Queensland Choir Singers Debut in New York City: January 2018

“Join the choir – see the world” could well be the answer to new year’s resolutions for nine Queensland Choir members who are flying to New York to take part in the Carnegie Hall premiere of a major new work by US composer Dan Forrest in February 2019.

The Queensland Choir contingent, from one of the State’s premier choirs, will join choristers from around the world in the performance of Forrest’s LUX: The Dawn From On High on February 18 in Carnegie Hall. Taking its title from the Latin word for “light”, LUX is Forrest’s third major work for chorus and orchestra and was written in 2018, inspired by the light in Reims Cathedral in France and at Poulnabrone Dolmen in Ireland, as well as a range of texts, from ancient liturgical chants to scripture and modern love poetry. The five-movement piece travels through time, from ancient prophecy to today and back again, or from day’s dawn to the sun’s zenith and sunset.

The New York-bound Queensland Choir members include New Farm locals Rosemary Graham and Marco Deininger, Brisbane city residents Susan Green and Elizabeth Wickham, southside singers Robyn Laurens (West End) and Jan McCreary (Yeronga), northside vocalists Jenny Gray (McDowall) and Deborah Thorsborne-Palmer (Alderley), and westside bass Tony Groom (Toowong). The performance will see them reunited with former Queensland Choir member Jennifer Young who now lives in the US.

The Queensland Choir’s musical director Kevin Power says Dan Forrest invited members of the choir to be part of the New York premiere, reflecting the range of musical talent in Brisbane and also Forrest’s high regard for the choir’s 2017 performance of his first major work, Requiem for the Living.

“The Queensland Choir members going to New York are paying their own way to be part of this international cultural event to perform this major new work by a contemporary composer in one of the world’s best known concert halls,” Mr Power says.

“Members of the Queensland Choir come from a diverse range of backgrounds, they all share a love of singing and the opportunity to join together to share great music, from musical hits and folk songs to classical masterpieces, with audiences at concerts throughout the year in Brisbane – and now around the world,” he says.

The Queensland Choir will shortly be auditioning for new members to join the Choir for its 2019 Brisbane season. “We have some fabulous music to present in 2019,” Mr Power said, “including works by Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert at St Stephen’s Cathedral in the city on May 10, Communique with DeepBlue Orchestra in July, Verdi’s Requiem at QPAC in July, Choral Classics in September, and the ever-popular Brisbane Sings Messiah in Brisbane City Hall on December 1.” Singers interested in auditioning for the Choir can find more information and enquiry form on the Choir website qldchoir.com/sing-with-us or by phoning 3895 8188.

“Studies have shown that singing in a choir can improve your health and happiness and it is also a great way to make friends with others who share a common interest. We are a friendly bunch at the Queensland Choir and always welcome new members, so why not make it your new year’s resolution to come along to one of our weekly practices held each Monday from February 11th in New Farm to see if you’d like to audition?” Mr Power added.

Queensland Choir Singers Heading to New York

2019 Concert Program – Keep looking at our website for details qldchoir.com/events

  • Beethoven’s Mass in C – 4MBS Concert Series – Cathedral of St Stephens Cathedral – May 2019
  • Communique with the Deepblue Orchestra – July 2019
  • Verdi Requiem – with the Brisbane Chorale and Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra – Concert Hall QPAC – July 2019
  • Choral Classics – Twelve Night Theatre – September 2019
  • Brisbane Sings Messiah – Concert Hall – Brisbane City Hall – December 2019

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The Queensland Choir celebrates Sounds of the Season: November 2018

The Queensland Choir celebrates Sounds of the Season

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Brisbane audiences will have the chance to join in a joyful musical celebration of Christmas when the Queensland Choir presents Sounds of the Season at the Old Museum Building, Bowen Hills, on Sunday, December 9.

The concert, conducted by Kevin Power, will feature Brisbane-based soprano soloists Eleanor Greenwood, of Moggill, and Naomi Flatman, of Thornlands, with the brilliant sounds of the Sinfonia Brass Quintet and organist Eduarda van Klinken backed by one of Queensland’s premier choirs.

