The Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols performers
The Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols will take place at Brisbane's Riverstage on Saturday 8 December.
This year's line-up of performers boast some of Australia's and Queensland's biggest and brightest talents with the likes of Harrison Craig, Casey Donovan, Luke Antony, The Idea of North and many more taking the stage.
Find out more about this year's performers.
Charli Robinson was an original member of the hugely successful kids' band Hi5 and one is one of Australia's best-loved personalities. She has appeared on numerous television shows including Network Ten's It's a Knock out, Seven Network's Spring Carnival, as a regular presenter on 9 News Weather and as a finalist on the eighth season of Dancing with the Stars.
Charli has co-hosted SeaFM's high rating breakfast show on the Gold Coast, appeared as a guest host on Triple M Sydney and is a guest presenter on 9Now's Getaway.
John Foreman (OAM)
Musical director, pianist and composer John Foreman has appeared on Australian television for more than two decades. He is the musical force behind many of Australia's biggest entertainment events including Vision Australia Carols by Candlelight and Australian Idol, and has produced hit records for Guy Sebastian and Anthony Callea.
In 2015, John was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the performing arts. He returns for his fifth year as musical director of the Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols.
Harrison Craig first made his mark as the winner of second series of The Voice Australia in 2013. His first album, More Than a Dream went on to become Platinum in Australia and his second album L.O.V.E. remained in the ARIA Top 10 album chart for six weeks. In 2016 Harrison released his third album, Kings of Vegas, which pays homage to some of the iconic artists from the 1950s, such as The Rat Pack, Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley and Frankie Valli.
His unique voice and crooner's style set him apart from the crowd and he draws inspiration from Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Nat King Cole.
The Idea of North
The Idea of North is and has been Australia's premier contemporary a cappella ensemble for many years. The group has recorded over 10 albums and are recognised with two Best Jazz Album ARIA Awards – for their 2010 release Feels Like Spring (a collaboration with jazz great, James Morrison) and for their 2013 release, Smile.
Renowned for their ability to connect musically and emotionally with an audience, the group continues to test the limits of the human voice across many musical genres including jazz, folk, pop, comedy and gospel.
Nick Begbie, Tenor; Naomi Crellin, Alto; Luke Thompson, Bass; Emma Rule, Soprano; Kai Kitamura, Vocal Percussionist.
Casey Donovan is one of Australia's most versatile entertainers. After a meteoric rise to fame at the age of 16, she became the youngest ever winner of Australian Idol in 2004. Over the last 14 years, she has made her mark not only as a musician, but also on the theatre stage, in film and as a writer.
The recipient of an ARIA No #1 Chart Award for Listen with Your Heart and Deadly Awards for Best Album, Best Single and Artist of the Year. She has earned critical acclaim for her performances in the stage musicals We Will Rock You and The Sapphires. In 2017 she was crowned winner of Network Ten's, I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!
With his uniquely soulful voice and his energetic live performances, Luke Antony is one of Australia's most promising rising stars. Inspired by the world's great soul singers like Stevie Wonder and Al Green, he has an impressive vocal range that has encouraged comparisons Sam Smith and George Michael.
Luke has gone on to perform with some of Australia's most well-known singers including Christine Anu and David Campbell. In 2018 Luke wowed Australia, earning himself a spot in The Voice Top 12 on #TeamGeorge.
Greg Gould is one of Australia's most exciting new entertainers, connecting with audiences through his powerhouse vocals and charismatic stage presence. One of his biggest achievements is his recording and video of the En Vogue song Don't Let Go, which charted in several European countries it has been viewed by over 20 million people. In 2017 he teamed up with Australian music icon Christine Anu to recreate the heart-breaking duet from Rent, Without You, which marks his first release through ABC Universal Music Australia.
Mirusia studied opera at the Queensland Conservatorium and at the age of 21 was announced as the youngest ever recipient of the Dame Joan Sutherland Opera Award. After graduation, her career blossomed when she toured the world for 11 years as a featured soloist with André Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra.
