Heavenly voices sing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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