Kevin Power, the choir’s musical director, says the audience will also have plenty of opportunity to join in the singing of some of the most popular carols such as Away in a MangerO Come All Ye, FaithfulThe First Noel and Joy to the World, accompanied by the organ and brass quintet.

“Soprano Eleanor Greenwood will join the choir in the popular Christmas song O Holy Night by 19th century French composer Adolphe Adam (known for his balletGiselle), and Naomi Flatman, singing mezzo-soprano, will join them for the haunting The Three Kings by German composer Peter Cornelius,” Mr Power says.

“The two soloists will together sing the celebrated Evening Prayer from Hansel and Gretel, an opera by Engelbert Humperdinck, associated with Christmas in German-speaking countries,” he says.

“Apart from singing carols along with the audience, the Queensland Choir will contribute unaccompanied performances of other favourites including the Coventry CarolDing Dong Merrily on High, and Angels from the Realms of Glory.”

Mr Power says it may surprise audiences to know that in the past, carol singing has been a controversial activity, originally associated with pagan festivals and banned from church as a result.

“The celebration of Christmas itself was banned by Oliver Cromwell in 1647, and later by the Puritans, who felt that the emphasis of Christianity should be on Easter, and so carolling became extinct in many parts of England.

“It was St Francis of Assisi who introduced carol singing in church but it was the Victorians who revived the tradition of carol singing in the UK.”

Mr Power says the two soprano soloists will add an international flavour to the concert, as Naomi Flatman is Swiss-born, while opera singer Eleanor Greenwood is a graduate of London’s Royal Academy of Music who debuted with the Wexford Festival Opera. Eleanor has sung solo roles in operas, including Hansel and GretelDie FledermausDon Giovanni and Paradise Moscow.

Naomi is an award-winning, post-graduate opera student at Queensland Conservatorium of Music who has performed solo in works including Debussy’s Lénfant prodigue, the Bruce Beresford-directed Albert Herring, and the international premiere of Floods: a Travelling Opera.

Sounds of the Season provides a thrilling opportunity for everyone to join in a celebration that showcases Brisbane’s remarkable range of talented performers in the city’s historic, original concert hall,” Mr Power says.

“We hope audience members who enjoy the experience and feel they’d like to sing more may consider joining the Queensland Choir as a new year’s resolution by coming along to one of our practices from February next year. New members are always welcome, so see the choir’s website, www.qldchoir.com, to find out more.”

THE QUEENSLAND CHOIR presents Sounds of the Season: A Choral Christmas, Sunday, December 9, 2.30pm, Old Museum Building, 480 Gregory Tce, Bowen Hills. Tickets: $35 adults, $30 concessions, $15 full-time students, from www.trybooking.com. For more details, see qldchoir.com/events/sounds-of-the-season.

Handel's Samson: October 2018

The Queensland Choir presents Handel’s Samson, October 28, 2018 (pub. 18/10/2018)

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Brisbane’s original concert hall will come alive with the sounds of Handel’s rarely-performed Samson presented by the Queensland Choir on October 28.

The concert will feature five internationally-acclaimed soloists including Brisbane sopranos Leanne Kenneally and Amy Wilkinson, Sydney tenor Jaewoo Kim, and Queensland basses David Hibbard and Brett Holland, who is also Brisbane Boys’ College choral director. They will perform in the Old Museum building at Bowen Hills – Brisbane’s historic original concert venue – with the Sinfonia of St Andrew’s, in the concert conducted by Kevin Power, the Queensland Choir’s musical director.

