Heavenly voices sing
A MUSICAL event offering a classic twist will help you to get into the holiday season that is fast approaching.
Heavenly voices will be heard at the Voices of the Far North concert on Sunday December 1 at St Mary’s Catholic Church at 3pm.
Excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, Christmas Carols, Spirituals and Gospel Music will be played for the crowd in the superb acoustics of the church.
Choirs from Cairns, Cook Shire, Dimbulah, Mossman and Port Douglas and will feature local favourites Julia Brant, Shaun Cram, Alteouise De Vaughn, Margot Gordon, Mitchell Howarth with Florine Bachelot, Ruby Draper, Shannon Dwyer, Gianna Hayes, Richard Lee and Barbara Rosendale, and accompanied by Jo- Anne Kemp.
After successfully completing her first contract as a principal singer with Opera Australia, Alteouise De Vaughn’s return to Port Douglas has been a continuation of voice lessons, vocal workshops and choir rehearsals and she looks forward to the upcoming concert with these popular names in the lead up to the holidays.
‘‘Introducing this kind of music to the Far North, I am really excited to be a part of it,’’ Ms De Vaughn said.
The concert will also be the inaugural performance of the Tropical Queensland Oratorio Society.
In the coming years more of Handel’s Messiah will be included and other works will be added to the repertoire.
The eventual goal is to combine the efforts of c h o i r s , s i n g e r s and musicians i n Tropical Queensland in order to present oratorio and other vocal works.
Some of the current repertoire was performed in a recent concert at St Monica’s Cathedral in Cairns.
Enthusiastic applause and participation left no doubt the audiences in Tropical Queensland will appreciate and enjoy the contribution that the Oratorio Society will bring to their enjoyment of the arts.
Entry to witness the angelic Voices of the Far North is for a donation with all proceeds going to support the inaugural Tropical North Queensland Oratorio Society.