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Knox Carols by Candlelight

Saturday 1 December 2018
Wally Tew Reserve, Brenock Park Drive, Ferntree Gully
Activities start from 4pm

Ms Murphy

This year we welcome to the Carols stage, headline artist Karen Andrews, aka Miss Murphy (Finalist - The Voice). Karen adopted the stage name Miss Murphy to help her overcome some of her early years performance anxieties. She has been charming and inspiring audiences with her R&B and soothing soul sounds ever since. Maintaining that feeling of soul, Miss Murphy will be joined by the uplifting gospel choir that is Urban Praise.

All artists performing at Carols this year will be supported by the incredible musicians from the Royal Australian Navy Band, Melbourne Attachment.

Carols celebrates International Day of People with Disability

Residents at Carols

Knox Carols by Candlelight is Knox City Council’s flagship Access and Inclusion event which celebrates the International Day of People with Disability.

The International Day of People with Disability recognises the achievements of people with disabilities, showcasing the skills, abilities, contributions and accomplishments of people with disabilities.



To celebrate this important day, we are very excited to announce a wide range of accessibility features including:

  • An Access Key - an accessibility experience guide developed for people living with disability or social anxiety - promotes authentic inclusion, provides prediction and awareness, reduces anxiety, includes sensory integration information and leads to increased participation. The 2018 Access Key will be available for download closer to the event.
  • A Chill Out Space - to assist individuals, carers and parents in preventing and to de-escalate challenging behaviours due to triggers such as noise, lights and crowds
  • The Marveloo - an accessible restroom that caters for people with a severe disability and their carers. Marveloo has an overhead ceiling hoist and an adult change table
  • Auslan interpreters on stage - for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking (entrance via Glenfern Road)
  • Braille versions of the Carols songbooks available (please request in advance or at the Event Control on the day)
  • Proflooring pathways for wheelchairs and prams
  • Accessible ramp onto the stage
  • Designated accessible seating areas - for those with mobility and/or vision impairments

The stars of the show in 2018

Karen Lee Andrews

Karen Lee Andrews (formerly known by her stage name Miss Murphy) came into the public’s awareness in 2013, through her soul slaying performances on TV’s hit show, The Voice Australia. Ms. Andrews has that rare gift to communicate the unspeakable. Cameron Adams, from the Herald Sun says, “Ms. Andrews has one of those authentic sounds you hear, even though the gloss of TV, you can tell she has lived and loved.” Her sensibility allows the audience to surrender to the music; the experience is mutually warm and commanding. Paul Sheehan from Sydney Morning Herald, “She is one of the most original and dignified talents to emerge in Australian popular entertainment in a long time. She manages to be both imperial yet vulnerable.”

In a church hall, Karen discovered the depths of her voice. As a young woman, she dedicated herself to gospel hymns and was called upon to lead the church band as music director. The duty was a natural fit: growing up around her mother’s large Polynesian family had instilled in her the role of music in bringing people together. The responsibility also became, in large part, Karen’s musical education. In charge of delivering a moving hymn from a group of players and singers with varied abilities, she herself needed to know the ins and outs of piano and guitar, leads and backing harmonies. Karen had to know how to get the best from every instrument, every singer. To do so, Ms Andrews called upon the music she loved as a young girl: Soul and Gospel. In the crowded Andrews family home in Koonawarra, a young Karen listened to her brother’s Motown records and to the satin voice of Stevie Wonder. Singing along to those golden hits, and to traditional Polynesian songs, was simply part of everyday family life.

The Royal Australian Navy Band

The Royal Australian Navy Band is one of Australia’s most prominent and respected military bands. For more than 100 years, musicians and leaders of the Royal Australian Navy Band have proudly taken the message and music of Australia to the world.

Find out more about the Royal Australian Navy Band

Volunteering at Carols

Volunteering is a great way to get involved with your local community, meet new people and learn new skills. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Carols by Candlelight, please contact the Festival and Events team on 03 9298 8000 or email volunteers@knox.vic.gov.au.

For more information about getting involved with other events, please visit our How to volunteer at Knox festivals and events page.

Pictures from the event are over on our Facebook page.

Knox Carols by Candlelight is a drug, alcohol and smoke free event. We ask that you leave your pets at home. An ATM is available on site.

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