Carols hit a high note with crowds
  • Tuesday 22 December 2009

Large crowds braved the overcast skies to attend the Christmas Carol events at Cotton Tree Park and Kings Beach over the weekend.

The free family events, presented by Sunshine Coast Council in partnership with Stockland, have become hits on the Coast’s festive season calendar and this year was no exception, according to Community Events and Celebrations Manager Michael Bloyce.

Mr Bloyce said 15,000 had ignored the threatening grey skies and taken the opportunity to spread out their picnic blanket and enjoy the free evening of outdoor entertainment.

“Christmas spirit was alive and well on the Sunshine Coast over the weekend,” Michael said.

“The carols continue to grow in popularity and council is pleased to offer this free family event each year in the lead up to Christmas.”

He said crowd numbers at the carols event at Cotton Tree Park on Saturday 19 December were up on last year’s figures, with over 7000 people attending. While rain threatened the event at Kings Beach on Sunday 20 December, this did not stop 8000 people packing into the amphitheatre to enjoy the entertainment.

“While there was a shower before the Kings Beach event, at no stage was the program interrupted by rain,” Mr Bloyce said.

And with two of the country’s leading classical soloists performing – soprano Liza Beamish and tenor John Peek – backed by the Coast’s own 30-piece Pacific Chamber Orchestra conducted by Barrie Gott, the crowds were not disappointed.

Amongst the big name performers, 12 year-old Bonnie Lawler from Buderim was a crowd favourite at both events, wowing audiences with her sensational solo numbers.