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Marian Musical Oratorio

An evening of Marian sacred and classical music. Directed by Mr Warwick Adeney, director of music of the Brisbane Oratory (and concertmaster of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra). Free admission. Begins at 7:30pm at the Brisbane Oratory in Mary Immaculate church, 616 Ipswich Rd, Annerley. For more information call 38481107 or visit http://bit.ly/brisbaneoratorio Read More »

Emmaus College student inspired to pursue music career despite losing knockout round on The Voice

Ruby Jo on The Voice

SOULFUL singer and Emmaus College student Ruby Jo has described her time on television series The Voice as a “blessed” experience. The 15-year-old Chambers Flat musician performed Scars to Your Beautiful by Alessia Cara, gaining a place on United Kingdom singer Seal’s team. She appeared in the subsequent knockout round on May 23 which marked the end of her journey ... Read More »

Music, Mary and Metallica: Emma Fradd’s stairway to heaven

THERE were two things that changed Emma Fradd’s life. The first was the Gibson Flying V guitar James Hetfield of the heavy metal band Metallica strummed in the ’90s. Or more specifically, it was seeing her older brother hold a replica of the Mighty Het’s prized possession as a teenager.  “Little skinny white boy with a big axe guitar,” she ... Read More »

Three generations happy to be serving the Lord

The Wilmers

WHEN Michele Wilmer surveyed the jubilant 1600-strong crowd at an evening rally of Emmanuel Community’s Ignite Conference in late September she was overcome with pride.  Her son Alex and his son Lucas, guitarists in the emmanuelworship band, were leading conference participants in a dynamic, well-known and well-loved style of prayer and worship.  “(I felt) oh wow, they’re so good; when ... Read More »

Q&A with Andrea Bocelli

Andrea Bocelli

Italy’s most famous musician sat down with Zenit for a chat about his childhood and why his mother saved his life by refusing an abortion. Q: You were born in Lajatico, a small village on the hills, near Pisa, in the Valdera region. You spent your childhood among olive groves and fields in the wonderful land of Tuscany. Why today, when ... Read More »

Young cancer survivor Chelsea Stutchbury names debut single after chemotherapy drug

Chelsea and Taylor feature

VINCRISTINE. It is the name of a chemotherapy drug, and it is also the title of a debut single from 18-year-old singer and cancer survivor Chelsea Stutchbury. In 2014, Chelsea was halfway through her final-year studies at Bundaberg’s Shalom College when she was diagnosed with lymphoma. During the next few months she was forced to undergo three intensive rounds of ... Read More »

Brisbane country singer makes dream trip to Nashville

Bridget O'Shannessy

RISING Brisbane country musician Bridget O’Shannessy (pictured) had her childhood wish granted when she made her debut performance in America’s music city last week. The 16-year-old from Brisbane played her first live performance in Nashville, Tennessee, as a finalist for an international song competition. The talented young singer also met with major music producers, record company representatives and songwriters to ... Read More »

Queensland seminarians recording first liturgical music CD

Seminarians singing

QUEENSLAND’S future priests will bring ancient Church music to life in a new album available next year. The first in a series of CDs will include ancient prayers used in Catholic liturgy, in particular, psalms and canticles used in sung Masses and the Divine Office inside Queensland’s seminary. Seminarian Jack Ho is among the five future priests featured on the ... Read More »

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