Starlight to shine on Redlands’ talent

The depth of top-class talent in the Redlands will be on show at this month’s Christmas by Starlight with a cast of 30-plus local performers joining the free family event.

They will perform with a line-up of highly acclaimed national stars such as Christine Anu and Thirsty Merc at Mt Cotton’s Sirromet Winery on Sunday 18 December.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that while this year’s event had attracted the best-ever cast of internationally acclaimed stars, it remained very much a local event at heart.

“Starlight will show yet again that our home-grown talent is up there with the best and you will certainly be hearing a lot more from many of the names on our program,’’ Cr Williams said.

“The Voice Kids 2014 winner Alexa Curtis, young soprano Leah Lever, Jeremy Saywell, Shannon Robinson, Kym Hebblewhite and the big sounds of Craig Martin are a just some of the incredible talent performing who call the Redlands’ home.

“Under the guidance of internationally renowned musical director, pianist and composer John Foreman, they will be performing alongside hit-makers Thirsty Merc and the multi-Aria award-winning Christine Anu, as well as some of Australia’s other finest voices.’’

Other top local talent includes: Riley Aston, Jack Austin, Arianne Bampton, Ava Bampton, Leanne Brien, Francesca Brzokowski, Joshua Hughes, Grace Huggins, Georgina Harpour, Caitlin Hurtado, Dana-Maree Jennings-Paige, Sophie Lafferty, Rebecca Lepahe, Meghan McGuiness, Hannah Porritt, Moana Rogers, Caitlin Scott, Kaija Scott, Shane Calderbank, Georgia Morton, Josh Sinclair, Rose Traynor-Boyland, Ben Young, Alison Rogers, Chenaya Aston, Gabriella Boumford and the members of Strictly Dance, Redland Dance and Redland City Choir.

They are part of a cast which includes top musical theatre star Amanda Harrison of Les Miserables and Wicked fame, jazz vocalist Emma Pask, The Voice Australia finalist Ellen Reed, opera singer Billy Bourchier, orchestrator and singer Craig Allister Young and the soulful Angela Fabian.

“Christmas by Starlight is locally produced, high on top-end local talent and a ‘must-do’ this Christmas, so come along, spread out a picnic blanket, enjoy the great food and drink stalls and kid’s activities and enjoy the star-studded modern line-up, mixed with traditional favourites,” Cr Williams said.

Gates will open from 3pm on Sunday 18 December at Sirromet Winery, with the concert starting at 6pm and concluding with a fireworks spectacular at about 8.15pm.

Entry is free. People will have the opportunity to make a gold coin donation to support programs combatting domestic and family violence if they wish to do so.

Ample parking is available however people will be able to leave the car at home and catch one of the free buses leaving from key points around the City. A courtesy ferry service will also be available to North Stradbroke Island from Cleveland after the concert thanks to Stradbroke Ferries. Timetables will be announced in the near future. Check Council’s website for details. Please allow enough time for traffic to the event.

Christmas by Starlight is proudly supported by event partners Sirromet Winery and Vocal Manoeuvres Academy and sponsors Viking Rentals, Energex, Fairfax Media, Alex Gow Funeral Directors, Shoreline Redlands Pty Ltd, Gadens, J.J. Richards, Mr Fireworks and Stradbroke Ferries.

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