Top classical soloists to perform at Carols by Candlelight
  • Tuesday 08 December 2009

Two of the country’s leading classical soloists will light up the stage at this year’s Carols by Candlelight events presented by Sunshine Coast Council.

Soprano Liza Beamish and tenor John Peek will serenade crowds of up to 10,000 people expected to flock to Cotton Tree Park on Saturday 19 December and Kings Beach Ampitheatre on Sunday 20 December.

Liza Beamish has performed with Opera Australia and Opera Queensland and John Peek, one of Australia’s leading young tenors, has performed in operas such as Figaro, Tosca and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and musical theatre productions including West Side Story, Sunset Boulevard and Fiddler on the Roof.

The pair will be backed by the Coast’s own 30-piece Pacific Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Barrie Gott, Musical Director of the Queensland Pops Orchestra.

Community Events and Celebration Manager, Michael Bloyce, says this year’s Carols by Candlelight events are a rare opportunity to see two of the finest classically-trained singers.

“Both soloists have a number of awards and performances to their credit,” said Michael.

“Liza Beamish was nominated this year for “Best Actress in a Musical” at the Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards and John Peek has soloed in a number of productions including The Judgement of Solomon, Hayden’s The Seasons and Bach’s St Matthew’s Passion.”

The Oriana Concert Choir will back the soloists at Cotton Tree and the award-winning Caloundra Chorale will be the back-up performers at Kings Beach.

Both Carols nights will commence at 6.30pm, with roving entertainment from 5.30pm, and culminate in a spectacular fireworks show.

Other appearances will include the Sillie Billies, New World Rhythm Choir, the Sunshine Coast Performing Arts Centre’s Dance Troupe of 2009, the Wes Taylor Duo, PC Jazz, 12- year-old musical prodigy Bonnie Lawler and a special appearance by Santa Claus.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase from local community organisations. Both nights are alcohol and glass-free events.

Carols at Cotton Tree and Carols on Kings are presented by Sunshine Coast Council in partnership with Stockland and are proudly sponsored by the Sunshine Coast Daily, Win Television and Hot 91.