Next event- The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
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!!! NEWS FLASH FOR MEMBERS

Next Rehearsal - Monday 3rd June 
2024

Hi all

The next rehearsal will be on Monday the 27th of May 2024 commencing at 7:30 pm.  It's time to start preparations for the next event - True Blue Aussie Review Theatre Restaurant.

We look forward to seeing you all at rehearsals.

Ross Barns 
President
Email: Roscobarns1@gmail.com

Mobile: 0408885080

 



IOC Founder - George Hogg OAM





Past and present members of the Ipswich Orpheus Chorale remember George Hogg, OAM with great affection, admiration and gratitude. He founded the Chorale in 1969 and his involvement 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.

The current Musical Lead and Management Committee are fully committed to singing and performing to keep the Ipswich Orpheus Chorale banner flying in his memory.

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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 Inc. again for 2024/25.  This will be my third year as President and 6th year as a member of the Executive Team.

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

The 2024/25 commenced exceptionally well for the Chorale with a fantastic performance at the 129th Queensland Eisteddfod under the leadership of Naomi Drogmuller (Guest Eisteddfod Conductor) and Sally Grennan (Chorale Musical Lead).  Whilst we did not regain the crown of Champion Choir the Chorale's performance was exceptional and on the path to achieving this title once again.

Our first main production for the year (5th - 7th of July) will not be a musical but a play demonstrating the ensemble's versatility to take on new challenges and other genres.  The Complete Works of William Shakespeare will see three of our younger members - Latham Barnes, Kaiden Grennan and Johnathan Bendell - tackle 37 of Shakespeare's Plays in 97 minutes.  This hilarious, high-speed romp brings the Bard’s comedies, histories, and tragedies to life with a modern twist.  Whether you're a Shakespeare enthusiast or a newcomer, this irreverent and energetic performance promises to leave you laughing and wanting more.

On the heels of this show will be our first Theatre Restaurant for some time.  The True Blue Aussie Review is a great Australian tale set at the Brisbane Ekka that celebrates Australian culture through humour, music, and interactive performances. Characters include Mum, Dad, Dave, the Swagman, a Car Salesman, Uncle Norm and the list goes on.  You can imagine the antics and stories that will be told, not to mention the fine music that will accompany this unique event.  It will be a great night out to be held on the 4th and 5th of August.

Not to be outdone we do a quick turnaround to present an event with the ladies of the Queens of Song - Meg Kiddle (vocalist) and Melissa Buchholz (piano) - on the 12th and 13th of October.  The ladies will perform some of the most memorable songs from their show from performers such as Mamma Cass, Karen Carpenter and Eva Cassidy, as well as Australia’s own sweethearts Olivia Newton-John and Judith Durham.  This will be a great opportunity for the Chorale to tackle a new genre of music and work with 2 of the most talented musicians in SEQ.

We will wrap up the year with a Christmas event which is still under development as well as our usual carols around the traps.  All this whilst commencing preparations for the 130th Queensland Eisteddfod which will be held in Ipswich at Easter 2025.


I look forward to another exciting year of performance and fun with great group of creative people.

If you have ever wanted to sing come along and join us.  If you are interested please contact our Membersip Officer Alison on 0417 705 424 or  memberships@ipswichorpheuschorale.org.au

 

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WHO IS THE IPSWICH ORPHEUS CHORALE

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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