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“The Singing Cure, by Amanda Lohrey, winner of the 2012 Patrick White Award takes the reader on a thought provoking and inspiring journey to unlock the secret of the human voice.”

“That Lohrey succeeds in drawing together so many threads of conjecture in this seamless and compelling narrative shows her to be a master prose writer at the height of her powers.” – Arabella Edge

Ann Skea has this to say about Amanda’s writing on singing:

Amanda Lohrey writes revealingly of her newfound fascination with choral singing. For her, there is a secret in the effect that singing has on the singers; in the way in which it frees them from their normal inhibitions and restraints; and in the deep physical and psychological changes she experiences, and sees others experience, when singing. Lohrey’s piece moves backwards and forwards between vivid anecdotal description and serious research into the nature of song. Her curiosity is contagious and the research she quotes is intriguing.

Her exploration takes her from church halls to master-classes; from African choirs in Tasmania to Gregorian chants in a monastery in Southern France; from the work of French physician, Tomatis, to the mystic ideas of Sufi scholars. But this is no dry treatise on singing.

Dr Ann Skea, Sydney, Australia:


3 thoughts on “Singing

  1. Dear Amanda, I remember you from school days at SMC ( I was then Helen Willson)
    I too have developed a passion for and interest in singing and all that it brings-connectedness and soulfullness. Imagine my delight when recently talking to my cousin Anne Collett about your latest book–I was telling her about my memory of an ABC interview about the Benedectine monks and the impact of silence for them–and she said–GUESS WHAT?? The rest’s history. I’ve read, and loved your SINGING CURE–bought up all available copies in Fuller’s recently to give as gifts.
    You might be interested to look up the work of Chris James

    I’ve done quite a bit of work with him over the past 30+years and find his work really inspiring–so much so that I’m coordinating two events in Hobart with him in early December. Let me know if you’re interested in any more information.
    Must say your own life sounds pretty wonderful.
    I’m currently President of the Australian Voice Association and would quite like to do a book review of The Singing Cure for our newsletter, VoicePrnt–would you have any concerns about that?
    I’d love to catch up some time.
    Helen (Sjardin)
    PS If you check out my website please allow for the fact that it’s badly in need of updating.

  2. Dear Helen,
    Of course I remember you and it’s lovely to hear from you. (I had no idea you and Anne Collett were cousins.) I’ve looked up Chris James on the net and would be very interested to hear details of his December programme in Hobart. We live now on the north-east coast and I may not be able to get to them but am interested in following up on his activities.
    The little book has been travelling well, largely because there are so many choirs on the ground. Community singing, in its various forms, is such a significant phenomenon and yet very little is written about it. I wish I could say I had a good voice but alas it has no range, no top notes and no bottom notes, but one of the highlights of SMC was singing in the choir with Sister Paul.
    I’d be delighted if you were to review the book, and I would indeed like to catch up in Hobart and hear more. Will check out your website soon.
    All the best, and stay in good voice.

  3. I found your wonderful book by chance while passing through St Mary’s and stopping for lunch at the Purple Possum. As a livelong amateur singer myself it resonated with me and it’s now making the rounds of my singing friends. We’re considering a move from North coast NSW to Hobart at present and I’m inspired to get involved in the world of singing available in that area.

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