The halls will be decked, the stockings hung. December 2017 welcomes back Spirit of Christmas, with all our favourite carols to be sung.
Presented in the grandeur of QPAC’s Concert Hall, Spirit of Christmas has become a cherished annual tradition at QPAC. So gather your friends and family and join us for this magnificent celebration, including traditional carols the whole family can join in and sing.
Starring Simon Gleeson and Alinta Chidzey,
Queensland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Simon Kenway
Featuring Julia McRae and Sharon Orapeleng
Introducing Shubshri Kandiah
with QPAC Choir, Brisbane Chorale, Brisbane Birralee Voices, Voices of Birralee and Brisbane Bells.
Hosted by Sofie Formica.
“With maestro Simon Kenway waving the baton, they raced through this annual pot-pourri of Christmas songs, carols and religious works with musical flair and enthusiastic abandon.” Peter Pinne – Stage Whispers 2016
Connecting safely at QPAC
QPAC is currently operating at 100% capacityi under a COVID Safe Plan approved by Queensland Health. As social distancing is not always possible in our theatres and foyers, masks are strongly recommended for all patrons in our foyers and theatres. Please bring your own mask with you. For contact tracing purposes we are using the Check In Qld app and encourage all patrons to download the app and fill out their details prior to attending performances at QPAC. Find out more.
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Simon is best known for his acclaimed interpretation of Jean Valjean in Cameron Mackintosh's national and international tours of Les Misérables, for which he received the 2015 Helpmann Award, Best Male Actor in a Musical.
His stage credits include Jolson; Shout; Mamma Mia (Helpmann Award nomination); Eureka, Chess (Greenroom Award nomination); Love Never Dies (Helpmann and Sydney Theatre Award nominations), Curtains and Hipbone Sticking Out (BighART). This year for the Melbourne Theatre Company, Simon appeared in Hay Fever. He worked previously with the MTC as an original cast member of Rupert, subsequently touring to the Kennedy Center in Washington. For the Sydney Theatre Company, Simon appeared in Harbour and The Republic of Myopia. Simon’s UK credits include The Far Pavilions (West End; Whatsonstage Award nomination); Imagine This (West End); Three Sides; The Silver Lake; Certified Male (Edinburgh Festival); Shoes (Sadler’s Wells) and Southwark Fair (Royal National Theatre) directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner.
Simon’s film and television credits in Australia include City Homicide; Blue Heelers and SeaChange. In the UK, he played a regular role in EastEnders and was a member of the principal cast of Kombat (BBC2), directed by Monty Python member Terry Jones. Simon also appeared in the feature film My Life In Ruins.
Alinta is one of Australia's most versatile leading ladies. She is well known for her sassy portrayal of Anita in West Side Story, for which she received nominations for a Helpmann Award, Green Room Award, Sydney Theatre Award, two GLUGS Award nominations and won the Australian Dance Award for Most Outstanding Performance.
Alongside performing in Hugh Jackman’s – Broadway to Oz tour she has become a fixture on The Production Company stage, playing Magnolia in Show Boat, Kathy Selden in Singin’ In the Rain, Svetlana in Chess, Niki in Curtains and, most recently, Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar. For Chess Alinta was honoured with a Green Room Award for Best Female Artist in a Supporting Role.
Her screen credits include Wentworth (Foxtel), Winners & Losers (Ch 9), the U.S. Telemovie The Frontier (Sony), The Dr Blake Mysteries (ABC), Neighbours (Fremantle).
Earlier stage credits include, the Australasian Tour of Mamma Mia!, Mickey in Leader of the Pack, for which she was honoured with a Green Room Award for Best Featured Ensemble in a Musical, Dusty: The Original Pop Diva, Demeter in Cats, Mary Poppins for Free Rain Theatre, the Holland season of Dirty Dancing, a tour of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Closer at Chapel off Chapel.
Alinta is frequently asked to perform at special events and concerts, both solo and with her band Alinta and the Jazz Emperors. She collaborates regularly with The Roger Young Collective and is invited to sing with the Melbourne & Queensland Symphony Orchestras. Currently she’s writing original music for her debut album to be launched in 2018.
Shubshri started performing from a young age learning classical Indian dance, ballet and violin. It wasn’t until high school that she discovered her passion for musical theatre. In the past she has performed the roles of Miss Dorothy in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical the Musical and Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Since being accepted into the Bachelor of Musical Theatre at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 2014, Shubshri has been privileged to play the role of Ursula in Sweet Charity and Mary in The Life and has been a featured vocalist performing with the Queensland Pops Orchestra.
Prior to her graduation she has already performed the role of Ayah in Opera Queensland’s The Pearlfishers and has recently featured in An Evening with Liz Callaway at QPAC as a guest performing the duet with Liz “I Still Believe” from Miss Saigon.