Carols in Queens Park Performers
Nicolette Harper is a young lady of many musical talents. As well as being a lovely vocalist, Nicolette plays many instruments including: - Guitar, Violin, Flute, Trombone, Cello and Piano. Nicolette has also studied dancing for many years and is currently with the Toni Robinson School of Dance. Nicolette also sings with the Maryborough Youth Choir.
Nicolette has performed in various musical productions such as Maryborough High’s “Ma Bakers’ Tonic” where she is a student, and also in two recent musicals at the Brolga Theatre “Oklahoma!” and “The Wizard of Oz” as well as the 2009 Christmas Concert and the Brolga 10th Anniversary Concert. Nicolette also participated in the most recent Eisteddfod and gained 7 first places in various music genres and also 2011 “Most Promising Vocalist Under 15 Years” Nicolette loves many styles of music which can only be beneficial in her quest to one day become a professional performer
| Maryborough Youth Choir
The Maryborough Youth Choir is an auditioned group of young singers ranging in age from 8-25 years. The choir performs regularly in the community and showcases some of the regions finest young voices.
Highlights of the youth choir calendar are Australia Day, Mary Poppins Day, Maryborough Eisteddfod, and the Maryborough Christmas celebrations. They have also enjoyed singing at weddings and concerts, and over the years have performed with Rob Guest, Vanessa Amorossi, Simon Gallaher and Julie Anthony.
The choir has also won Modern Chorus Competition at Queensland Eisteddfod
| Maryborough Special School's "Bucketeers"
Bucketeers is a percussion group of around fifteen students playing rhythms on plastic buckets which was formed up some years ago. It proved a great success with students thoroughly enjoying the experience and developing good beat and rhythm skills along the way.
As the group grew a repertoire additional percussion instruments were added as well as metal buckets and even a galvanised iron rubbish bin. In 2010 Bucketeers were able to purchase a pair of congas, African djembes and more auxiliary percussion instruments including a vibraslap and a range of ethnic percussion instruments.
Bucketeers perform at a range of Maryborough events each year including Disability Week, Queensland Childrens Week in Queens Park, and Art Gallery viewings. Students really enjoy the privilege of playing in Bucketeers as they experience the magic and thrill of public performance sharing their fun with their audience.
However Bucketeers is also fun with deeper goals- it is an educational experience in its own right. Students gain musical skills and all the benefits that accompany music education. They also gain self confidence as they learn the art of public presentation.
The Maryborough Special School Bucketeers thank the Maryborough community for its ongoing support and look forward to performing for them on future occasions..
Josh has always loved music, especially singing. He has been a member of the Maryborough Youth Choir for 5 years and is also an active member of St Mary’s College choir. He has a passion for the stage and has been lucky enough to perform in a number of local Theatre productions. He has won many awards at local and state eisteddfods for both his singing and for piano. His aim is to gain a place in the Musical Theatre Degree offered at Griffith University and he also hopes to teach music, so he can inspire a love of music in others.
| Nicolette Harper, Anna Parker, Hayley Symington and Joshua Clifford have collectively been singing for 25 years. As talented young performers in the Fraser Coast region, they have enjoyed performing at events for the last 5 years, such as ‘Light Up the City’, ‘Carols by Candlelight’, Mary Poppin’s Day and other charity concerts. They have all participated in community theatre productions, such as the ‘Oliver,’ ‘Oklahoma,’ ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and ‘The Music Man.’ Nicolette, Anna, Hayley and Josh are also active members of the Maryborough Youth Choir, and are prize winners in the Maryborough Eisteddfod. Taught by Tracy Wright, these four creative, enthusiastic youths are a credit to the Fraser Coast.
| Sarah Lakshamn
Sarah moved to the Fraser Coast 8 years ago and has been loving living here ever since.
Said to have become serious about singing in her toddler years, when her early influences included “Play School” and “The Wiggles”.
A regular vocalist in the Maryborough Eisteddfod, she was awarded the Most Promising Junior Vocalist in 2008. Sarah also competed in the Queensland Eisteddfod 2011 and gained first place for her efforts in the Australian Composer category under 15 years.
Sarah has been studying under Vocals Music Teacher Alan Muller for the past eight years and has completed Trinity College vocal exams.
eon has been performing years and a new and exciting chapter has begun with Leon performing with he son Nathaniel.
Nathaniel is 10yrs old and has started playing guitar this year and is enjoying the journey. This is Nathaniel first major event and Leon is very excited to be playing music with Nathaniel.
| Emily Heilbronn
I have been performing in one way or another since I was 4 years old when I performed in my 1st Toni Robinson Concert.
I danced with Toni Robinson until I turned 7, performing in all the end of year concerts. I joined the school junior choir in grade 3. Junior choir is until grade 4. I moved up to the senior school choir and I am still there.
I played one of the orphans in the musical ‘Annie’ in the Brolga Theatre’s 10th birthday celebrations, and that was my first time singing on stage in a minor role, microphone and dancing with only a couple of other entertainers with me. It was an incredibly enjoyable time.
I auditioned for the musical the brolga theatre put on this year 2011 ‘The Music Man’, where I was successful in being one of the town’s people children. I was so excited. Next I auditioned for the Fraser Coast Carols in the park 2011 and was lucky enough to receive a solo.
Along with singing and all things music that I love, singing 24/7 (even in my sleep and humming in class), I was playing viola’ at school, love to have a bash on my Uncle’s drum kit and I self practise on a small keyboard we have here at home.
Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Lou Parker has just recently returned from the States, where she auditioned for Cirque du Soleil and met with a high profile recording agency. She has since returned with two silver medals from the World Performing Arts Championships and has since been offered a record contract with an international agency. She is here to perform for you live tonight, singing 'Maybe This Christmas'
Jeanette Jones celebrates 25 years as a professional musician in 2011. As Jeanette James, her first album was released in 1986. Since then,she has had 9 hit songs on the Country Music Charts from 1987 with One Track Mind to 1995 and Ballerina. Jeanette was a Starmaker finalist in 1986 and 1987 and took it one step further in 1991 and 1993 when she was a top 5 Finalist in the Gold Guitar Awards in Tamworth for Female Vocal and Group or Duo ( with Allan Caswell ) both years. Jeanette has performed at all major Country Music Festivals in Australia , particularly Tamworth, having lived there for about 10 years. She was MC for The Entertainer of the Year Quest for 5 years and has toured extensively around Australia. A major highlight was performing at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Tamworth on Parade Tour in 1991, 1992 and 1993 and performing and judging at the Gympie Muster. Chris and Jeanette moved to Queensland in the mid 90's and have been working together and judging at Country Music Festivals in the years since. They plan to release another album together soon. Jeanette still thinks that her greatest achievement to date is their 13 year old son Jesse.
| West State Primary School Choir
Maryborough West State School has 2 choirs (Junior & Senior), combined total 115 students. For the past 10 years, Suzie Bath has successfully lead this choir through many local competitions and performances including the Maryborough Eisteddfod, Maryborough West Music Night, Opening celebrations, Japanese Speech competition, and many more. This year, the choir is now lead by Amy Armitage who has continued on with these performances and this being the first time for the Maryborough West combined choir to be performing at the Carols in the Park.
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