As a solo artist she has embarked on several successful international tours in support of her acclaimed albums, This Time Tomorrow and From the Heart. In 2018, she launched her new solo touring project, An Enchanted Evening, in The Netherlands.
Carmen is known world-wide as the Brazilian star soprano performing with André Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra. She has toured to more than 50 countries, sung on some of the world's biggest stages and recorded several albums.
In Brazil she received critical acclaim as solo artist winning the prestigious Bidu Sayão International Vocal Competition. Her new recording and touring project, Carmen sings Callas, is a tribute to the great Maria Callas and a journey through her life's story in song.
Opera Queensland - José Carbó
Argentine-Australian baritone José Carbó is one of the most exciting operatic artists of his generation. Consistently praised for his smooth, rich, powerful voice, thrilling top notes and magnetic stage presence, José has performed with leading houses of the world including Teatro alla Scala, Teatro Real Madrid, Los Angeles Opera, Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Seattle Opera and Opera Australia. José Carbó represents Opera Queensland at this year's Carols, and will feature as Scarpia in Opera Queensland's 2019 Season of Tosca.
Since making his debut with the English National Opera as Rodolfo in La Bohème, Bradley has worked with Opera Companies all over the world including Australia, the UK, Belgium, Italy, Paris and Germany. Most recently, Bradley sang Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for Opera Queensland and Sigmund in Der Ring des Nibelungen for Opera Australia. He has performed as Siegfried in both Siegfried and Götterdämmerung for Kiel Opera Germany and Walter in The Mastersingers of Nuremberg Act III concert for State Opera of South Australia.
Queensland boy soprano, Luke Harrison, is no stranger to the stage. From a young age he has appealed to audiences with his mesmerising raw talent and natural ability to captivate a crowd. Luke recently performed in the Closing Ceremony of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. In 2016 he performed in The London Palladium Production of The Sound of Music at Queensland Performing Arts Centre and as a featured singer with The Queensland Pops Orchestra.
Lah-Lah is all about introducing children to music and musical instruments. As Australia's premier band for children and their families, they have been seen on Australian TV networks ABC KIDS, the Seven Network, CBeebies, Nick Jr. and Stan since 2009. Lah-Lah's Big Live Band continues to delight audiences at their sell-out live concerts across Australia and gets the whole family singing and dancing.
Lah-Lah are ARIA-nominated Sony Music recording artists with five albums of original music influenced by a wide range of genres including rock'n'roll, jazz, gypsy, world music, Latin and pop. The band's newest project The Stripy Sock Club series is due to hit Australian screens in 2019.
Joseph and James Tawadros
Born in Cairo, Egypt, Joseph Tawadros has established himself as one of the world's leading oud performers and composers. Joseph has toured extensively and has collaborated with artists such as Zakir Hussain, Béla Fleck, Roy Ayers, Mike Stern, Neil Finn, Katie Noonan and Grammy award-winning double bassist Christian McBride amongst many others.
A virtuoso of amazing diversity and sensitivity, Joseph continues to appear in concert halls worldwide, dazzling audiences with his brilliant technique, passionate musicianship and his joyous style of performance. This year his brother, percussionist James Tawadros, joins Joseph on stage.
Ellen Reed shot to national attention as superstar coach Jessie J's grand finalist on the fifth season of top-rating TV show The Voice. Placing fourth overall, Ellen won the hearts of a nation with her soaring voice, giant heart and unshakeable spirit. Since leaving the show, Ellen's popularity and profile has continued to soar as she's cemented her voice not only as one of Australia's most gifted singer/songwriters, but as a passionate brand ambassador and activist.
In 2018 she was appointed a guest judge on the new reality TV singing show All Together Now and released her new single, Selfish.
Tony Dee (AKA Tony Doevendans) is a Brisbane artist who loves putting a smile on people's faces with his swinging tunes and gentle love songs from the early days of jazz. Tony was born with Spina Bifida and as a result is confined to a wheelchair but is actively passionate about living life to the full.
