Neil Atkinson, a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music,
directed the choir into a disciplined choral group of a high standard.
Concerts included a variety of musical genre eg Handel’s “The
Messiah”, Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Trial by Jury” and “The Mikado”. The
choir performed in a combined concert in the QPAC Concert Hall with
international singing star, Ludy. As well as concerts, the choir
performed in eisteddfodau and won the title of B Grade Champion Choir
at the All-of-Queensland Eisteddfod in Mackay in 1988.
Edgars Kariks, an accomplished concert flautist, had a considerable
musical pedigree that leaned mainly towards orchestral music. He led
the choir into the realm of opera and operetta. One memorable concert
in Brisbane City Hall with the Concert Society Orchestra featured well-
known musical identities Paul Neal and Sally Robertson. He also
directed three performances of Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the
Barry Montague. A choir member at the time of Edgars’ departure,
Barry led the choir for almost a year while efforts were made to find
another musical director. A feature of his time at the helm were
performances of CV Stanford’s “Revenge” (one of which was recorded by
4MBS FM for their archives) and a combined concert with Antoni
Bonetti and the Sinfonia.
Spencer Faulkner, Professor of Music at QUT, Carseldine, had (and
still has) a long history of involvement in choral singing going back to
1960. Although specializing in early music, Spencer introduced the
choir to more modern choral arrangements. Major works performed
under his direction and accompanied by a professional orchestra and
soloists included those by Mozart, Faure, Vivaldi, Rutter, Durufle and
Gounod. Due to time, monetary and other constraints interest in
eisteddfod performances waned however, in 1994 Redcliffe City Choir
was selected as the host for the 102nd Queensland Eisteddford. This
won the award of Community Event of the Year in Redcliffe.
Jan Politowski, of Polish heritage, led us in our entry to the Gold
Coast City Choir’s ‘Winter in Paradise’ Choral Festival, where we
presented our own items and joined in massed choir presentations.
Some memorable performances led by Jan were Faure’s Requiem in D
Minor and PDQ Bach’s Horrortorio.
Natasha Kalous: In 1999, after acting as the choir’s accompanist the
previous year, Natasha became the Musical Director. Natasha, a
graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and a
professional oboist, encouraged the choir to perform quality repertoire.
Performances during the next eight years included Schubert’s Mass in
G Major and Mass in A Flat, Zelenka’s Mass in D (a Queensland
premiere event), JS Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Magnificat, Haydn’s
Harmoniemesse and Te Deum, Mozart’s Missa Brevis, Puccini’s
Messe di Gloria, Handel’s The Messiah and The Ways of Zion,
Vivaldi’s Gloria, Opera/Operetta choruses and arrangements of light
musical medleys. Many of these performances were accompanied by
soloists and orchestras also directed by Natasha.
The musical partnership between Natasha, accompanist Greg Hartay-
Szabo and members of the choir brought much satisfaction and delight
to many. Both resigned at the end of 2009 to pursue the increasing
demands of their own musical careers.
Emi Scott: Emi Scott, a versatile multi-instrumentalist who has
performed and taught in the areas of percussion, piano and voice,
accepted the position of Musical Director in 2009. At the age of 15, Emi
entered the Queensland Conservatorium of Music as part of their
GUEST Program while completing Years 11 & 12 at Brisbane State High
School. She graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor Degree in Percussion
Emi believes that everyone can enrich their life through the enjoyment
of, and participation in, music. She encouraged and challenged choir
members to “step out of their comfort zones” and introduced
choreography and staging to the light concert performances