Gold Coast City Choir celebrates 50 years with symphonic masterpiece

This September sees Gold Coast City Choir celebrate 50 years of being an essential part of the City’s musical tapestry. The choir is honouring its birthday by performing Karl Jenkins’ 2017 album ‘Symphonic Adiemus’ at HOTA, Home of the Arts, and in a further nod to the auspicious occasion, the popular choir and its accompanist Mrs Marie Nicholson will be joined on stage by the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra.

Symphonic Adiemus is a masterpiece of contemporary composition, melding elements of classical, jazz, and world music that takes performers and audience alike on an uplifting musical journey. Working with the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra, the choir will bring this dramatic and moving collection to life for the first time in Queensland. (Its first Australian live performance was in 2018).

Welsh composer Sir Karl Jenkins is renowned for his unique contributions to the world of music, and remains one of the most-performed living composers. In 2008 Jenkins’ effort ‘The Armed Man’ was listed as No. 1 in Classic FM’s Top 10 by living composers.

Events Co-ordinator Julie Watson explains the choice of repertoire.

“50 years is such a wonderful milestone for any organisation, and as a musical group, we wanted to bring something new and exciting to the choir and the Gold Coast,” she says.

“Sue Roberts (director) has continued to challenge us, as have past musical directors, and this event is about celebrating our history and looking toward our future as a contemporary and relevant music group.”

The choir will also have the support of Mt Tamborine business Hampton Estate Wines, who have sponsored a raffle prize for the gala event; a two-night stay in their boutique guesthouse, with a lunch voucher for the winery included.

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Symphonic Adiemus plays at HOTA, 7.30pm Saturday 14 September.  Tickets are priced between $28 – $38, available at hota.com.au.

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