Samantha Jade

Samantha Jade

Samantha Jade will be making her third appearance at QBE Insurance Carols by Candlelight since her first show in 2015. Since taking out the 2012 X Factor Australia win, Australia's sweetheart Samantha Jade has gone on to amass a collective 81 million streams, released a single with Pitbull ('Shake That'), starred as Kylie Minogue in the Network Seven TV Miniseries 'The INXS Story' for which she was nominated for a LOGIE Award, and released her debut album NINE.  Having recently returned back to Australia, Samantha Jade recently released her spectacular 3rd studio album 'Best of My Love', a shimmering homage to the disco era, topping the ARIA charts in April and has just completed her ‘Best of My Love - Live’ national tour to sold-out audiences. Samantha’s Christmas album is out November 2, 2018. 
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Taylor Henderson

Taylor Henderson

We are excited to welcome Taylor back to Elder Park for his 3rd QBE Insurance Carols by Candlelight! On August 31st 2018 Taylor released his first single for 2018 on the back of his national tour of the same name "Love Somebody" Via SCM Records Australia. Taylor expands his musical scope while maintaining his hooks and trademark vocals which have been the driving force of his popularity. Moving on from the success of 5 years earlier with his multi-platinum selling self-titled album that included the massive hit "Borrow My Heart". Followed by Taylor’s second album Burnt Letters that included the Top 5 Hit "When You Were Mine".  The DNA of Taylor remains the same however there is a new found honesty to his art that has taken him away from the spotlight while forging a new era in Taylor's career.  Taylor is now on the summer leg of his National tour. Taylor is bringing himself back into the public eye with a focus on mixing his storytelling craft with beautiful acoustic renditions of his songs to the stage.  Love Somebody is  available on all streaming and retail outlets online . Tickets are on sale now for the tour.
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Travis Collins

Travis Collins

Golden Guitar winner and back to back CMC Male Artist of the Year winner Travis Collins will be joining us at Elder Park for the first time in 2018! A dynamic guitarist, vocalist and live performer, Travis Collins continues to excite as a songwriter with Brave & The Broken. Armed with new songs for the album, Travis returned to Nashville in January this year for a whirlwind recording session with producer of the moment, Luke Wooten (Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley) and a studio band including Mike Rojas (Luke Bryan) on keys, acoustic guitarist Carl Miner (Taylor Swift) and bassist Jimmy Carter (Alan Jackson). Every track on the album was either written or co-written by Travis himself, with him joined in the writing room by some of Nashville’s foremost composers such as Jason Duke (Keith Urban) and Dave Turnbull (Luke Bryan).  With a growing string of hit albums, #1 songs, awards and a decade of winning fans all across the country under his belt, Travis Collins continues to cement his footprint as a mainstay on the Australian music landscape. He is as well-known for his masterful guitar playing and powerhouse vocals as he is for his depth of song-writing and high energy live performances.  Travis is a multiple CMAA and CMC Award winner and RUOK? Ambassador.
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Aladdin The Musical

Aladdin The Musical

Disney Theatrical Productions hit Broadway musical Aladdin will come to the Adelaide Festival Theatre in April 2019. This is the first time a main stage Disney Theatrical production has ever been presented in South Australia.Based on the Academy Award-winning animated film, Aladdin made its world premiere to critical acclaim at Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre on March 20th, 2014. It quickly established itself as one of the biggest new blockbusters in recent years, breaking 14 New Amsterdam Theatre house records and welcoming over six million people worldwide. Its global footprint has expanded to include productions in Tokyo, Hamburg, London and a tour across North America.The Australian production boasts a cast of 34 and a staggering 337 glittering costumes, which feature 1,255 different fabrics, 712 different styles of beads and almost 500,000 Swarovski crystals. Forty tonnes of exotic flying scenery and 60 tonnes of automation and staging will be transferred to Adelaide in no fewer than twenty six 48 foot trucks to recreate the fantasy city of Agrabah including the colourful marketplace, the lush palace of the Sultan and his princess daughter Jasmine and the legendary Cave of Wonders.The Australian principal cast features Graeme Isaako as Aladdin and Shubshri Kandiah as Jasmine, who will both be joining us at Elder Park this year.
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Girl Nation

