GEORGE HOGG'S - THE Sounds of Musicals


 Saturday 3rd September 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm,
 Ipswich State High School Performance Centre


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Auditions for Sound of Musicals will be held on Sunday 31st July at the George Hogg Performance Venue commencing at 1:00 pm.  Auditions for choristers wishing try out for solo parts in the choir items will be held from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm.  Auditions for character roles will commence at 2:00 pm.  Please complete the audition form and send it to the address shown in the package.  

If you have any questions about the roles or the audition process please call.

Ross Barns 



Next Rehearsal for Sound of Musicals - Monday 25th of july 

Hi all

Our next rehearsal is scheduled for Monday the 25th of July.  Please ensure that you arrive at 7:15 pm for a prompt 7:30 pm start.  We will be continuing rehearsals for the Sound of Musicals event in September.  Please advise me if you are unable to attend.  

Ross Barns 
Mobile: 0408885080


Musical Director - Robert Shearer


The Ipswich Orpheus Chorale Musical Director - Robert Shearer to lead the choir for the 2022 season. Robert has a wealth of knowledge, solid qualifications and experience in performance, musical theatre and choral singing having performed internationally and with many SEQ theatre companies including Opera Queensland.   We are very excited to be working with Robert in preparation for our 2022 program.

IOC Founder - George Hogg OAM

 Past and present members of the Ipswich Orpheus Chorale are remembering George Hogg, OAM with great affection, admiration and gratitude. He founded the Chorale in 1969 and his involvement has spanned 52 years.

Under George’s leadership, the Chorale grew to over 100 members and became one of the foremost choral bodies in the state, winning Champion Choir at many Queensland Eisteddfodau, singing at prestigious community events and staging many memorable musical productions.

After stepping down from his role as Conductor, George was President of the Chorale for many years and then served as a member of the Management Committee which he only relinquished this year.His love of music kept him singing with the choir until just a few weeks ago and the current Musical Director and Management Committee are fully committed to singing and performing in the building named in his honour – “The George Hogg Performance Centre’, and to keep the Ipswich Orpheus Chorale banner flying in his memory.

Leah Bell
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All our rehearsals are open to the public and potential new members, so why not visit us.

We rehearse every Monday at 7:30 pm, at the George Hogg Performance Venue, 122 Chermside Road, East Ipswich, QLD.


the show goes on - so come and join us

It is my honour to take on the role of President of the Ipswich Orpheus Chorale for 2022/23.  

I would firstly like to recognise the immense contribution of Leah Bell who is stepping down as President and is a founding member of the Chorale.  Leah’s contribution to the Chorale over 50 years has been enormous having been a Chorister, leading lady in musicals and part of the leadership of the association over that time most recently as President.  She is not finished yet taking on the role of Vice President for 2022/23.

My personal involvement with the Chorale commenced in 1978 at the tender age of 16 years when invited to join the chorale by founder, George Hogg, whilst singing at the Ipswich Junior Eisteddfod.  Over the years I have had the privilege of performing with this champion Chorale at the Queensland Eisteddfod, in many musicals, concerts and theatre restaurants. 

As life returns to some level of normality post the pandemic the challenge for the Chorale is to breathe life into the performing arts of our wonderful city of Ipswich.  Over recent years we have had several false starts with the cancellation of the Queensland Eisteddfod in 2020 and 2021 as well as the Chorales concerts and musicals.  2022 however has finally gotten off to a great start with four practically sold-out performances of ‘Nunsense – The Musical’ in our own George Hogg Performance Venue.  The show was a great success and a credit to the cast, directors and crew.  The venue performance facilities for audience seating, sound and lighting have all been upgraded to make this intimate performance venue unique in Ipswich.

Not to rest on our laurels the next performance comes on the heels of our successful musical on Saturday 25th June.  The event will showcase the Chorale and some of our magnificent soloists performing music from a diverse range of genres including musical theatre, popular standards, folk and classical. 

The rest of the year is also looking very busy for the Chorale.  In late August \ early September we will present a show penned by our founder the late George Hogg just prior to his passing.  It will celebrate a significant number of the musicals in which George either performed or was musical director.  This will be a celebration of the musical and cultural contribution George brought to our great city.  Further events are planned and negotiations are underway for a major jazz concert towards the end of the year.

I look forward to the year and being part of the exciting times ahead.

If you have ever wanted to sing come along and join us.  If you are interested please contact our president Ross on 0408 888 5080 or at


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The Ipswich Orpheus Chorale Inc. is one of Australia’s premier community choirs with over 100 members from Ipswich and surrounding areas. The Chorale has a diverse annual program that includes charity concerts, theatre restaurants, musical productions and competing at the Queensland Eisteddfod.

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