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Published May 28th 2014
During Queensland Week 2014 Voices unite.
Queensland Choral Sounds is a passionate celebration of the joy and healing of communal singing. A massed choir drawn from choirs both professional and community, and individual singers from across Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Logan especially for this event, it unites musicians from all walks of life.
The event is supported by Reclink Australia, a non profit organisation whose mission is to provide and promote sport and art programs for people experiencing disadvantage. Queensland Government, Australia Post and The Talbot Family Foundation,
The Transformers (based on Reclink Australia's choir of Hard Knocks)
The Queensland Choral Sounds Choir
Renowned Tenors (formerly of the Ten Tenors): Craig Atkinson, David Kidd and Andrew Pryor
Geoffrey Stapleton and Queenslander Robert James, members of iconic Australian band GANGgajang Hosted by Gary (Handy Gary) Clare from 4KQ's Wake Up Brisbane.
The Transformers Choir is based on Reclink Australia's hugely successful Choir of Hard Knocks. Members have been referred to by support organisations for the disabled and homeless throughout Brisbane.
The choir was established in 2009 and they have since performed tt SBS' Rock Quiz at QPAC as part of the Queensland Music Festival Happiness Convention singing with Deborah Conway. Woodford Folk Festival, as well as a private audience, singing for His Holiness The Dalai Lama.
The choir will join The Transformers to perform three original songs, Take Heart, Raise Your Voice and Queensland-Made (a song that is bound to become a regular of all future celebrations of Queensland.)
The Tenors: Queensland's powerhouse singers Craig Atkinson David Kidd and Andrew Pryor bring a sense of fun and sophistication to classics from the world or opera, music theatre, jazz and everything in between. They bring a dynamic, uplifting and entertaining element to the evening.
They met while touring internationally with The Ten Tenors and have gone on to work with Opera Australia, Opera Queensland and many of the country's finest orchestras. Individually, they have beautiful voices. Together they sing like the band of brothers they are, with the camaraderie and precision that only more than a decade of harmonising together can bring.
We're also welcoming Robert James and Geoffrey Stapleton from iconic Australian group GANGgajang. Local Queensland member of the band Robert James, along with Geoff Stapleton, will duet in a set that will include a version of the classic Sounds of Then (This is Australia).
This will also be the launch of Choirs Connect, an initiative of Choir Musical Director Kiri Waiata. The aim is to make the multifaceted benefits of group singing more accessible to the disadvantaged people in our communities. This will be facilitated by connecting people to existing community choirs for support like The Transformers
This promises to be an entertaining evening with a powerful message - to overcome adversity and be part of a community that does not judge you is an achievement to be celebrated. Many of these choir members are such achievers.