Redlands Sporting Club is once again hosting its annual vocal competition. This is our 15th year running the competition and we have seen some extremely incredible talent come through to compete. Some of the contestants, such as Mirusia, who will be running a Masterclass and judging some of the heats, has gone on to bigger and better things.
Celebrated as the ‘angel of Andre Rieu’, Mirusia is in full swing forging her own career as a solo artist. Her recent album “From the Heart” and tour of the same name has received outstanding reviews and has touched the hearts of many audiences. Mirusia studied opera at the Queensland Conservatorium in Australia and at the age of 21 was announced as the youngest ever recipient of the prestigious Dame Joan Sutherland Opera Award. After graduation, her career blossomed when she toured the world for ten years as a featured soloist with the Johann Strauss Orchestra, based in Maastrict, Netherlands, and led by the acclaimed violinist, Andre Rieu.
When not touring, Mirusia invests in the lives of other young, talented up and coming Australian singers; mentoring and producing recordings. She is also the International Ambassador for the Australian Children’s Music Foundation and a proud Ambassador for the Redland Foundation.
Previously the competition was only open to Redlands residents however this year we are opening it up Brisbane wide and placing a modest non-refundable entry fee of $5 per person to register which includes the masterclass with Mirusia. Finalists will have their songs recorded and live streamed on FaceBook as well as interviewed on BayFM Radio where their recorded song will be played. In addition there is a cash prize for the first and second winners.
The heats for the 2018 Vocal Contest will begin at 7pm and be held in the main lounge of the Redlands Sporting Club on the following dates for the individual categories:
- Juniors (age 12 yrs & under) will compete on 6 or 7 August
- Intermediates (age 13-16 yrs) will compete on 13 or 14 August
- Seniors (age 17 yrs & above) will compete on 20 or 21 August
Categories are determined by having turned that age by the first day of the specific heat. Entries are limited to 15 contestants per date.
If you are interested in participating in our vocal contest this year please return the entry form to Reception by Monday, 23 July (alternatively you can email the forms to email@example.com). Once receipt of the entry form is confirmed, ensure your registration is complete by contacting Reception on 3207 1133 with your credit card details for the entry fee to be processed.
Shortly after the closing date (23 July) you will be emailed with confirmation of your performance date, however if you have any questions at any time please do not hesitate to contact us on 3207 1133. Before registering it is important to ensure you are able to attend the semi-final and finals if successful in making it through from the heats. It is not fair to other contestants if you are successful in making it through the heats only to then not be available for the finals.
You will be singing one song only during the heats and there is no specific genre to sing. If you are singing to a backing track this must be emailed in a MP3 format to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than one week prior to your performance. Please bring the backing track on a CD or USB on the night as a spare just in case. If you are accompanying yourself with a guitar or keyboard please advise us when registering. You are responsible to bring the correct leads with you to plug into our system.
Our Club Steakhouse & Buffet World are open at 5:30pm should you wish to eat dinner prior to the start of the heats. The Club Coffee Shop is also available for light snacks; coffee, cake etc. so why not bring everyone to the Club to not only have a great meal but to be here to support the singers with an audience. Liquor licensing rules of entry into the Club apply therefore any contestant under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by a legal guardian and remain in their care at all times.
If you or your family are not already members of the Redlands Sporting Club, I would recommend joining and supporting our Club as we continue to support the community. You will be eligible to receive members’ discounts immediately for your meals. Please note, membership is only available for those over the age of 18.
I look forward to receiving your entry form and seeing you in the Club.
Please remember to keep a copy of the entry form so you have information such as what time the heats begin, dates, etc.