Carols in the Park has a proud tradition of showcasing some wonderful talent from the Adelaide Hills and 2017 is no exception. Get ready to be wowed by the following amazing artists!
Springing forth from the hills of Adelaide, Angela Easson is a vibrant, up-and-coming singer/songwriter. Blitzing Australia’s modern country scene with her hard-earned reputation for mixing infectious melodies with her intensely personal lyrics, Angela is rightly regarded as a rising star. Angela released her debut full length album ‘Wanted’ in November 2015. Featuring reflections on love, loss, and life, Angela crafts tales to her unique combination of American and Australian country music, with ‘Wanted’ drawing influence from the greats such as Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, and Kacey Musgraves.
Awards and Accolades include:
Country Music SA 2009 Senior Champion of Champions; Norfolk Island Country Music Fesval 2010 Entertainer of the Year; Graduate of the CMAA’s Country Music Academy 2010; SA APRA Award 2010 Modern Country Song of the Year; SA APRA 2010 Overall Country Song of the Year; Release of self-titled EP 2011; MusicOz Independent Awards Finalist 2013; Debut Full length album ‘Wanted’ 2015; Today’s Country 94.1FM 2015 Brand New Star; South Australian Music Awards nominee 2016 ‘Most Popular Country Artist’.
Ashleigh Ellen, 20, began singing during high school where she initially explored genres of pop, contemporary and folk music. Since graduating high school in 2015, she began her Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) at the Elder Conservatorium. During her studies Ashleigh has completed levels one and two of the Estill Voice Training course with Naomi Eyres and attended workshops with many notable musicians including Anita Wardell, Michelle Nicole, Lauren Henderson, Will Vinson and Matthew Sheens. She is also a member of the Adelaide Connection Jazz Choir. Ashleigh has been involved in the Mount Barker Carols in the Park since 2015 and is thrilled to be a part of Carols 2017!
Georgia Malchow is in her first year at Adelaide University; she is 18 years old and has a passion for music, singing and performing.
She has been heavily involved with the Festival of Music and was a member of the South Australian Public Primary Schools Choir for three years performing at various events in Adelaide and with the Music program at St Francis de Sales College in high school. Georgia was a soloist for the Carols in the Park Mt Barker in 2016 and performed at the Callington Carols in the same year. Whilst studying at university she has continued her vocal lessons with Lisa Duffield and hopes to start performing at local venues in the near future. Georgia is excited to be part of Carols in the Park, 2017.
Amy Hein is a vibrant local vocalist from the Adelaide Hills. As a Year 11 student at Cornerstone College, Mount Barker, she had her first performance at the Generations in Jazz festival with the school’s Jazz Vocal ensemble, Somethin’ Else. Performing in the Adelaide Cabaret Festival as part of the 2017 Class of Cabaret, Amy gained invaluable performance experience working with artists including Eddie Perfect, Ali McGregor, Amelia Ryan, and Michael Griffiths. She is the 2017 Lobethal Harmony Club Clara Serena Memorial Scholarship winner, and has enjoyed performance experience throughout South Australia. Amy has also supported the Mount Barker Rotary Club by providing musical features at special events. She is looking forward to returning to Carols in the Park for 2017.
Natasha Tidman is a singer, guitarist and songwriter and also a student of music. Some of Natasha’s career highlights include :
2009 - Avon Valley Arts Inc Eisteddfod winner Classical Solo and Popular (Jazz) Song
2009 - Parliament of World Religions (Melbourne) vocalist
2010 - Travelled to India teaching music in schools and communities
2011 - Avon Valley Arts Inc Eisteddfod Festival Scholarship Award
2012 - WA Academy of Performing Arts - Jazz Voice
2017 - Elder Conservatorium of Music - Jazz Voice
2017 - Mary Elizabeth Baker Scholarship winner
2017 - Inkpot Arts Talent in the Hills Competition winner
Natasha is thrilled to be part of Carols in the Park, 2017
Isabella Jenke is 14 years old and in Year 8 at St Francis de Sales College. Bella’s current vocal teacher is Lisa Duffield. She participates in the Senior Vocal choir and the Generations in Jazz choir, which was a place getter in Division 4 at Mount Gambier this year. Bella is very excited to be part of Carols in the Park, 2017
Lauren Holdstock is 17 and has just finished Year 12 at Heathfield High School. She has been singing and performing publicly since she was two years old and her life has revolved around music and drama. Lauren has been involved with the Festival of Music choir, the South Australian Public Primary Schools Choir, Gondwana Choir and recently competed in Ink Pot Arts’ Talent in the Hills competition and was runner up in her age group. Lauren has a passion for jazz music leading to the study and performance of jazz standards and artists such as Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole. While most of her musical inspiration is drawn from Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, Lauren is also influenced by current artists such as London Grammar, Florence + the Machine and the late Amy Winehouse. Lauren is looking forward to taking part in Carols in the Park, 2017.
Patrick McLoughlin is 18 years old and has been a singer for most of his life. He was involved with music and drama at primary school and developed those interests through high school at St Francis de Sales College. He has performed at numerous weddings and hopes to further develop his vocal skills in the future. Patrick is excited to be part of the Carols in the Park, 2017.
When they’re not teaching or marking assignments, they’re singing! The Department features Michelle Hahn on piano and Ros Mattner, Rebecca Page and Emily Lovelock in three-part harmony. Formed as a creative outlet in 2016 and still going strong, The Department is delighted to have been asked to sing at the 2017 Carols in the Park.
Musaic and JazZone Ensembles
Musaic Senior Vocal Ensemble is St Francis de Sales College’s open senior choir. This three-part ensemble is made up of students from Years 6-12 and sings contemporary pieces and worship songs. Led by Michelle Hahn, this enthusiastic and committed ensemble meets twice weekly.
JazZone Senior Vocal Ensemble is St Francis de Sales College’s premiere auditioned choir. Formed for the Generations in Jazz Festival held in Mount Gambier last May, where they came fourth in their division, this young ensemble has great things ahead! Vocalists from Years 7-12 meet twice weekly throughout the year, beyond the festival, rehearsing jazz pieces in two parts. Choir director Michelle Hahn is excited to work with this group of talented vocalists.
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