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Celebrate Mum on Mother’s Day!

Mums are worth celebrating! I know because I’m a mum! Well, this year the Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir are staging a special concert to do just that.
On Sunday the 13th of May at 2:00pm, mum and the family are invited to join the choir and their fans and friends at the Immanuel College Junior School Hall (Wises Road) for a sensational concert of favourite songs and melodies, featuring respected solo artists and the gorgeous youth choir.
As if the program itself wasn’t enough, there’ll also be competitions and prizes AND a lovely High Tea! I love High Tea.
By attending any Oriana concert this year, you are helping them get closer to Europe! That’s right! The community group of 70 singers from all walks of life, from students to seniors, are in the final stages of preparation for an international tour that will see them singing in England, Wales, Belgium and France. Check out the Tour Itinerary!

Tour Itinerary

On the 30th of June we will rendezvous at our hotel in London. During our four days in London we will perform at St Martin in the FieldsSt Paul’s Cathedral and thePalace of Westminster. We might be able to attend a West End show and there will be some time for sightseeing!

On the 4th of July we’ll head to Brighton where we will meet up with our host and friend of Oriana, Dr Roy Wales. We’ll present a concert at St Margaret’s Church, Rottingdean.
The next day we’ll head to Llangollen, Wales to compete at the International Eisteddfod. We’ll be at the Eisteddfod for two days and three nights. We’ll compete in three different sections and if we’re really clever, may score ourselves entry into the ‘Choir of World’ competition. Whilst there, we will have the opportunity to see and listen to other world class choirs and attend a variety of concerts.
Next, on July 8th, it’s off to Belgium. During our four days there, we’ll stay in Bruges, known as ‘The Venice of the North’. We will enjoy a full day excursion to Brussels, a guided tour of Bruges, a visit to Ypres and attend the Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate. We will perform at St Pieterskerk, Ypres and maybe also at the Menin Gate. There will also be an excursion to Antwerp – Diamond Capital of the World!
Four days in France are next. We’ll enjoy lunch in champagne region on the way to Paris. After a guided tour of Paris, we’ll present a concert at the Eglise de la Madeleine. We have a full day in Paris to enjoy Bastille Day festivities and we will travel to the Palace of Versailles. Our final concert will be Eglise St Merri.
We will farewell Europe with dinner at local restaurant on July 15. After the tour, many members are taking the opportunity to travel further, no doubt savouring the memories or Oriana’s trip of a lifetime.

“The tour will be a trip of a lifetime and we’ve been fundraising like crazy to make it as easy as possible for members to afford. Each person in the choir has made huge financial commitments,” said Mr Calder. “We’d love to involve Sunshine Coast residents and businesses as much as possible and invite people to approach us if they’re interested in supporting us on our journey.”
The tour project has been a remarkable achievement for the musical group, who have been together for just six years. In that time, the current Queensland Champs have developed outstanding levels of performance and professionalism.
Following the Mother’s Day concert this Sunday, the Oriana Choir can be enjoyed at Lake Kawana Centre on June 17th (Farewll and Reception) and upon their return from Europe, on November 25th (Faure’s Requiem & Vivaldi’s Gloria). For more details, check out the website.
Why not show your support for the Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir and, at the same time, with High Tea and music, celebrate mum on Mother’s Day?!

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