New take on Christmas

WHEN Christmas approaches, the soundtracks usually accompanying the season are carols piped through the shopping centres; or perhaps a performance of the Messiah. A new Brisbane-based chamber ensemble is aiming to change the Christmas soundtrack this year.
“As professional classical musicians, we’ve all done our fair share of Messiahs, and carols as
well,” said group founder and violinist Helen Carvolth. “We decided to celebrate Advent, and the season of summer, with something different.”
Riverbend Ensemble will play works by Mozart and Vaughan Williams, as well as the famous
‘Summer’ concerto by Vivaldi, with the program also includes music inspired by carols.

Violinists Laura Thomson and Helen Carvolth, violist Raquel Bastos and cellist Alex McPherson will join multi-instrumentalist (theorbo, harp and viola) Shannon Luk at the Maleny Community Centre on Friday December 2 at 7pm.
Tickets are on sale now at and on the door. More information can
be found by contacting Riverbend Ensemble via email at