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2011 Flood concert raised $11,800

Marrickville Town Hall
February 2011

Click on the image to view the souvenir program

The Queensland Flood Relief concert on 6 February 2011 raised $11,818.76 in support of flood victims. This was a great result that exceeded our $10,000 target thanks to the generous support of Sydney's inner west community.

The concert, conceived and organised by the Leichhardt Espresso Chorus, brought together many great musicians in the inner west with the support of two inner west councils, Marrickville and Leichhardt.

Click on the picture to see a full-screen copy of the receipt from the Premier of Queensland.

Joining forces with the LEC were Marrickville Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Brass, Sydney Chamber Choir, the MLC Chamber choir, soloists and over 100 choristers from all over Sydney. All of the musicians donated their time and energy free. The concert was supported by Marrickville Council, Leichhardt Municipal Council and the Italian Forum Cultural Centre. LEC would also like to thank Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar Marrickville and the Summer Hill Wine Shop for their support. The $11,818.76 proceeds were donated to the Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal.

You can hear the massed choir singing Morten Lauridsen's O Magnum Mysterium on LEC's Youtube channel.

Many of Sydney's leading musicians and conductors performed in this unique concert to celebrate the community spirit displayed by our Queensland cousins. The line up included:

  * Marrickville Symphony Orchestra led by conductor Brett Weymark
  * Sydney Brass ensemble featuring trumpeter Paul Goodchild
  * Sydney Chamber Choir led by Elizabeth Scott
  * MLC chamber choir
  * Leichhardt Espresso Chorus led by Artistic Director Michelle Leonard
  * Massed choir

The line up of soloists and musicians incuded:
   * Emma Mathews (soprano with Opera Australia)
   * Sally Whitwell (ARIA award winning pianist)
   * Nadia Piave (soprano)
   * Josie Ryan (soprano)
   * Richard Black (tenor with the Song Company)
   * Christina Leonard (soprano saxophone)
   * Kirsten Williams (Associate Concertmaster with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra)
   * Luke Byrne (piano)

The program was an exciting mix of the classic and the modern, from Benjamin Britten to Haydn and Australian composer Dan Walker.

Artistic Director: Michelle Leonard

Concert Project Manager: Mark Robinson