Handel’s Samson tells of the dramatic final days of the Biblical character of Samson (of Samson and Delilah fame), whose supernatural strength saw him perform great feats as long as his hair was never cut, Mr Power says.
“Samson is rarely performed and this is the first time I can recall it being staged in Brisbane, so Brisbane audiences should not miss this chance to see one of Handel’s most dramatic and lyrical works performed live with world-class soloists, rich orchestration and one of Queensland’s premier choirs,” he says.
“People will be familiar with at least one of the arias, Let the Bright Seraphim, which became a hit after being sung by Kiri Te Kanawa at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana in 1981,” he says.
“The libretto for Handel’s Samson is based on Milton’s poem Samson Agonistes (Samson the Champion) and Handel wrote the entire oratorio in little more than a month after he finished writing Messiah in September 1741.”
The concert features award-winning, Queensland Conservatorium of Music-trained singers who have gone on to national and international acclaim as soloists with Opera Australia and companies worldwide.

Leanne Kenneally, of Holland Park West, sang with the Cologne Opera in Germany from 1999-2001 after winning Opera Foundation Australia’s German Operatic Award, was an ABC Young Performers Awards national vocal section winner and has performed with Opera Australia, Opera Queensland and all leading opera companies throughout Australia in title roles of operas including Lakme, Don Giovanni, Romeo et Juliette and La Boheme.

Amy Wilkinson, of Wynnum, has been the recipient of the Metropolitan Opera Award, the Australian Singing Competition’s Opera Awards and the Dame Joan Sutherland Award. She has sung with Opera Queensland and Opera Australia in roles including Zerlina in Don Giovanni, the Countess and Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Javotte in Manon and Edith in The Pirates of Penzance.

Originally from Murwillumbah in northern NSW, David Hibbard, of Ipswich, has studied singing in New York and England, and has performed with the English National Opera, for the Glyndebourne Festival, with Opera Australia, the Cologne Opera (as a German Operatic Award winner) and in other places including Japan, Barcelona, Taiwan and Singapore. He sang in the Australian premiere of Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass for Melbourne and Perth Festivals and as the King in Aida for Opera Australia.

Sydney-based Jaewoo Kim was born in Korea and moved to Australia in 1990 to study at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. He won Opera Foundation’s Metropolitan Opera Award and the McDonald’s Aria in 2000 and was a principal artist with Opera Australia from 2000-2006. From 2007-2012 he was based in the UK, with roles for English National Opera and other companies in Dublin, Croatia, Italy and elsewhere. His many engagements include a new opera, The Bone Feeder, for New Zealand Opera, Opera in the Vineyard at Ballandean Estate Winery, a touring production of Idomeneo in Italy, and with Ensemble XXI in Sakhalin and Moscow in Russia.

Brett Holland holds a Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium, Graduate Diploma Education at QUT and Master of Philosophy (Music) from the University of Queensland.   He is a Full Member of the Australian College of Educators and the Nation Association of Teachers of Singing (USA).  Brett has sung professionally with Opera Queensland, Opera Australia and as the Bass Soloist for many works, concerts and numerous ensembles over the last 20 years.  Some of Brett’s recent engagements for Opera Queensland were the roles of Caiaphas (St Matthew Passion), King Ivan (Candide) and Il Commissario (Madame Butterfly).  Brett is in great demand as a vocal teacher, adjudicator, conductor, guest choral clinician and is the Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at the Brisbane Boys’ College.

“With such a wealth of talent, world-class soloists, powerful choral music and a live orchestra performing in Brisbane’s original concert hall that has been the setting for so much of the city’s musical history, this concert offers Brisbane audiences a rare treat to hear one of Handel’s great works,” Mr Power says.

THE QUEENSLAND CHOIR presents Handel’s Samson, Sunday, October 28, 2.30pm, Concert Hall, Old Museum Building, 480 Gregory Tce, Bowen Hills.

Tickets: $55/$50 adults, $15 full-time students.

Book tickets now at www.trybooking.com/XSTQ or ph: 3895 8188.

More details, see www.qldchoir.com/events or www.facebook.com/qldchoir or @qldchoir

 


 

The Queensland Choir presents Handel’s Samson, October 28, 2018 (pub. 24/9/2018)

Five internationally-acclaimed opera singers will combine their vocal strengths in a rare performance of one of Handel’s most powerful works, Samson, being presented by the Queensland Choir in Brisbane on October 28.

