On 02 September, Caloundra Uniting Church was the venue for ‘Seascapes’. We performed pieces by mainly Australian composers like Stephen Leek, Lon Beery, Mary Lynn Lightfoot, Peter Sculthorpe and Dulcie Holland.
We were privileged to perform Jennifer Carr’s new suite of 5 pieces called ‘Seascapes’, which was the world premiere of this emotive work.
Lake Kawana Community Centre was filled to capacity with an audience keen to enjoy the performance presented by the Sunshine Coast Choral Society, the Sunshine Coast Chamber Orchestra, and Soloists from the Brisbane Conservatorium.
The Sunshine Coast Choral Society was pleased to present a performance of Classical Treasures which included Joseph Haydn’s Mass in D Minor (Nelson Mass) and Mozart’s Vespers with Soloists and Orchestra
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At the end of June, the Choral Society joined with Stella Maris Choir and the Buderim Male Voice Choir in a benefit concert to support musical director of the BMVC, Ross Jelf, to study choral conducting at the London School of Music for two years.
In 2002 the Choral Society hosted the Sunshine Coast Choral Festival at the Coolurn Civic Centre. This festival brings together over 200 singers from many Sunshine Coast choirs for an afternoon of choral singing. The festival was not held in 2003 due to problems with insurance. These problems were sorted out by 2004 and the Sunshine Coast Choral Society again hosted the festival at the Baptist Centre, Maroochydore. A great time was had by all and it is hoped to continue with this festival on an annual basis.
Since 2001 the Society has performed Handel’s “Messiah” every year in November/December and this has proved very popular with “Messiah” enthusiasts. Also at this time we introduced the “Scratch Messiah” where we invited other choristers to join us in choruses from Messiah. This also proved to be a very popular event.
The Choral Society has continued to grow in numbers and experience over the years and has performed many major works such as “Elijah” by Felix Mendelssohn (1998 and a workshop performance in 2002), “Requiem” and “Gloria” by John Rutter (1999), Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem” and Vivaldi’s “Gloria” (2001). In 2000 we joined with the Bach Choir from Brisbane to perform Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” with one performance in St. John’s Cathedral, Brisbane and one at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Buderim. These major work performances have generally been accompanied by an orchestra made up of Sunshine Coast musicians.
Choruses from Opera were also introduced to the Society’s repertoire in 2002 and we have been fortunate in recent years to have international soprano, Louise Kennedy together with Susan Chapman and Geoffrey Ashenden from Opera Queensland, sing with us at a number of our concerts. The Sunshine Coast Choral Society has also been fortunate over the years to draw soloists from within our membership, notably, Carol Coggan, Barbara Groot, Sue Hornum Elizabeth Hood and Andrew Bums.
The Choral Society has performed regularly at community events such as Christmas Carols at various locations on the coast, the Organ Donors Thanksgiving Service in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast Choral Festival as well as at various charity concerts with the Australian Army Band Brisbane at Caloundra Civic Centre and the Voices for Hospices 2003 at the Nambour Civic Centre.
Rehearsals were held in the Lecture Theatre at Matthew Flinders Anglican College. At that time the college was relatively new to the area and they were most supportive of the Choral Society as we struggled to get a financial footing and increase membership.
In these first few months we were able to prepare a few pieces for two charity concerts (Concert for Rwanda and the Drought Relief Concert) and the Mayor’s Christmas Carols. In December 1994 we held our first concert in the Buderim Hall and performed John Rutter’s “Gloria” and “The First Nowell” by Ralph Vaughan Williams.