TCS Contemporary Choral has been performing at Eisteddfodau, concerts and corporate engagements since its formation in 1999. Under the direction of conductor Nerida Eckert, this dynamic choir performs wide ranging repertoire from jazz standards, musical theatre and pop to more challenging classical and contemporary works.
Over recent years, TCS Contemporary Choral has been invited to sing with the Queensland Pops Orchestra in their annual Best of British and Celtic Spectacular performances at the QPAC Concert Hall and the Empire Theatre.
Each rehearsal offers opportunities to learn new material and improve individual and choral techniques. We also attempt a little ‘choralography’ from time to time!
While providing high quality performances is Contemporary’s main focus, there is always time for a bit of fun! Themed trivia nights for fundraising, annual attendance at the Christmas Wonderland of Lights and regular post-rehearsal coffee and chat are all activities open to members of Contemporary Choral. New members are always welcome and you can come along to two rehearsals before deciding whether to join.
TCS Contemporary Choral meet at Choral Hall on Friday evenings (except for school holidays) from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. During the major production weeks (June to September) rehearsal start at 6:30pm for one hour.
Conductor Nerida Eckert
Nerida is the Director of Performing Arts at The Toowoomba Anglican College and Preparatory School, where she conducts many choirs and ensembles and teaches woodwind and brass instruments. She has her Licentiate in Music (L.MusA) from the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) and B.Mus (Hons) and PGDipEd from The University of Queensland. Nerida has also been involved with more than 40 musicals over the past 20 years and has played and sung in a large variety of professional and amateur ensembles.
Accompanist Anne Gralow
Anne is a sought after accompanist who has played for Contemporary Choral for a number of years. She has been the recipient of the Adjudicator’s Accompanist award at the annual Queensland Eisteddfod on many occasions and teaches piano both privately and in schools. She has also been involved with numerous music theatre productions both on stage and in the pit, including Les Miserables, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Miss Saigon.