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Christmas 2012

posted Jan 3, 2013, 8:37 PM by Angela Tuffley

The lead up to Christmas was extremely busy.  After being rained off two years in a row, Redland City Council’s “Christmas By Starlight” on 1st December was held under cover (for the performers at least) on a beautiful warm, clear night.  We performed a couple of Christmas songs and led the community carol singing.   The concert showcased local singers and dancers including international singing star Mirusia, a Redlands girl, who sang with Andre Rieu’s orchestra for five years.   The concert drew a record crowd who loved every moment.
or  eleven nights ending on 23rd December  we were part of the City Council’s “Christmas In the City” parades starting off in Queen Street Mall and finishing at the pantomime stage near the huge Christmas Tree in King George Square.   The parade was spectacular with acrobats, dancers and singers.  The Christmas story was told by Mary on a donkey with Joseph at her side and the Three Wise Men on camels.  We led Santa Claus on his sleigh pulled by real “reindeer”.  It was wonderful interacting with the big crowds as we sang and waved and seeing the children’s eyes light up with excitement.  We always came home on a high.  
This was our second year in the city with the prospect of more to come as we are, apparently, a big hit. 
We also sang carols at Victoria Point Shopping Centre, a commitment we’ve enjoyed for a number of years.  It’s always gratifying when people stop to listen to our singing despite the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping.  The kids love it too when we invite them to jingle the bells as we sing “Jingle Bells”, “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” and “Jingle Bell Rock” as well as traditional Christmas hymns.  
Santa Claus often joins us when he gets a moment without a child on his knee. 
After a brief break in January , the Chorus will be concentrating almost exclusively on preparation for national competition in Perth in May against other SAI Choruses from all over Australia.   Working with our Director and international coaches, we will be honing our vocal and interpretative skills in the hope of giving our best ever performance to move up the ranking from our present national position of fifth.