Twenty good reasons to head to Christmas by Starlight


The line-up of talent for this year’s Christmas by Starlight has been released, with Christine Anu and Thirsty Merc amongst those joining talented local performers to belt out tunes at the free concert at Sirromet Winery on Sunday 18 December.

Christine Anu

Christine Anu

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the star-studded modern line-up, mixed with the traditional carols, would ensure a great night for all ages.

“The calibre of talent we have for this year’s locally-produced free concert will make it one of our best yet, from ‘Twenty Good Reasons’ and ‘Summertime’ hit-makers Thirsty Merc, to multi-Aria award winning urban pop artist and national favourite Christine Anu,” Cr Williams said.

Thirsty Merc

Thirsty Merc

“They are joined by some of Australia’s other finest voices including top musical theatre star Amanda Harrison of Les Miserables and Wicked fame, jazz vocalist Emma Pask, The Voice Australia’s finalist Ellen Reed, opera singer Billy Bourchier, orchestrator and singer Craig Allister Young, souls and blues singer Angela Fabian, The Voice Kids 2014 winner Redlands’ own Alexa Curtis and young Redlands soprano Leah Lever.

“Latin American band Chukale will get everyone on their feet, and bringing it all together is internationally-renowned musical director, pianist and composer John Foreman, known for his work on the Sydney 2000 Opening ceremony, Australian Idol and many other major events.”

Cr Williams said the concert, which last year saw 10,000 people enjoy the festivities, would also feature well-known and emerging local talents.

“Local stars Alexa and Leah will be joined by other Redlands performers including Quandamooka Dancers, Jeremy Saywell, The Queensland Festival Chorus, Vocal Manoeuvres Children’s Chorus and vocalists, Redland City Choir as well as Redland Dance and Strictly Dance, with more still to be confirmed.

Alexa Curtis

Alexa Curtis

“So mark Christmas by Starlight down as a family must-do – come along, spread out a picnic blanket, enjoy the great food and drink stalls and kid’s activities and listen to all of your Christmas favourites.”

Christmas by Starlight gates will open from 3pm on Sunday 18 December at Sirromet Winery, with the concert commencing from 6pm and ending with a fireworks spectacular at about 8:15pm.

Entry is free. People will have the opportunity to make a gold coin donation to support programs combatting domestic and family violence if they wish to do so.

Ample parking is available however people will be able to leave the car at home and catch one of the free buses leaving from key points around the City. A courtesy ferry service will also be available to North Stradbroke Island from Cleveland after the concert thanks to Stradbroke Ferries. Timetables will be announced in the near future.

Check Council’s website for updates on Christmas by Starlight including the line-up, what to bring and details on free transport options.

Christmas by Starlight is proudly supported by event partners Sirromet Winery and Vocal Manoeuvres Academy and sponsors Viking Rentals, Energex, Fairfax Media, Alex Gow Funeral Directors, Shoreline Redlands Pty Ltd, Gadens, J.J. Richards, Mr Fireworks and Stradbroke Ferries.

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  1. Amy Glade

    Re Horizon Foundation w space for various forms of learning. Recall when Indigiscapes Café opened w then Cr Debra Henry & daughter working together to provide meals for us locals in a green, open, native environment. What I’m reading here sounds wonderful…for locals & tourists alike in a native, bushland setting for people of all ages.
    Said it before & say it again…since Cr Murray Elliott speaks of his involvement in getting Horizon Foundation established by Indigiscapes, that perhaps he can influence Mayor Karen Williams (who, along with then MP Michael Choi, parachuted into MP’s position in Capalaba)…will return Winter Memorial Park, Mt Cotton Rd across from Rhodes apts…back to the local community, for their use that has been off limits for too many long years. This entails moving the caravan/demountable to new location on land by Horizon Foundation for continued use by various people. I personally knew residents behind the fence who valued this small park, all retired elderly folk, when middle of one night, a caravan RSL were about to dump was instead dumped onto this park…devastating locals where WWII veteran Keith Bruce planted trees for wife Betty, KAG helped me plant trees, I worked with parks people to install seating+shade over play area. Boystown told resident Gladys, ret. teacher, they no longer need facility, but Cr Gleeson refused contact with Gladys, well paid public servant, being an issue he finds unpalatable. Gladys wishes that Bill Benson, head of Seniors at the time, had dumped the caravan, leaving park, rightly, for sole use of the local community. These homes on the park have a scrap of a backyard, with elderly having been over the years, subjected to vandalism etc. and deserve to have their neighbourhood park returned for their use. It’s the right thing to do.

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