Brisbane-based sopranos Leanne Kenneally and Amy Wilkinson, Sydney tenor Jaewoo Kim, and Queensland basses David Hibbard and Brett Holland will be soloists for the concert conducted by Kevin Power, with the Sinfonia of St Andrew’s, at Brisbane’s original concert hall – the Old Museum building at Bowen Hills.

Mr. Power, the Queensland Choir’s musical director, says this concert offers Brisbane audiences the rare chance to see one of Handel’s most dramatic and lyrical works performed live with world-class soloists, rich orchestration and one of Queensland’s premier choirs.

“This is the first time in living memory that I can recall Samson being performed in Brisbane, although people will be familiar with at least one of the arias, Let the Bright Seraphim, which became enormously successful and was sung by Kiri Te Kanawa at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana in 1981,” he says.

“Handel’s Samson tells of the intensely moving tragedy and triumph of the final days of the Biblical character of Samson (of Samson and Delilah fame), whose supernatural strength saw him perform great feats as long as his hair was never cut. The libretto for Handel’s Samson is based on Milton’s poem Samson Agonistes (Samson the Champion) and Handel wrote the entire oratorio in little more than a month after he finished writing Messiah in September 1741.”

The concert also gives Brisbane audiences the chance to hear award-winning, Queensland Conservatorium of Music-trained singers who have gone on to national and international acclaim as soloists with Opera Australia and companies worldwide.

Leanne Kenneally, of Holland Park West, sang with the Cologne Opera in Germany from 1999-2001 after winning Opera Foundation Australia’s German Operatic Award, was an ABC Young Performers Awards national vocal section winner and has performed with Opera Australia, Opera Queensland and all leading opera companies throughout Australia in title roles of operas including Lakme, Don Giovanni, Romeo et Juliette and La Boheme.

Amy Wilkinson, of Wynnum, has been the recipient of the Metropolitan Opera Award, the Australian Singing Competition’s Opera Awards and the Dame Joan Sutherland Award. She has sung with Opera Queensland and Opera Australia in roles including Zerlina in Don Giovanni, the Countess and Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Javotte in Manon and Edith in The Pirates of Penzance.

Originally from Murwillumbah in northern NSW, David Hibbard, of Ipswich, has studied singing in New York and England, and has performed with the English National Opera, for the Glyndebourne Festival, with Opera Australia, the Cologne Opera (as a German Operatic Award winner) and in other places including Japan, Barcelona, Taiwan and Singapore. He sang in the Australian premiere of Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass for Melbourne and Perth Festivals and as the King in Aida for Opera Australia.

Sydney-based Jaewoo Kim was born in Korea and moved to Australia in 1990 to study at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. He won Opera Foundation’s Metropolitan Opera Award and the McDonald’s Aria in 2000 and was a principal artist with Opera Australia from 2000-2006. From 2007-2012 he was based in the UK, with roles for English National Opera and other companies in Dublin, Croatia, Italy and elsewhere. His many engagements include a new opera, The Bone Feeder, for New Zealand Opera, Opera in the Vineyard at Ballandean Estate Winery, a touring production of Idomeneo in Italy, and with Ensemble XXI in Sakhalin and Moscow in Russia.

Brett Holland holds a Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium, Graduate Diploma Education at QUT and Master of Philosophy (Music) from the University of Queensland.   He is a Full Member of the Australian College of Educators and the Nation Association of Teachers of Singing (USA).  Brett has sung professionally with Opera Queensland, Opera Australia and as the Bass Soloist for many works, concerts and numerous ensembles over the last 20 years.  Some of Brett’s recent engagements for Opera Queensland were the roles of Caiaphas (St Matthew Passion), King Ivan (Candide) and Il Commissario (Madame Butterfly).  Brett is in great demand as a vocal teacher, adjudicator, conductor, guest choral clinician and is the Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at the Brisbane Boys’ College.

“With such a wealth of talent, world-class soloists, powerful choral music and a live orchestra performing in Brisbane’s original concert hall that has been the setting for so much of the city’s musical history, this concert offers Brisbane audiences a rare treat to hear one of Handel’s great works,” Mr Power says.

