Seniors catch the festive spirit at annual concert
A CROWD of almost a thousand started their festive season celebrations by attending the 2014 Seniors' Christmas Concert at the George Hogg Auditorium at the Ipswich Civic Centre yesterday.
Held in two sessions, an audience of 500 attended the morning concert and about the same watched the afternoon show.
Among the special guest performers, former Cambrian Youth Choir member Blodwyn Whitehead travelled from the Gold Coast to accompany Christine Howden.
The entertainment for each show also included performances by the Ipswich RSL Youth Band, Christmas carols performed by the Seniors' Concert Carollers and special guest artists Christopher Steinmuller, the Young Orpheus Singers and the Alchemy Street Choir.
Council's Youth and Seniors Committee Chairwoman Sheila Ireland paid homage to the Ipswich RSL Youth Band's former conductor Bill Redpass who has returned to Scotland recently for his work with the band.
Music teacher Taletha Champs, who is to start at Laidley High School next year, took on the role of conductor yesterday.
Cr Ireland said the annual Seniors' Christmas event was eagerly looked forward to by many Ipswich seniors.
"This event provides an opportunity to recognise our seniors and to show our appreciation and acknowledgement of the important role they play in our community," she said.