Chorale has J ‘Jumping for Joy’

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By Jim Fagan

It was mince pies, Christmas carols, cheese platters and loads of singing fun when Noosa Chorale brought JOY to a packed J Theatre last Friday and Saturday with its Christmas Cheer Wassail.

Eleven years ago Noosa Chorale introduced its first Wassail and as Chorale president Gai Ramsay told Noosa Today, “Many of those who regularly come say that for them the Wassail is really the start of celebrating Christmas.

“Each year it’s a sell-out. Noosa people love sitting at “cabaret-style” tables, having a few drinks, something to eat and joining the choir with the sing-along from word sheets of well-known carols.

“This year’s theme was “JOY.” We presented a mix of carols and classical music, including Beethoven’s famous ‘Ode to Joy.

“We also had a beautiful duet by two of our singers, soprano Fran Wilson and contralto Debra Schneider who sang Laudamus Te from Vivaldi’s Gloria.

“Next year is the 25th anniversary of our founding. We have a spectacular programme of concerts planned and I can promise something extra special for Wassail 2019,” Gai said.

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