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Knox Virtual Carols by Candlelight

Jonathon Welch AM

Multi award winning singer, conductor, teacher, composer, director and recording artist, Jonathon Welch is one of Australia’s most unique and diverse artists with a career spanning more than four decades.

Jonathon has performed around the World alongside many of the finest singers, directors and conductors including Baz Lurhmann, John Farnham, Jimmy Barnes, KD Lang, and Dame Joan Sutherland in some of the world’s great Concert Halls and Opera Houses including Carnegie Hall, New York, Royal Albert Hall, London and Sydney Opera House.

Jonathon’s work creating choirs for the homeless and disadvantaged in Australia was the subject of the internationally acclaimed ARIA, Logie and Helpmann award winning TV documentary ‘Choir of Hard Knocks’, also creating the ‘Jailbirds’ documentary in the Victorian Women’s Prisons in 2009, and was a Judge on the highly successful ‘Battle of the Choirs’ TV series for Channel 7.

Jonathon has been recognised for his outstanding commitment to the music industry, youth music education and his work with marginalised and homeless communities receiving the Victorian and Australian of the Year Local Hero 2008, ANZAC of the Year 2009, an Honorary Doctorate, an Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2009.

Imogen Spendlove

Imogen Spendlove is a Melbourne based vocalist, producer and songwriter. At 20 years old, she has been a part of the Australian performance scene for 15 years, being seen as a contestant on The Voice Kids and Young Talent Time, a principle vocalist on the Victorian State School Spectacular, and has had her own sold out one woman cabaret show as part of the Melbourne Cabaret Festival in 2016. Recently Imogen has been writing and producing Popular music whilst studying at the Melbourne University Conservatorium and looks forward to continuing her career as a vocalist and a songwriter, and to the upcoming Knox Carols.

Ricky Muscat

With over 15 years of experience in the music industry, Ricky made it to the Top 5 in Australian Idol 2006, with the love and support of the Australian public. He has since then gone on to perform in both the original and live cover bands, recently supporting Darryl Braithwaite, Marcia Hines, Ashanti, 112, Fat Joe and Maxi Priest. In 2018 Ricky won song of the year in the Ballad category for his original piece Why Can't you Love Me at the Australian Song Writing Awards! Ricky was also a finalist on The Voice in 2020!

James Cormack-Brown Knox Factor 2019 winner

James in an aspiring artist with a passion for music and performance. James started singing at the age of 8 and picked up guitar later in life at 16. He is now studying a degree in music performance at Box Hill Institute, where he will be singing as his main instrument and his guitar as a side instrument. Whether he is singing at a pub, bar or wedding, James always aims to bring his best performance. He is thrilled to be able to perform at the Knox Carols this year, and hopes you enjoy his performance of some classic Christmas Carols.

Royal Australian Navy Band

The Royal Australian Navy Band was established with the foundation of the Royal Australian Navy in 1913. The ensemble has approximately 35 professional full time musicians and several reserve musicians and are based at HMAS Cerberus, Westernport Victoria; the largest naval base in Australia. Naval musicians have been deployed to almost all Operations and Peace-keeping operations since 1913 and regularly undertake sea postings as musicians in support of ADF tasks.

The Royal Australian Navy Band performs at over 250 functions a year, and supports international and national events of importance, ceremonies, remembrance events, school and community events and public festivals. They also perform in their own right across Australia in concerts at concert venues and halls to a large and diverse audience. The band sustains three major ensembles; a parade band, a wind orchestra and The Admiral’s Own big band and smaller ensembles including a woodwind quintet and trio, a brass group, a jazz group, an pop/rock acoustic trio and a full rock band.

The Chime Choir

Chime Choir was founded in 1984 and has developed into an outstanding community choir, represented by the following values:

  • Excellence - a strong commitment to performance excellence
  • Professionalism - choir governance and artistic practice infused with professionalism and integrity
  • Community - a community in which each member is valued

The choir's diverse membership is united by the desire to sing choral music that speaks to the heart and mind, exploring the world - past, present, and emerging. We are committed to creating a community where people have the opportunity to sing music that challenges and delights, regularly performing at concerts and events and touring Australia and the world. Our most recent trips include singing at Carnegie Hall in New York, and at the Desert Song Festival in Alice Springs. Chime is committed to growing strong community links within the City of Knox.

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