The Queensland Choir, one of the state’s leading choirs, is once again set to celebrate the joys of community choral singing and concert giving this year with the launch of its 2021 program marking a fresh start after the choirs entire 2020 concert programme became an unexpected casualty of the
The Queensland Choir’s musical director Kevin Power said the choir would welcome new singers keen to be part of its 2021 season, with concerts including Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living (May 14), a Choral Spectacular in Brisbane City Hall (June 6), Mahler’s 2 nd Symphony at QPAC (August 14), and the ever popular Best of Broadway (Sep 4 & 5) at Twelfth Night Theatre, Bowen Hills, and Brisbane Sings Messiah (Dec 5) at City Hall.
“It’s fun singing in a choir and we are a friendly, welcoming group, looking forward to uniting our voices and returning to the stage after a year without any performances due to the COVID crisis,” Mr Power said.
“The Queensland Choir is also Queensland’s oldest choir and last year was the first year in the choir’s in its 148-year history that we were unable to perform at all – even in 1919 during the Spanish flu epidemic some concerts still took place – so everyone is keen to get back to normal with live rehearsals and concerts – all in a COVID-safe manner,” he said.
“As Queensland’s longest established choir, we are preparing for our 150 th anniversary celebrations next year and we’d love more keen singers to join us now to perform timeless music from great composers, with amazing conductors and world-class soloists, while sharing the camaraderie of
like-minded souls who thrill to the sound of singing together.
“Highlights of our program include Mahler’s Symphony No.2 (Resurrection) on August 14 at QPAC with the Queensland Youth Orchestra conducted by its new Director of Music, Simon Hewett, and Requiem for the Living – one of the great successes of our 2017 season which seemed an obvious choice for our return to concert giving after COVID’s traumatic impact on choirs last year.
“The Choral Spectacular, part of the 4MBS Festival of Classics, will be a collaborative effort, when Brisbane’s two leading choirs – the Queensland Choir and the Brisbane Chorale – join forces with the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra for an exhilarating afternoon of thrilling choral music including excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, Orff’s Carmina Burana, the Requiems of Mozart, Verdi and Brahms, and opera choruses by Verdi, Wagner and Bizet.
“The Best of Broadway concerts will see the Queensland Choir return to its home base at Twelfth Night Theatre, with soloists Donna Lee and Jeffrey Black joining the choir in a powerfully memorable programme of great musical hits from the likes of Irving Berlin, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Kern and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
“Our finale for the year will be Brisbane Sings Messiah, a biennial event for the choir in which we invite 70 guest choristers to join us for a performance that has become a Christmas tradition for many of our audience and guests,” Mr Power said.
“Members of the Queensland Choir come from all walks of life, and we are a friendly group united by our love of singing. We’d welcome anyone who is interested to come along to one of our weekly rehearsals at New Farm to see if they’d like to join, and we also offer free membership to people under the age of 26. Choristers only need to do a brief audition to join the choir,” Mr Power said.
To find out about joining, see www.qldchoir.com or phone 3257 0489.
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