|Massed Choirs at the Orpheus' Choir 50th Anniversary Celebration|
It was Aristotle who once said the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. However, one doesn’t need to be a philosopher to know that at the time Mrs Aristotle penned that one for posterity, old Ari must surely have been urging his children to join a choir. Two thousand odd years later and testament to Aristotle’s accuracy presented itself in the form of five outstanding choirs who came together in celebration of the Ipswich Orpheus Chorale’s fiftieth anniversary.
The imposing Ipswich City Uniting Church, it’s Wesley Chapel opened in 1858 reputedly making it Queensland’s oldest Church in continuous use, could not have been a more perfect setting for the gathering of these esteemed choirs and the large audience who came to listen.
|Orpheus Choral Group|
The Blackstone Ipswich Cambrian Choir was established in 1886 and the Toowoomba Choral Society has been an integral part of the musical landscape of the Darling Downs since 1933. With performance commitments elsewhere on this day, it was the Toowoomba Choral Society who were masterfully represented by the beautiful baritone voice of Ian Kammholtz. The Ipswich Orpheus Chorale is now fifty years in the making, still boasting ‘original’ members, likewise the Esk Community Choir which has been under the continuous direction of its founder Alexis FitzGerald OAM since 1978 and all these, along with the next generation of choristers in the Young Orpheus Singers, brought not only a wonderful sense of musical history together in this historically significant building but each, through the sum of their voices, created harmony as a whole and the joy of choral singing, unsurpassed.
|Esk Community Choir|
Atop the programme ‘Purely for Pleasure’ was the brief so easily achieved amid so much amazing choral singing. It was with gratitude that Alexis, Margaret and the members of the Esk Community Choir were invited to be a part of the celebration to mark this historic milestone in the life of the Ipswich Orpheus Chorale. To Choir Director Vicki Jones, the Orpheus Committee and Choir members for your wonderful hospitality, we give our sincere thanks.
By: Sue Walker
Photos by: Marina Crichton
|Margaret & Alexis|
|Orpheus Junior Choir|