Ensembles from all over the Adelaide Hills!
Scroll over the photos below for more information and contact details for each of these talented groups.
The Carols Big Band is made up of players from the Mt Barker Big Band together with selected guest musicians. Rehearsals for this event start in around late August with the band coming together with the singers and other performers during November leading upto the performance. For further information please check out the Mt Barker Big Band Facebook page and the Mt Barker District Concert Band website.
The Heathfield Renegades formed in November 2009. They have since taken their unique, dynamic style of drumming to hundreds of thousands of people. Most notably, they have led the Port Adelaide FC 'March from the Mall' in the 2014-2016 AFL seasons, featured in a Jimmy Barnes film clip, performed in the WOMADelaide Parades and Credit Union Christmas Pageant, and have been broadcast live on TV as half-time entertainment at the Dome. In the words of FOX Sports NBL commentator Steve Carfino, "that's the reason my kids never played the drums."
The idea for the the Adelaide Hills Ukelele Group (AHUG) began in April 2012 and really got going in late 2012 with Ink Pot Arts Inc. soon able to offer classes to Absolute Beginners, Beginners I & II and an Intermediate class. Many performances at local community events ensued, bringing delight to both the AHUG members and our audiences!
Flash forward to 2020 and AHUG continue to navigate the new COVID-friendly world of classes – including online Zoom sessions – with the legendary Max Tulysewski at the helm. Max has brought a wealth of experience to our classes and group members continue to develop their performance skills on an ever-evolving journey, with many opportunities to share a love for music and community connection! We warmly welcome you to join us.
The Annette Langham School of Ballet was established in 1983 and our purpose built facility was completed in 1990. We currently operate 2 dance studios with sprung floors, mirrors and airconditioning as well as a pilates studio.
We are classical ballet specialists. However we do encourage our dancers to expand into related disciplines, primarily contemporary dance and musical theatre.
We are also passionate about pilates which we incorporate into our training system to produce stronger, more flexible dancers with greater body awareness and enhanced understanding of technical corrections.
We operate in a non competitive environment where respect, determination, self discipline and striving for improvement no matter how little is valued just as much as raw talent.
The majority of our students dance for fun but I am proud to say we have produced some dancers of note. Our more dedicated students have been accepted into the the Australian Ballet School and other major training institutions nationally.
This group of talented young musicians have come together from many schools across the Hills and metropolitan regions to study together the finer details of Performance in the Music Industry, studying at the Mount Barker High School Campus.
Students currently enrolled represent the following schools; St John’s Grammar School, Oakbank Area School, Urrbrae Agricultural High School, Glenunga International High School, Mount Barker High School, Eastern Fleurieu School, and Heathfield High School.
This year the student bands from the course have recently performed at “Represent“ (the Adelaide Hills Council Youth music and arts event) at Oakbank as well as to a brilliant sell out concert at The Gov Hotel to rave reviews. This talented group of contemporary musicians will present three new arrangements of traditional carols, which are sure to have you tapping your feet, and recognising the resilient message these songs bring in this festive season.
The C3 Church team you’ll see and hear are part of the Sunday service worship team at C3 Church Adelaide Hills in Hahndorf. They usually look forward to hosting the popular ‘Carols by Candlelight’ at Hahndorf Christkindlmarkt each year, but due to the event being postponed to 2021, they are delighted to share the joy and hope of Christmas through carols ‘by daylight’ at Rudolph's Christmas Revolution.
Mount Barker High School has a number of students with a keen interest in singing who are given the opportunity to perform in the school vocal ensemble for a range of events throughout the year. As this has been a year like no other, the ensemble’s public performance activities have been restricted to just the Carols In The Park event for 2020. The group is small but creates a positive energy which we invite the audience to enjoy as we celebrate this end of year occasion and look forward to 2021. The ensemble is directed by English/HASS teacher and singer, Adele Liebelt with our school music teacher, Brendan Fitzgerald as accompanist.
This small vocal company was formed in response to the plethora of vocal talent St Francis had in their 2020 Senior Music class. Bella, Tilly, Eliza and Nathan are joined by Max, who round out their fabulous sound with his amazing bass. Singing a variety of pieces, from contemporary to jazz and more, this group sings both accompanied and acapella. They were a stellar addition to the St Francis ensemble groups this year and they are thrilled to be a part of the 2020 carols events.
Musaic is St Francis de Sales’ open senior choir. This three-part ensemble is made up of students from Years 7-12 and sings contemporary pieces and worship songs. Led by choir captain Tilly Lovelock and R-12 Music Teacher Bec Page, this enthusiastic and committed ensemble meets weekly. Many members of this choir also feature in St Francis de Sales College’s JazZone Vocal Ensemble.
JazZone is St Francis de Sales College Senior Jazz Vocal Ensemble. Directed by the College R-12 Music Teacher, Bec Page, and made up of students from Years 7-12, JazZone rehearses multiple times per week in the lead-up to the Generations in Jazz Festival in Mount Gambier in May, and throughout the year, performing for audiences both within and outside of the College.
Led by choir captain Nathan Sachse and R-12 Music Teacher Bec Page, a number of these performers can’t wait until Generations is back! This is their fourth carols, and they are delighted to perform for you again today.
St Mark’s Lutheran School has a rich musical culture. Students begin their choir journey from Years 1-3, participating in weekly singing groups which include vocal exploration, ear training and musical games. They then have the opportunity to progress to our senior choir in Years 4 to 6.
There are many opportunities throughout the year when students can use their God given abilities to bless the school and broader community. The choir performs regularly at assemblies, special events, school concerts, carols events and Sash Ferguson nursing home.
For the programme:
Tonight they will be performing, under the direction of St Mark’s music teacher and choir leader, Ms Ellen Lyall and accompanied by Sue Mears, “The Wassail Song”, “Angels We Have Heard on High”, “One Little Candle” and a familiar song with an Aussie twist, “Deck The Sheds With Bits Of Wattle”.