Rehearsals for 2015 have commenced, and continue every Wednesday night from 7pm to 9.30pm in Room 101 of the Seddon Building (Bldg 82D) of the University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus (map below).
New members are always welcome, so come along to a rehearsal and see if you'd like to join us - more information is available here.
We would love to see you there!
2015 will be another busy and varied year for QUMS, with our various performances for the year currently being planned.
A number of members will attend the 66th Australian Intervarsity Choral Festival in Sydney during January, culminating in a performance of Verdi's Requiem with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra on January 24th. Meanwhile, for those not going away, rehearsals will start back in Brisbane on January 21st. Our by-now traditional small performances for Australia Day and Anzac Eve will be complemented in Semester One by our participation once again in the Queensland Eisteddfod, this year being held on our home turf, the first time the Eisteddfod has been held in the state capital since 1977.
Final details of our end-of-semester one concert, and our plans for semester two, are being confirmed; more details will be released here once available.
2014 was another busy and successful year for QUMS, and thanks go to everyone who was involved in our year's activities, whether onstage or behind the scenes, and indeed to all those who attended our performances and events!
Congratulations to the members of QUMS who travelled to the Sunshine Coast over the Easter weekend (April 18-19) to compete in the Heritage 121st Queensland Eisteddfod! All those who went will agree that the standard of competition (which included choirs from all around South-East Queensland) was excellent, and we are very proud at how well QUMS was represented by the 70 who attended, not only onstage, but in our interactions with and support for the other choirs. It was also a very successful weekend in terms of the competition, with QUMS receiving second place in the Open Chief Choral Contest and Open Sacred Choral Contest, third place in the Open Grand Madrigal Contest and Open Men's Choral Contest, and a High Commendation for the Small Vocal Ensemble.
The remaining performances by QUMS for Semester One included our annual appearance at the TocH ANZAC Eve Service on April 24th and at the University of Queensland's Thanksgiving Service on May 22nd. May 31st then saw our major concert for the semester, featuring Brahm's Ein Deutsches Requiem ('A German Requiem'), along with repeat performances of some of the pieces performed at the Eisteddfod.
The mid-year break saw QUMS welcome university choristers from around the country to Brisbane for the 65th Australian Intervarsity Choral Festival, which led to performances on July 11th and 19th, of Bach's Mass in B Minor in Brisbane City Hall and 'Out of Darkness' (Durufle's Requiem and other modern choral works by O'Regan, Sisask, Tavener, and Whitacre) in St John's Anglican Cathedral respectively.
Semester Two saw three performances, with a contingent from QUMS once again being part of a massed choir of over 500 voices for Brisbane Sings in the QPAC Concert Hall on August 10th, and our own semester concert, The Bard's Birthday Bash on October 18th in St Andrew's Uniting Church, to celebrate Shakespeare's 450th birthday year.
The talent of the group as a whole as well as that of individual members was showcased on November 8th during A Night In with QUMS, a relaxed performance of mainly contemporary and musical theatre favourites by the choir and individual members.
Our year was rounded out in our traditional manner, with Christmas Carolling activities around Brisbane.