QPAC Choir

Are you ready to make music?

Something magical happens when a group of individuals sing together, making music so much greater than the sum of its parts. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this unique experience.

The QPAC Choir is a contemporary community choir for adults aged 18 years and over. Rehearsing Monday nights, the QPAC Choir provides access to imaginative repertoires, challenging skill development, social opportunities and public performance.

The choir is managed as part of QPAC’s artistic program. Our Chorusmaster, Timothy Sherlock, leads the choir and choir members also work with other professional conductors and musicians from time to time.

The QPAC Choir’s annual performance schedule includes the Spirit of Christmas concerts with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Throughout the year, the choir presents a range of exhilarating performances and collaborations in an ever-expanding range of styles and genres from choral masterworks, to pop and jazz standards; from Broadway showtunes to contemporary Australian choral compositions.

In a few short years, the choir has performed at a wide range of events including:

  • Queensland Music Festival’s Presidentsland
  • Best of British and Celtic Celebration with the Queensland Pops Orchestra
  • The Lockyer Valley – Remembers & Reflects community event
  • Works in Progress events in the Concert Hall
  • Clancestry Festival at QPAC
  • Brisbane G20 Cultural Celebrations Opening Ceremony
  • QPAC’s Out of the Box Festival
  • Brisbane Sings
  • Brisbane Open House at QPAC
  • American Ballet Theatre season launch
  • QPAC Welcome Reception to the Italian Ambassador to Australia
  • Exile (Songs and Tales of Irish Australia), featuring Shane Howard (Goanna) and Paul Kelly
  • The Tallis Scholars 2016 Australian Tour – Brisbane performance – Spem in alium
  • Lend Lease Carols In The Parklands – Springfield Lakes and Yarrabilba

In 2014, the QPAC Choir was invited to record a rendition of Hana Wa Saku (Flowers will Bloom), a charity song produced by Japan national TV broadcaster NHK, as part of the NHK Great East Japan Earthquake Project to build support for recovery efforts following the tragic destruction and loss in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake in north-eastern Japan. The recording was posted on the campaign website and used in NHK television programs, along with recordings of the song by other choirs from around the world.

The QPAC Choir has also recorded two CDs, Spirit of Christmas (2013) and Nightsongs (2016).

The annual QPAC Choir Choral Showcase is a major project for the choir and previous showcases have included:

2012: Pure Imagination – inspirational music from sacred, pop and film genres, including Mozart, Delibes and The Beatles
2013: True Colours – featuring music by Rutter, Kodály, Poulenc and pop hits by The Mamas and the Papas and Cyndi Lauper
2014: Watch What Happens! – a kaleidoscope of musical gems spanning folk, classical and film music including repertoire by Vivaldi, Bartok, Mancini and Legrand.
2015: 30 Years of Musicals – celebrating music from the many musicals staged at QPAC over 3 years: including Jersey Boys, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Chicago, Mamma Mia! and Les Miserables
2016: A Motown and Soul Celebration – featuring hits from the Motown, soul and disco catalogue
2017: This year’s showcase featured hit music made famous by Sweden’s iconic supergroup, ABBA!

Auditions for the QPAC Choir are held annually in a friendly, supportive environment. Music reading skills and/or singing experience is considered an advantage, however members of various abilities do participate and are encouraged to continue their choral and musical learning throughout the year. To find out more or if you would like to register for an audition, please contact choir@qpac.com.au

The QPAC Choir 2020 schedule (subject to change) can be found here.

For all other queries relating to the QPAC Choir, please get in touch via choir@qpac.com.au


Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners

We pay our respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestors of this land, their spirits and their legacy. The foundations laid by these ancestors - our First Nations Peoples - gives strength, inspiration and courage to current and future generations, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, towards creating a better Queensland. Queensland Government’s RAP Acknowledgment of Country