Noosa Chorale’s Tribute, Pure Gold

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As Tokyo prepares for the 2020 Summer Olympics, Noosa Chorale is preparing for an impressive performance of their own, honouring the spirit of the Olympics in a very unique way.

Since he first saw the Olympic Games in Melbourne, Dr Ian Jobling of Sunshine Beach has been fascinated by every aspect of the Olympic Games.

Not only has he travelled world-wide to watch the games, he is also Honorary Director of Olympic Studies at the University of Queensland; a founding member of the Australian Society of Sports History; a former board member of the International Society of Olympic Historians and now, Dr Jobling is bringing the Olympic spirit to Noosa.

Dr Jobling sings with the tenors in the Noosa Chorale and together, with a 35-piece orchestra, Noosa Chorale will perform an Australian-first: an entire concert dedicated to the soundtrack of the Olympic Games, Spirit of Olympia.

“Every Games has had opening and closing musical themes and songs featuring not only timeless music but world-famous singers, musicians and entertainers,” he said.

Spirit of Olympia will include Chariots of Fire (related to Paris 1924), The Hallelujah Chorus (Berlin 1936), Time to Say Goodbye (Jose Carreras and Sarah Brightman, Barcelona, 1992), and John Lennon’s Imagine (Stevie Wonder, London 1996).

According to Dr Jobling, the Spirit of Olympia performance will be “pure gold”.

“From my research, I believe the concert programme will be a first for Australia, if not the world,” he said.

Already, it has attracted the interest of President John Coates and the Australian Olympic Committee, which have endorsed the event, saying, ‘it will promote the spirit of the Games in a most unique way.’

Dr Jobling is excited the Tokyo Games will be held in July, making the Noosa Chorale performance perfectly timed to coincide with an Olympic year.

“We’ll have a 35-piece orchestra conducted by our music director, Adrian King, and we are fortunate to have star soloists, soprano Judith Molnar and tenor David Kidd,” he said.

You can indulge in a night of Olympic spirit on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 May at The J Noosa when Spirit of Olympia – Music of the Olympic Games will be held at 7pm and 2pm respectively. Tickets are on sale now from $39. Click here to book.

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Jolene has worked in the local media industry for more than five years. She is now a small business owner, mother to one sassy toddler and a newborn baby and loves to share stories about Noosa from its glorious food scene to the inspiring people.

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