THE QUEENSLAND CHOIR presents Handel’s Samson, Sunday, October 28, 2.30pm, Concert Hall, Old Museum Building, 480 Gregory Tce, Bowen Hills.

Tickets: $55/$50 adults, $15 full-time students.

Book tickets now at www.trybooking.com/XSTQ or ph: 3895 8188.

More details, see www.qldchoir.com/events or www.facebook.com/qldchoir or @qldchoir

 


 

Choral Classics Concert Series: August 2018

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QUEENSLAND CHOIR PRESENTS CHORAL CLASSICS (pub. 13/8/2018)

A YouTube sensation, two talented young sopranos and a host of Choral Classics are set to wow audiences at a trio of concerts being presented by the Queensland Choir in Samford, Sandgate and Manly this month.

The Choral Classics concerts, conducted by the Queensland Choir’s musical director Kevin Power, will feature two up-and-coming singers from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, soprano Cassandra Wright, and mezzo-soprano Sarah Winn, as soloists with the choir, accompanied by Catherine Lynagh on piano.

“The Queensland Choir is bringing Choral Classics that prompted a standing ovation at Brisbane’s recent Choral Spectacular to the community on Brisbane’s north and south bayside and Samford, along with other music that will appeal to all ages,” Mr Power says.

“This is a chance for those who missed the Brisbane City Hall spectacular to hear thrilling choral music by well-known composers including Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart and Brahms, unaccompanied folk songs, and lighter pieces that audiences will be invited to join in.

“The choir will also perform the YouTube sensation Geographical Fugue, a spoken chorus with fascinating rhythms written by composer Ernst Toch in 1920s Berlin, that is an ever-popular piece with US college choirs that compete to perform it as rapidly as possible,” he says.

The Choral Classics concerts will be held on Sunday, August 19, at Wynnum; Saturday, August 25 at Samford; and Sunday, August 26 at Sandgate.

“The concerts feature well-loved selections from the Queensland Choir’s standard repertoire, such as Vivaldi’s Baroque classic Gloria in excelsis Deo, Faure’s floatingly beautiful Sanctus, and Verdi’s Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves, along with Parry’s ever-popular Jerusalem and Rutter’s Down by the Riverside,” Kevin Power says.

As well as performing solo, Cassandra and Sarah, who each live at Annerley, will sing Offenbach’s duet, Barcarolle, from The Talesof Hoffmann. Cassandra recently performed as soprano soloist in Haydn’s Nelson Mass with the Conservatorium Singers and sang in Bach’s Magnificat and Handel’s Dixit Dominus with the Noosa Chorale. Sarah has sung in operas including Cosi fan tutteLakmeand The Marriage of Figaro and will perform as the publican’s wife in the world premiere of Dry River Run in Brisbane next month. She is a fourth-year student at the Conservatorium and is also set to appear in Opera Queensland’s Brisbane Festival production of Peter Grimes in September.

“The Queensland Choir has been bringing music to the community since 1872, and these concerts will follow in that tradition by sharing the love of music including at Samford, a new venue for the choir.

“These concerts offer a selection of enjoyable pieces that span almost 500 years, and if people like what they hear and want to be part of the choir, we’d welcome them to come along to practices and consider auditioning to share in the camaraderie and joy of choral singing.”

 

THE QUEENSLAND CHOIR presents CHORAL CLASSICS on Sunday, August 19, 3pm, at Wynnum Municipal Hall; Saturday, August 25, 7.30pm at Samford Community Hall; Sunday, August 26, 3pm, at Sandgate Town Hall.

Tickets, $35, concessions: $30; Children and full-time students, $15. Book at www.trybooking.com or phone: 3895 8188.

 

QUEENSLAND CHOIR 2018 CONCERTS

Choral Classics – August 19 – Wynnum Municipal Hall

Choral Classics – August 25 – Samford Municipal Hall

Choral Classics – August 26 – Sandgate Town Hall

Handel Sampson – October 28 – The Old Museum