Spirit of Christmas

Saint Paul’s Anglican Church

Saint Paul’s Anglican Church – Ipswich – December 5

Join the Ipswich City Symphony Orchestra for a wonderous event in Saint Paul’s Church showcasing our String Orchestra, Vocal Ensemble and Brass Octet led by Adrian Head our guest conductor.

We are exceptionally fortunate to have Eduarda van Klinken accompanying the ensembled players on the magnificent St Paul’s Pipe Organ.

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Thank you Ipswich City Council

This beautiful concert was made possible through the generous support of the Ipswich City Council. The Orchestra and members are very grateful for the Council’s ongoing patronage of the Cultural Landscape of the Greater Ipswich Region.

President’s Christmas Message

Christmas. A time where we eat too much, drink a little more than we should and wonder if the receipt is still available for that pair of socks.

We gather as families and strangers at church services, carols and festive events throughout the world. For many, it is a time of celebration for the gift of Christ being born unto our world. Alternatively, for some a period of rest and relaxation.

This year the combination of Covid-19, the economic uncertainty that resulted and the normal stresses of daily life have not diminished the resolve and spirit of our communities.

Testament to this fortitude is the presence of our wonderful musicians in this magnificent location to share with you a beautifully curated collection of old and new works.

From all of us here at Ipswich City Orchestras we wish you and your families a very safe and Merry Christmas.

Christopher Trace

Artistic Director – Patrick Burns

It is with great joy and greetings of the season that we present to you our Spirit of Christmas concert.

Whilst the music of Christmas is often a cause for joy and celebration, today’s concert also provides room for pause and reflection. In a year that has been trying and turbulent, especially for the arts community, it is wonderfully fitting that we are able to welcome back Adrian Head, who conducted our Bush Fire Relief concerts at the beginning of the year.

We are also joined by eight wonderful local soloists, along with the musicians of the musicians of the Ipswich City Orchestra as we celebrate some of the quieter and more evocative music of Christmas.

We are also excited to continue our spotlight on Australian composers, as we share with you a selection of music by a composer well known to Ipswich audiences, Sandra Milliken.

Thank you so much for joining us and continuing to support these incredible local artists and may today’s concert herald in a festive season that is truly full of comfort and joy.

Adrian Head – Guest Conductor

Over the last three decades Adrian has conducted numerous orchestras and ensembles, nationally and overseas, including the Janacek Philharmonic, the Dohnanyi Symphony, the Sinfonia of St Andrew’s, and the Ady Ensemble: a twenty-three piece string orchestra which he founded in 2011, that performs standard repertoire and with newly written commissions and arrangements for the ensemble. In 2016 he studied conducting with Gabor Hollerung in Budapest, Hungary, and in 2017 he travelled to the Czech Republic to study with renowned Finnish conducting pedagogue, Jorma Panula. 2017 also saw Adrian voted a 4MBS Treasured Queensland Classical Musician.

Having graduated from his Bachelor of Music at the University of Queensland in 1993, Adrian became Principal Trombone and Staff Arranger with the Royal Australian Navy Band in Sydney (1994-2002) – a role which included arranging for the Sydney 2000 Olympics and Paralympics. His efforts during this time were rewarded with an Admiral’s Commendation (2001). He moved to Manchester in the UK for two years (2002 – 2003), where he worked for the Royal Northern College of Music and for the Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM). In 2011 he completed his Master of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium.


Vocal Ensemble, Brass Quintet & Percussion

Full Company
JOY TO THE WORLD Lowell Mason arr. J. Rutter

String Orchestra
PASTORES A BELÉN Traditional arr. L. Anderson
IT CAME UPON THE MIDNIGHT CLEAR Edmund Sears arr. L. Anderson

Organ & Brass Quintet
JESU, JOY OF MAN’S DESIRING J.S. Bach arr. G. Cherry

Vocal Ensemble, String Orchestra, Piano & Glockenspiel
BAMBINO DALLE STELLE (Child of the Stars) A.M. de’Liguori arr. S. Milliken

Full Company
HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING F. Mendelssohn arr. D. Willcocks

Trio – Manuao Madar, Kellie Wilson, Carly Quinn

Violin – Helen Carvolth & Piano – Eduarda van Klinken
Vocal Ensemble, String Orchestra, Piano

FALL ON ME I. Axel, C. Vaccarino, M. Bocelli & F. Zampaglione arr. S. Milliken
Soloists Julie Sibley & Troy Castle

String Orchestra
AWAY IN A MANGER Traditional arr. L. Anderson

Vocal Ensemble, String Orchestra and Organ
IN THE BLEAK MID-WINTER G. Holst arr. P. Burns
Solists Manuao Madar & James Fox

Brass Quintet
O, HOLY NIGHT A. Adam arr. A. Frackenpohl

String Orchestra

Vocal Ensemble, String Orchestra & Organ
THE SHEPHERD’S FAREWELL From L’Enfance du Christ Op.25 Hector Berlioz

Full Company
GOD REST YOU MERRY, GENTLEMEN Traditional arr. D. Willcocks

String Orchestra
WASSAIL SONG Traditional arr. L. Anderson

Full Company
O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL J.F. Wade arr. D. Willcocks


Conductor – ADRIAN HEAD

Julie Sibley | Manuao Madar | Kellie Wilson | Carly Quinn
Tom Holownia | Ronan King-Rose | Troy Castle | James Fox

Helen Carvolth Concert Master
Samuel Andrews
Hayden Burton
Donna Jones
Amy Phillips
Laura Thomson

Marguerite Sopinski
Celine Crellin
Alexandra Gorton
Tom Riethmuller

Kathryn Fletcher
Matthew Ryan
Teena Sullivan

Alex McPherson
Amy Allen
Allan Hall

George Valenti
Michael O’Loughlin

Tony Lashmar
Michael McKay
Andrew Kopittke
Jamie Kennedy
John Cosic
Zach Brankovich

Eduarda van Klinken on Pipe Organ and Piano

Thank you to our Supporters

Blackstone-Ipswich Cambrian Choir
Heritage Conveyancing
Ipswich City Council
Jennifer Howard MP
Jim Madden MP
Lance Castle Photography
Rotary Club of Ipswich City
St Paul’s Anglican Church
Kay Dee Promotions
Debbie Lewis – Graphic DesignMerry

Special Thanks

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