About Us

The Queensland Choir is one of the premier large choirs in Australia and has led the development of choral performance in Queensland for more than a century.

The choir is made up of approximately 100 volunteer choristers from a wide range of backgrounds and ages who are auditioned annually and perform as a symphonic choir, the core of the Brisbane Sings Messiah Chorus, and at times as a large chamber choir.

Choral Workshops are organised for members of the choir and the public to improve their singing ability. Singers from the community are also invited to rehearse for the Brisbane Sings Messiah and to perform Handel’s magnificent oratorio.

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The choir has performed regularly with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonia of St Andrew’s and other orchestras and instrumental groups and also collaborates with other choirs in concerts in and around Brisbane.

It sings a broad repertoire which ranges from the major works of the standard classical choral repertory through lesser known works to opera choruses, musical comedy and Christmas carols.

The choir has also taken part in performances for the Queensland Music Festival, the Brisbane Festival, the 4MBS Festival of Classics,  QPAC, Opera Queensland and the Queensland Ballet.

The choir has contributed much to the Brisbane music scene, including the development of young soloists and they are included in performances as much as possible. Community orchestras are also invited to perform with the choir, giving them the chance to visit the major concert halls of Brisbane.

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Our History

Beginning in 1872 as the Brisbane Musical Union , the choir changed its name to the Queensland State and Municipal Choir and more recently to the Queensland Choir. It has a strong claim to being the oldest continuously operating musical organization in Australia.

Below is a brief chronological outline of some of the events in the Choir’s history.

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2013

The Choir sang at the re-opening celebrations for the refurbished Brisbane City Hall

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2010

Brisbane Sings Messiah launched With a chorus of 160 singers performing Handel's great oratorio "Messiah" in Brisbane City Hall.

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2006

Kevin Power OAM celebrates 25 years as Music Director and Chorus Master

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2004

The Choir worked with schoolchoirs to put on a performance of African Sanctus.

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2002

The name of the Choir is changed to The Queensland Choir and the choir uniform is updated.

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2001

The Goodwill Games opening event in the Boondall Entertainment Centre was a wonderful event for the choir.

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1997

Queensland Performing Arts Centre is the venue for a celebration concert for the Choir's 125th year.

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1996

Kevin Power the Musical Director of the Choir is awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his services to music and choral music in particular.

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1992

120 Years of continuous performance celebrated with a performance in Brisbane City Hall.

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1989

The Choir premieres Malcolm Williamson’s "The Dawn is at Hand" based on the poetry of Oodgeroo Noonucal.

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1988

The Choir performs with the Queensland Pops Orchestra on river stage at Expo 88

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1987

Sir David Wilcocks conducts Elgar’s "The Dream of Gerontius"

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1985

The Choir sings two concerts for the opening of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre

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1981

Kevin Power is appointed as the Musical DIrector and Conductor of the choir. He was the official accompanist from 1970.

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1972

A celebration concert for the Choir's centenary.
Performance conducted by Ahti Tauri

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1954

Performance as part of the Royal Visit at the Exhibition ground.

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1951

Eugene Goosens conducted the choir for Mendelssohn's "Elijah" in Brisbane City Hall.

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1940

Sir Thomas Beecham conducts Handel’s "Messiah" with the Choir

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1936

Sir Malcolm Sargent conducts Mendelssohn’s "Elijah" with the Choir

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1936

The Brisbane Austral Choir merges with the Brisbane Musical Union to form the Queensland State and Municipal Choir.

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1930

First concert in the then new Brisbane City Hall. Haydn's "Creation".

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1924

The Queensland State and Municipal Orchestra was formed from George Sampson's Orchestra.

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1922

First performance of Brahms’ "Ein Deutsches Requiem"

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1913

First performance of Elgar’s "The Dream of Gerontius"

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1901

The Choir sings at the laying of the foundation stone for St John’s Cathedral

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1891

First concert in the then new Exhibition Building now known as the Old Museum Building

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1874

The Choir Sings Mendelssohn’s "Elijah" for opening celebrations of the Cathedral of St Stephen.

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1874

First performance of Haydn’s "The Creation"

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1873

First performance of Handel’s "Messiah" and Mendelssohn’s "Elijah"

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1872

Inaugural concert featured Andreas Romberg's "Lay of the Bell" in the North Brisbane School of Arts.

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1872

The Choir was formed when the North and South Brisbane Harmonic Societies merged to form the Brisbane Musical Union

Our Team

Kevin Power OAM (Musical Director and Conductor)

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Kevin Power is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium where he studied piano with the celebrated Australian pianist Nancy Weir. After graduation he spent five years living in the UK studying with Swiss pianist Albert Ferber and chamber music with Walter Gerhardt, while working professionally as a solo pianist and accompanist. He has performed throughout the UK and also in Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy and Spain.

From 1979 to 1995 Kevin was a member of the teaching staff of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music while maintaining an active career as a solo pianist, accompanist and chamber musician.

He has appeared as soloist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and its predecessors and broadcast for the ABC as both solo pianist and accompanist. He was a founding member of the Southern Cross Soloists and has toured throughout Australia and internationally with them.

Kevin Power has been associated with the Queensland Choir since 1970 when he first became the choral accompanist. He has been Chorus Master and Musical Director of the choir since 1981 and has himself conducted many of their major performances including Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Haydn’s Creation, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and the Requiems of Mozart and Faure.

In 1996 he was awarded an OAM for his services to choral music.

Accompanist - Samuel Mitchell

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Samuel Mitchell completed a Bachelor of Music with first class Honours at the University of Queensland in 2012, studying piano under Dr. Liam Viney and Dr. Anna Grinberg.  He has had many engagements as a soloist, chamber and choral musician.

Sam is a founding member of the music ensemble Nonsemble and as a composer he has won the ASME (Australian Society of Music Educators) ‘Young Composer of the Year’ on two occasions. He is a keen Chorister and has sung with a number of Choirs.

He is currently studying for a Masters degree in chamber music and accompaniment, examining harmony in the art song repertoire of the twentieth century.