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Emma Fradd says Australian parish music is dead – but not gone

CATHOLIC musician Emma Fradd likes the word revival. “I’m a direct communicator, because I think (revival) signifies that something is dead and lifeless,” Emma said. “And I think a lot of parish music in our country is dead.” Recognising there was a problem was the first step to solving it, and Emma, who is touring Brisbane parishes as part of ... Read More »

Brisbane entertainer sees God’s hand in his good fortune

Fortunata Isgro

HIS name literally means “fortunate” and 35 year-old entertainer Fortunato Isgro sees himself as exactly that. In reality however, Brisbane-based Fortunato can’t actually “see” himself with the same type of 20-20-vision that most take for granted. Fortunato was born with Retinitis Pigmentosa, or RP, a rare condition where the eye’s normal retina function is compromised, deteriorates and sometimes causes blindness. ... Read More »

Musical nun and Lismore legend Sr Patricia Dent reaches major birthday

Sr Patricia Dent

PUT Sr Patricia Dent in front of any piano, but especially her 1970 Yamaha, and prepare to be whisked away on a musical adventure for at least an hour. The beloved Presentation Sister spends nearly every day tinkering on her piano in her living room at Caloundra Rise on the Sunshine Coast. “And if the neighbours don’t hear me play, ... Read More »

Australia’s saint turned Margaret Hatzis’ grief into joy with music

Margaret Hatzis

PRIMARY school teacher Margaret Hatzis had one of those “aha moments” while standing next to Mary MacKillop’s tomb in North Sydney. It was 2008 and as she was surrounded only by candlelight, Margaret looked at the holy tomb and realised her entire life – literally from the moment she was born – had been shaped by the then soon-to-be saint. ... Read More »

Cathedral’s first organ scholar pulling all stops to entice young musicians

Rachael Shipard

IT might be rare to see a young person behind the organ at Mass but for Rachael Shipard it’s the rightful place for a Catholic musician. The 21-year-old classically-trained pianist is the first organ scholar to be appointed to St Stephen’s Cathedral, under the Ralph Morton Memorial Organ Scholarship, launched earlier this year. It’s a new direction for the award-winning ... Read More »

Hear the new noise from emmanuelworship

emmanuelworship in the studio

CALLING a new album noise would be offensive to most musicians but not for the worship leaders in Brisbane’s emmanuelworship. For months the team have worked on a new album to recreate the “mighty noise from heaven” that the disciples heard on Pentecost 2000 years ago. That heavenly noise has been captured in Ventus (Noise from Heaven), emmanuelworship’s latest live ... Read More »

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