After the Christmas break following a very successful 2013, rehearsals resumed on January 22nd, and continue every Wednesday night, from 7pm to 9.30pm in Room 222 of the Parnell Building (Bldg 7) 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!
2014 promises to be another active and exciting year for QUMS, with performances covering a wide range of events and repertoire across the year, including:
- April 18-19 (Easter): participation in the Heritage 121st Queensland Eisteddfod, to be held on the Sunshine Coast;
- April 24: TocH ANZAC Eve Service, at ANZAC Square, Brisbane City;
- May 22: UQ Thanksgiving Service for Body Donors;
- May 31: End-of-semester concert, featuring Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem) and other pieces; and
- July 11 and 19: Concerts for the 65th Australian Intervarsity Choral Festival, Brisbane 2014.
Semester Two will include a concert in celebration of the 450th Birthday of William Shakespeare, and a repeat of the 2013's popular A Night In with QUMS concert, featuring individuals as well as the choir as a whole in contemporary-music mode!
We look forward to sharing this variety of music with you as we journey through the year, and any who wish to join the choir to participate onstage are more than welcome!
2013 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 Rockhampton over the Easter weekend (March 29-30) to compete in the Heritage 120th Queensland Eisteddfod! All those who went will agree that the standard of competition (which included choirs from Brisbane, Ipswich, the Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay, Rockhampton, Mackay and Cairns) was very high indeed, 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. Special mention must be made of the men of the choir, who received Highly Commended in both the Open Men's Choral Contest and the Welsh Hymn Singing.
The remaining two performances by QUMS for Semester One included our annual appearance at the TocH ANZAC Eve Service on April 24th. June 1st then saw our major concert for the semester, Coronatus: A musical celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen's Coronation on June 2nd, 1953, performed in the splendour of St John's Anglican Cathedral (photo above). Further images can be found here, and more information about the concert is here.
Semester Two saw three performances, with QUMS joining with the Queensland Choir to present Opera Favourites, a bicentennial celebration of Verdi and Wagner in Brisbane City Hall on September 15th, and a contingent from QUMS being part of a massed choir of over 500 voices for Brisbane Sings in the QPAC Concert Hall on September 21st.
The talent of the group as a whole as well as that of individual members was showcased on November 2nd during A Night In with QUMS, a relaxed performance of 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.