The Ipswich Orpheus Chorale Inc was founded by George Hogg OAM in 1969 and 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.
The Ipswich Orpheus Chorale has, on many occasions, been awarded “Champion Choir” at the Queensland Eisteddfod. In 1998 it won all eight sections for large choirs, the first and only time this feat has been achieved in the over 120 year history of the Queensland Eisteddfod movement.
The Chorale has also performed by invitation at significant community events including Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor Gala concerts, Ipswich City Council Carols in the Park, the 2000 Ipswich Olympic Torch Relay Ceremony, the official opening of Ipswich Global Arts Link and at the University of Queensland’s Ipswich Campus graduation ceremony.
Young Orpheus Singers
Young Orpheus Singers welcomes members of all singing abilities, and provides a friendly and supportive environment for children to learn about music, singing and performance. The choir has been together for over 20 years. The Young Orpheus Singers is a non-auditioned group, and accepts boys and girls of any voice type aged 7 – 20 years.
The choir performs at several events each year including local and state Eisteddfodau, the Ipswich Orpheus Chorale’s Celebrity Concert and Pleasant Sunday Afternoon Concert, as well as other community and civic events.
Membership fees are payable on an annual basis. Fees are $25.00 for the eldest child and $15.00 for all younger children in the same family per annum. These fees ensure your child is covered by the Chorale’s public liability insurance.
Members of the Young Orpheus Singers are required to wear the choir’s uniform at performance events. A one-off uniform deposit is payable ($50.00 for girls uniforms, $20.00 for boys uniforms) which is refunded when the uniform is returned cleaned and in good condition.
Standard rehearsals are conducted every Wednesday afternoon from 5.30-7.00pm during state school terms. Additional rehearsals are called on an ‘as required’ basis throughout the year.
Ipswich Orpheus Orchestra
The Ipswich Orpheus Orchestra was founded in 2017 and has has proven to be a hit with audiences of all ages.
The orchestra is an auditioned instrumental group that plays a variety of musical styles both on its own and in accompaniment with the full Orpheus Chorale.