Queensland Music Festival (QMF) artistic director Katie Noonan has put out a rallying cry for Australians to unite and sing out about domestic and family violence.

Katie Noonan is inviting thousands of singers in community, school and professional choirs and individuals across the country to join forces for You’re The Voice, a choral concert that will culminate in a mass rendition of John Farnham’s classic Aussie anthem.

The concert will will feature more than 2,000 people, including Noonan herself, singing their hearts out in the South Bank Piazza.

Joining them via a livestream through the QMF website and social media channels will be a cast of thousands — men, women, boys and girls from every corner of Australia who want to make their voices heard — to sing in unison with those at the event.

Even if you’ve only ever sung in the shower, You’re The Voice is intended to be an inclusive event that anyone can take part in.

“Everyone has a voice and I’m calling on them to use it for good,” Noonan says.

“Australia’s domestic and family violence crisis is not an easy subject, of course, but a pertinent one that cannot be ignored, and as a woman in the music industry I think it’s time we united our voices.

“John’s iconic song of 30 years ago is more pertinent than ever. Sung through the filter of our domestic and family violence crisis, lyrics like ‘This time, we all can stand together, with the power to be powerful, believing we can make it better’ are incredibly apt. We all can stand together and commit to caring for each other.

“We can sing together for those voices have been silenced by fear and use the power of music to educate, empower and create change.”

Dame Quentin Bryce, the former Governor General and the Chair of the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland, will be the Patron of the event. She says You’re The Voice will send a message of unity and solidarity to members of the community in need of support.

“We all have power to be part of the solution, to raise our voices against violence and affect true change in our communities,” she says.

Dr Jonathon Welch, founding artistic director of the acclaimed Choir of Hard Knocks and School of Hard Knocks, will serve as the event’s choral director.

QMF is also working closely with the Allison Baden-Clay Foundation, the Luke Batty Foundation and DVConnect to organise the event.

Queensland Music Festival runs from 7-30 July. You’re The Voice will be held at the South Bank Piazza on Saturday 29 July; you can register your interest in singing at qmf.org.au.

In case you need a little help remembering the lyrics to You’re The Voice, here they are…

We have the chance to turn the pages over
We can write what we want to write
We gotta make ends meet, before we get much older

We’re all someone’s daughter
We’re all someone’s son
How long can we look at each other
Down the barrel of a gun?

You’re the voice, try and understand it
Make a noise and make it clear
Oh-wo-wo-wo, oh-wo-wo-wo
We’re not gonna sit in silence
We’re not gonna live with fear
Oh-wo-wo-wo, oh-wo-wo-wo

This time, we know we all can stand together
With the power to be powerful
Believing we can make it better

Ooooh
We’re all someone’s daughter
We’re all someone’s son
How long can we look at each other
Down the barrel of a gun?

You’re the voice, try and understand it
Make a noise and make it clear
Oh-wo-wo-wo, oh-wo-wo-wo
We’re not gonna sit in silence
We’re not gonna live with fear
Oh-wo-wo-wo, oh-wo-wo-wo

Ooooh
We’re all someone’s daughter
We’re all someone’s son
How long can we look at each other
Down the barrel of a gun?

You’re the voice, try and understand it
Make a noise and make it clear
Oh-wo-wo-wo, oh-wo-wo-wo
We’re not gonna sit in silence
We’re not gonna live with fear
Oh-wo-wo-wo, oh-wo-wo-wo [4x]