Girl Nation

Adelaide based teenage R&B and Pop recording group – Girl Nation - will be joining us this year for the first time at QBE Insurance Carols by Candlelight! Fresh from sell out concerts at this year's Adelaide Fringe Festival + recently appearing at the Royal Adelaide Show on the Golden North Stage, this 6-piece girl singing sensation features some of Adelaide's most outstanding vocalists.  Meet Taylah (15), Isla (14), Mateja (13), Alessia (14), Emma (15), Rylee (15) - six of the most powerful teen artists you have seen. And its not just their voices we are talking about, they have WOW’d audiences all over SA with their energetic moves to match.  Girl Nation was formulated in 2017, by performing arts director - Pep Rigano from the Australian Company of Performing Arts. His vision: ‘to encourage young girls to be confident in their own skin through music’. And these girls certainly do that. Described as ‘a powerhouse of harmonies‘ the group have been performing covers of your favourite charting pop artists such as Jessica Mauboy, Ariana Grande and Little Mix to name a few; whilst currently preparing for a single release for early next year. 
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Big T

Big T

From the moment 25-year-old Big T stepped onto The X-Factor stage, Australia embraced the loveable singer. From his homeland in New Zealand, to the mines of Western Australia, to the big screen, Big T's rise to stardom has been well fought and deserved. His appearance on The X Factor in 2015 catapulted him into Australia's living rooms and after winning the hearts of the nation with his incredible voice and infectious personality, he went on to place 4th overall in the series. His ability to move between genres in music made Big T the one to watch on the television and his live show has won him a legion of fans. The journey for Big T post X Factor has been truly remarkable, and many opportunities have followed the talented performer all across Australia, and internationally. In addition to his growing list of performance credits, Big T also lends his name to support a number of worthy causes and organisations. He is proud ambassador for Men’s fashion retailer Johnny Bigg featuring in their seasonal campaigns, and in 2017 he became ambassador for suicide prevention Charity RUOK and continues to use his profile to be part of campaigns close to his heart.
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Isaiah Firebrace

Isaiah Firebrace

In the past two years, the talented teen has transformed from a small town singer with big dreams, to one of Australia’s most successful artists. Along the way he’s won The X Factor, was signed to Sony Music, released a debut single that charted all over the world notching up over 140 million international streams, he supported the incredible Jessica Mauboy on her Australian tour and represented Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finishing in the top 10 and was viewed by over 250 Million People. All that at just 17 years of age. 
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Paulini

Paulini

With her incredible voice, stunning looks and engaging personality, Paulini is one of Australia’s most uniquely talented performers. The Fijian-born singer songwriter first enthralled the nation on the inaugural series of ‘Australian Idol’. Audiences instantly fell in love with Paulini’s impressive five octave range – a voice still unrivalled, and like no other in this country. Since then Paulini has forged a hugely successful career. Originally hailing from humble roots, her rise to the top has been nothing short of inspiring. Her debut album ‘One Determined Heart’ and smash single ‘Angel Eyes’ achieved double platinum status, both hitting the #1 spot. She is still one of only 10 Australian female solo artists to have a #1 album on the Australian ARIA Charts. Most recently, Paulini was announced to play the lead role of Rachel Marron in the international award-winning musical The Bodyguard throughout Australia. The shows commenced at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in April 2017 and will be touring all metro cities around the country until February 2018. Now back in Australia, looking and sounding more incredible than ever, Paulini is excited to be embarking on her theatrical debut and sharing her voice yet again with her fans and new audiences here in Australia and internationally. 
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Amber Lawrence

