Come and join us as we celebrate the festive season with the Spirit of Christmas.
QPAC’s Concert Hall will come alive with the sights and sounds of Christmas, including traditional carols the whole family can join in and sing.
QPAC’s Spirit of Christmas is a celebration of the true meaning and joy of the Yuletide season.
Much loved Spirit of Christmas favourites will return for another year including the magnificent Queensland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Simon Kenway, the 160 voice Spirit of Christmas Choir featuring members of the QPAC Choir, Brisbane Chorale and Resonance of Birralee, and the popular children’s choir Brisbane Birralee Voices.
Plus two of Australia's leading musical theatre stars Amanda Harrison (Wicked, We Will Rock You, Witches) and David Harris (Wicked, Miss Saigon, Legally Blonde). With special guest soprano Julia McRae, and introducing two recent musical theatre graduates from Queensland Conservatorium, Samual Skuthorp and Kate Yaxley.
And, for the first time ever, the Archbishop of Brisbane, Mark Coleridge, will deliver the Christmas Message.
What a lovely way to spend Christmas Eve…
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Highlight of this year’s Spirit of Christmas 2015 was undoubtedly Simon Kenway and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Under his baton this amazingly versatile group of players capped off a brilliant year by giving this concert passion and personality. Starting with the late great Tommy Tycho’s classy arrangement of a “Christmas Overture” and following with “Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas” with the combined 250 voice choir, this annual event of Christmas songs and carols was off to a rousing start.
Producer Paul Dellit doesn’t play around with the formula but manages to keep it fresh by seeding a new and unfamiliar Christmas song in with the traditional and also by introducing new talent. Billy Bourchier, a recent graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium Musical Theatre Course, was the latter in this year’s concert. When he sang “The Holy City” in his thrilling tenor the audience response was palpable and the thunderous applause was like no other in the entire concert. It was a stunning professional debut.