In 2016, Channel 4 in the UK selected Tony to sing the Sammy Davis, Jr. classic, Yes, I Can for their Río Paralympics promotion, We're The Superhumans. The video and song became an international smash hit, with millions of views online.
Sheldon Riley was one of Australia's favourite contestants from The Voice 2018. Riley sang the Culture Club classic Do You Really Want To Hurt Me for his blind audition and had all four judges chairs turn around amidst an audience standing ovation. Under the guidance of Boy George he went on to capture public hearts and win third place.
Since appearing on The Voice, this gifted and unique young artist has become a rising star, performing at the Sydney Opera House in the George Michael tribute, Listen to Your Heart, at the Brisbane Pride Festival and national LGBTQI events.
Bridget O'Shannessy is set to be the new sweetheart of country music. She first sang on stage at just nine years old and has since performed at numerous high-profile events including the Tamworth Country Music Festival and at a showcase in Nashville, Tennessee, as a finalist in an international original song competition.
In 2018, channelling Queen of Country Pop Shania Twain, she released a new single, Some Other Girl. Endearing and engaging, it is no surprise that this young Queenslander is attracting the attention of industry world-wide.
Hailing from Brisbane, The Fergies was formed by the five Ferguson siblings: Kahlia, Daniel, Joel, Nathan, and Shani. Their special brand of gospel-soul inspired indie folk music has grown in popularity with original songs uploaded to YouTube gaining more than 1.3 million views, and performances at major Queensland events such as the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Their debut album, For Every Son and Daughter, was followed up this year by the release of The Peace Album.
Camerata – Queensland's Chamber Orchestra
Camerata – Queensland's Chamber Orchestra, has established itself as a chamber orchestra of national significance with an outstanding track record of artistic achievement. A Company-in-Residence at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Camerata's primary aim is to empower artists, inspire audiences, and enrich communities through music. Performing without a conductor, the core ensemble and their guest artists proudly take full ownership of the music-making in the spirit of chamber music to form a thriving, refreshing and acclaimed voice. Under Artistic Director Brendan Joyce, the group undertakes an annual regional Queensland tour and a subscription concert season in Brisbane and Toowoomba.
Voices of Birralee – Youth Choir
Brisbane's Voices of Birralee is one of Queensland's finest youth arts organisations, with the philosophy that singing is as important and natural for a child to do as walking. Birralee is a powerhouse of singing with approximately 350 members, aged five to 35 years. Voices of Birralee performs at a variety of civic, corporate and charity events and is currently fulfilling a five year commitment with the Department of Veterans' Affairs to provide choral services to First World War Centenary Commemorative Events on the Western Front.
Vocal Manoeuvres Academy Carols Choir and Alison Rogers – Vocal Director
The carols choir and backing vocalists feature singers from The Queensland Festival Chorus and Vocal Manoeuvres Academy. This collective consists of singers from all walks of life and facets of the community, devoting their passion, time and considerable talent to come together as an outstanding chorus and specialist vocal ensemble to perform at the Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols.
Alison has pioneered many innovative choral programs throughout Queensland and abroad. Recent career highlights include creative consultant to Creative Generation and choral director for Jocelyn Pook's work Memorial for the 2018 Brisbane Festival.
Children's Christmas Spectacular and Santa Parade
Children play an enormous part in how we celebrate the festive season and the tradition of Christmas. Recognising the talent of young people and the special place that Christmas has in the hearts of children, the Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols presents the Children's Christmas Spectacular and Santa Parade.
Queensland Ballet is a vibrant, creative company which connects people and dance across the state. We offer a program of world-class productions of the best classical ballets and inspired contemporary dance works, complemented by an active program of engagement with our communities. Our dancers are acclaimed for their technical excellence and versatility and the Company engages renowned choreographers and designers from around the world, while nurturing emerging local talent by presenting exciting new works. Queensland Ballet has become the central hub for dance in the state and also regularly tours to regional areas, interstate capitals and internationally.