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Knox Carols by Candlelight

Saturday 7 December 2019
Wally Tew Reserve, Brenock Park Drive, Ferntree Gully

Family Activities from 4pm
Carols Pre-show, featuring Knox Factor Grand Final from 5:30pm
Main Carols by Candlelight Show from 8pm
Fireworks 10pm

Knox Carols by Candlelight is a free event that warmly welcomes everyone in our diverse community to come together to enjoy the spirit of Christmas and celebrate community life at its best.

Council proudly presents a wonderful range of entertainment from talented local acts to nationally acclaimed artists, musicians and dancers. Once again, we are proud to present the Knox Factor 2019 Grand finalists competing from 5:30pm.

The 2019 Carols program is artfully produced by our talented program director, Peter Grant, OAM and promises to delight audiences of all ages.

Program Features

Event Basics 4pm to 10:15pm

  • Chill out space
  • Delicious food trucks
  • First Aid tent
  • Event Access Key – accessibility planning ahead guide (coming soon)
  • Access to the Changing Places toilet facility
  • Auslan interpreters
  • Accessible Parking

Free Family Activities 4pm – 8pm

  • Kids Inflatable Fun Park
  • Christmas craft workshops
  • Active games and challenges

Pre-Show Entertainment 5:30pm to 7:30pm

  • Local dance groups and choirs
  • Knox Factor Grand Final competition
  • Children's Christmas Show

Main Carols Concert 8pm – 10pm

  • Address by Mayor of Knox
  • Welcome to Country with Wurundjeri Elder
  • Craig Irvine, Master of Ceremony (MC)
  • Karen Knowles, Vocal Soloist
  • Tenori (3 tenors)
  • Director of Music, Lieutenant Andrew Stokes leading The Royal Australian Navy Band - Melbourne
  • The Royal Australian Navy Band - Melbourne vocalists
  • Urban Praise Gospel Choir
  • Knox Factor 2018 winner, Renee Taggart
  • Children's Christmas segment and dancers

Fireworks Display from approximately 10:00pm to 10:10pm

Main Show Performers

Karen Knowles leaning against a tree

Karen Knowles

Karen's musical story began when she was eight years old when she auditioned as a contestant on Young Talent Time (YTT), an icon of Australian television. Karen performed with the show for 6 years cementing her position in the hearts and minds of Australians all over the country.

Ron Tudor, a judge on YTT, offered Karen a recording contract with Fable when Karen was 16. Her first single went gold making her the first Australian schoolgirl to receive a gold record. Her album You are the Reason achieved platinum status and Loves Us All the follow up album also went gold. In 1981 and 1982 Karen was the highest selling female recording artist in Australia. Karen has since performed in solo concerts around the country. In 1990 she was asked to join the legendary group The Seekers and toured with the group nationally and internationally. Karen's recording and performance career now spans 40 years.

This year Karen Knowles releases her new album Solid Ground (karenknowles.com.au/solidground). It features 11 new compositions dedicated to Mother Earth including 3 authorised sacred songs of the Wirradjirri people.

Karen brings her heart and creativity into everything she does as a singer/songwriter, performer, producer & Reconciliation Ambassador.

Image of Three Tenors from Tenori Show


Tenori employs the talents of three of Queensland’s powerhouse singers: David Kidd, Craig Atkinson and Andrew Pryor. With a combined sixty years international experience in the industry, these polished professionals know exactly how to put on a dynamic, uplifting and hugely entertaining show.

They bring their sense of fun and sophistication to classics from the worlds of Opera, Music Theatre, Jazz and everything in between. The three met while touring internationally with The Ten Tenors. After some time apart working with Opera Australia, Opera Queensland and many of the country’s finest orchestras, they are back together doing what they do best.

Individually, they have beautiful voices. Together they sing like the band of brothers they are, with the camaraderie and precision that more than a decade of harmonising together can bring.

Image of Urban Praise Choir for Carols by Candlelight 2018

Urban Praise

Urban Praise is a celebration of faith and diversity; this multicultural gospel choir presents the unique sound of modern urban gospel music. The choir brings together a talented group of singers and musicians from all over Melbourne and provides a hand clapping, joy-filled experience to those who hear them.

Over the last 12 years, under the leadership of Jerome and Jenny Phillips, the Urban Praise Ministry has grown and now consists of a committed Choir and a 12+ piece band from over 10 different cultures. Urban Praise has a large following from across Melbourne and is delighted to support the 2019 Knox Carols by Candlelight.

Image of Navy Band

Royal Australian Navy Band – Melbourne Detachment

The Royal Australian Navy Band Melbourne is based at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. It is one of two bands of professional full time musicians stationed at naval establishments. Another four bands consisting of reserve part-time musicians are located in Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia.

The Royal Australian Navy Band is one of Australia’s premier military ensembles. Its history can be linked to the various bands of the Colonial Naval Forces, which were in existence prior to Federation, and to the Commonwealth Naval Force which was established in 1901. Today, we continue a proud tradition of providing ceremonial, musical and public relations support for the Royal Australian Navy. To fulfil its mission, the band incorporates a fleet of ensembles. All members perform in the ceremonial ensemble and concert band. To ensure versatility, the band maintains other capabilities including big band, rock band, jazz and chamber ensembles.

Photos from Knox Carols by Candlelight 2018

Here is a collection of photos taken at the 2018 Knox Carols by Candlelight. Click a photo to view the full size photo.
Carols 2018 - Mayor KeoghCarols 2018 - Welcome to CountryCarols 2018 - Urban PraiseCarols 2018 - DancersCarols 2018 - FireworksCarols 2018 - CandlelightersCarols 2018 - Santa on Stage

Pictures from the event are over on our Facebook page.

Knox Carols by Candlelight is a drug, alcohol and smoke free event.

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