Amber Lawrence

Capturing the nation’s attention and heart with her songs about Australia, we are looking forward to see what Amber’s personal touch will be at QBE Insurance Carols by Candlelight in 2018. A former Qantas Airways employee, and Chartered Accountant, Amber risked it all in 2008 to pursue a career in music. The risk has certainly paid off with Amber’s career riding high, most recently taking home 3 x CMAA Golden Guitar Awards in January 2018 for ‘Single of the Year’, ‘APRA AMCOS Song of the Year’ and ‘Vocal Collaboration of the Year’ for the song ‘Our Backyard’ with Travis Collins which they released in 2017.  Amber was also nominated for 5 Country Music Channel (CMC) Awards held in Queensland on 15 March 2018.  This follows on from Amber’s 2015 CMAA Golden Guitar and CMC ‘Female Artist of the Year’ awards. In 2017 Amber was asked to write the song ‘100 Year Handshake’ by the American Australian Association and the honorable Joe Hockey (Australian US Ambassador) to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea.  Amber performed the anthemic song in New York in front of dignitaries and celebrities including President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Ambassador Joe Hockey, John Travolta and hundreds more.  Never one to sit idle, 2017 saw Amber tour the country with Catherine Britt and Fanny Lumsden on their ‘Love N Lies’ tour and with Travis Collins on their ‘Our Backyard’ tour which continues in 2018.  On top of this Amber released her second children’s album ‘Aussie Aussie Christmas’ which hit Top 5 on the iTunes chart and a performance at the Channel 7 Adelaide Carols.
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Young Adelaide Voices

Young Adelaide Voices

Young Adelaide Voices is a unique South Australian Choir School, catering for young people aged 5 – 35. There are six major choirs in YAV and the youth choir Young Adelaide Voices is our flagship performing choir. This community based, not-for-profit organisation provides a well-rounded choral education, teaching excellence in singing, performing and musicianship within a friendly and positive environment.  YAV Choristers grow in skill and maturity as they progress through the choirs and they develop in music, confidence and teamwork and the bonds of music and friendship reverberate throughout their lives. In Adelaide, Young Adelaide Voices has performed and collaborated with the Adelaide International Festival of Arts and the International Fringe Festival, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the State Opera of South Australia, where they have sung in orchestral classics, opera, music theatre and film.  A highlight was their role as the Children’s Chorus in Britten’s War Requiem with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and members of YAV sang with The Rolling Stones at the Adelaide Oval.  YAV has become an internationally renowned organisation, having made nine overseas tours to Canada, Europe, UK, America, China, Hong Kong and Japan.  In 2016 YAV toured to Europe, participating in youth music festivals in Salzburg, Bratislava and Verona.  It was in Bratislava that they won three gold medals and Artistic Director Christie Anderson won a special award for Best Conductor of the Festival.  The choir has previously represented Australia in the 2005 World Festival of Children’s Choirs and at the European Youth Choral Festival in Neerpelt, Belgium where they have twice won First Prize With Honours, the 2012 World Choir Games in Cincinnati and the 9th International Golden Gate Youth Choir Festival in San Francisco, where they won three First Prizes. In 2017 YAV have been involved in many projects, including a recording for ABC Classics with the ASO and doing the film music for Slingsby Theatre Company’s silent movie of Emile and the Detectives, with music composed for YAV by Quincy Grant.  YAV is proud to always be involved in iconic Adelaide Community events, such as Carols by Candlelight, Lord Mayor’s Christmas Gala and Credit Union Christmas Pageant.  YAV has a composer in residence program and fully supports the composition of new Australian choral works for youth choirs of all ages.  In 2018 Young Adelaide Voices celebrates its 30th anniversary and the choir are excited to once again host the WATU Adelaide Youth Choir Festival.
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Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus

Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus

The Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus came into being in 1997 following a name change from The Adelaide Chorus.  The Adelaide Chorus was formed in 1980 after two prominent Adelaide choirs, the Adelaide Choral Society and the Adelaide Philharmonic Choir disbanded in 1979. The choir is committed to performing large scale choral works, singing a wide range of music from classical to contemporary works. Additionally, the choir promotes local talent by supporting new and established artists to perform as accompanists or soloists in its concerts In December 2015, the choir was joined by soprano Greta Bradman for a performance of Handel’s Messiah in a sold out performance at St Peter’s Cathedral. Other established and emerging soloists who have performed with the choir include Robert Macfarlane (tenor), Joshua van Konkelenberg (organ), Louisa Perfect (soprano), Guila Tiver (mezzo soprano), Emma Borgas (soprano), Bethany Ide (mezzo soprano), Andrew Linn (tenor), Blake Parham (bass), Branko Lovrinov (tenor) and Lachlan Scott (bass). With over 60 members, the choir performs three or four music events of its own each year, and receives contract employment with other performing organisations and festivals. It has collaborated with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Adelaide Art Orchestra, the Band of the South Australian Police, the SA Army Band, the State Opera of South Australia, and the Australian Youth Orchestra. In January 2013 a group of 37 choristers travelled to New York to sing Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace in Carnegie Hall, as part of a massed choir of 180. The choir has also collaborated with Ino Mixed Chorus from Kochi, Japan to perform a Friendship Concert in Adelaide in 2011 and a reciprocal concert in Kochi in 2014. In 2015 members of the choir travelled to Hobart for the annual Festival of Voices where they performed as an ensemble group, joined a massed choir of voices to sing in the Festival finale concert and participated in the Festival fire ceremony with German a cappella metal band Van Canto. Other highlights have included Orff's Carmina Burana and Faure Requiem with the Australian Ballet, the world premiere of Ross Edwards' Symphony No.4 "Star Chant" (released on CD by ABC Classics, and winning an award in 2007), Messiah  and Coronation Anthems with Handel specialist Graham Abbott, and several performances with legendary Australian actor and singer, the late Keith Michell.   The Chorus also featured in the first three award winning Music on the Murray events at Waikerie.  The current Music Director, Aldis Sils, has led the choir since 2007. His performances with the Chorus include the Rutter Requiem, Orff's Carmina Burana, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelleand Australian Premieres of Karl Jenkins' Stella Natalis and James Mulholland's Missa Romantica. On April 24, 2013 Aldis conducted the choir and a 40 piece orchestra in an Adelaide performance of Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace to a standing ovation.
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Graeme Press

Graeme Press

Internationally known conductor, arranger, orchestrator and pianist, Graeme returns to QBE Carols by Candlelight for the third year as Music Director.  Graeme is arguably best known as the Music Director for “Woolworth’s Carols In The Domain”. He has held that position since 2009 following seven years as the choral director for this same event. Some of the artists he has worked with include: Josh Groban, Engelbert Humperdinck, Katherine Jenkins, Leo Sayer, Jessica Mauboy, Kate Ceberano, Doug Parkinson, Lee Kernaghan, Troy Cassar-Daly, Dami Im plus more.  He has performed in a number of sell-out tours with THE SEEKERS as the Music Director, keyboardist and arranger for their 50th Golden celebration tours in Australia, UK and NZ. Graeme is also the MD for Andre Rieu's Australian soprano MIRUSIA, when she travels on her popular solo tours,and has recently concluded four European Tours and an extended Australian tour in 2017, producing and arranging many 'live' CDs, two exquisite live DVDs, and two studio recordings.  With a Music Education background Graeme was the Head of Music at a private Secondary college for 13 years.  During this time he was, and continues to be, in great demand as a conductor, composer, arranger and clinician. He has over 50 choral works and instrumental arrangements published in USA, UK and in Australia.  “Graeme's reputation as a director, arranger and visionary extends across the globe, leading to many invitations to lead vocal and instrumental workshops or concerts or both.” He resides in Sydney and If you ever have the opportunity to meet and talk with Graeme, the first thing you will notice is that he is a charming, warm, friendly and, above all, a most humble man.
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