAY TO NEW YORK’S CARNEGIE HALL. Until January this year Victoria, her Navy husband, Scott, and their four children were on an exchange posting to Britain. “It was initially hard going over there because you don’t know anybody (and) my husband spent a lot of time away,” Victoria said. “But as postings go, it was pretty amazing; mostly because of the things I was involved in.” When the family arrived in the United Kingdom, Victoria heard about the Plymouth Military Wives Choir and thought it sounded like a great way to settle in to her new community. “We did these tremendous, amazing and wonderful things,” she said. “I had somewhere to go and someone to call on. “The most difficult thing was to leave and come back to Australia.” In July last year, The Plymouth Military Wives Choir did a gala concert in Plymouth—the biggest concert the group had ever done. Victoria said the concert was so successful, the choir would be travelling to New York to perform at the world-famous Carnegie Hall on May 27. But it wasn’t just singing that Victoria got involved with in the UK, she also became involved in a military-themed theatre production. “It was initially called the Armed Forces Project . . . a project they’d done twice before with reasonable success in other parts of the country,” she said. “It was January last year that I went along to an audition and it started from there. “We were playing versions of ourselves and versions of the stories we told and it was a very, very successful production.” Now back in Australia and living in Western Australia, Victoria wants to start a Perth Military Wives Choir. She is looking for other military wives and said a great singing voice was not necessary. “If you can speak, you can sing,” she said. “You don’t need to have a singing skill; you don’t need to audition; you don’t need to be able to read music—you just have to want to sing. “Despite the fact that huge things can come of it, (the choir is) a support organisation.” n “IF YOU CAN SPEAK, YOU CAN SING.” Victoria Dixon took to the stage as a way to meet other military partners and settle into her new community. Photos used with permission.