ABOUT THE CHOIR
The Townsville Choral Society Choir began in 1906 and has been the prominent choir in the Townsville region since then. Our choir has sung at civic ceremonies and events such as ANZAC Day, Carols by Candlelight and community festivals.
Choir is currently on break and will resume on Tuesday 31st January 2023
2023 North Queensland Eisteddfod
Each year the Townsville Choral Society Choir enters the North Queensland Eisteddfod which is held over the Easter long weekend (7th-9th April 2023). In 2023 the Townsville Choral Society Choir will travel to Cairns to defend our Aggregate and Championship titles from 2022. Over the Eisteddfod our Choir will sing two Sacreds, two Chiefs, an Oratorio, a Ladies and Mens Chorus, an Australia, a Modern and a Novelty.
Townsville Choral Society will organise bus transportation to and from Cairns departing Thursday 6th April (evening) and returning Easter Monday. The Choir will all stay together in one place, with a choice of rooms available. Estimated costs to attend the eisteddfod will be between $250 - $300 per person, which includes bus, accommodation, competitor's ticket and some meals. Fundraise will also occur during this period to help bring down the cost to our members. All choristers must also hold a 2023 Townsville Choral Society financial member, which can be purchased from our shop or at rehearsals.
Full choir: Tuesday evenings 7pm - 9:30pm, beginning 31st January.
Full choir: Sunday afternoons 1pm - 4pm, beginning 12th February.
Ensemble rehearsals: Friday evenings 7pm - 9pm, beginning 17th February.
Note: Joining an Ensemble is not compulsory and while we understand that choristers will have absences, we hope for as many attendances as possible.
To express your interest in attending the 2023 Eisteddfod, please click below to complete our Form.
Our Musical Directors
Rachel Cairns has firmly established herself in the Townsville community as a dominant force in musical theatre and choral work. She has been an active member of TCS since 1993. Rachel has performed leading roles in musicals for TCS, including Les Miserables, Chess, Annie, The King and I, All Shook Up, Mary Poppins and many more. She won a Townsville Civic Theatre Arts and Entertainment award in 2006 for her magnificent portrayal of Mama Rose in Gypsy.
Rachel studied a Bachelor of Music at UQ, and won the prestigious Margaret Nickson prize in her fourth year. She is also an Associate of Trinity College, London, graduating with Distinction and winning the prize for the highest mark in QLD. Rachel spent 2012 living abroad, studying vocal pedagogy and choral conducting in Portugal, France and the UK.
Rachel has been the rehearsal director for many Spirit of the Voice and Barrier Reef Orchestra collaborations, including Mozart’s Requiem, Bach n’ Beatles, and the sellout performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in 2011. This won Event of the Year at the subsequent Art Awards. Rachel also works at the Townsville Grammar School as a Vocal and Choral Tutor.
Rachel has won the North Queensland Eisteddford award for most proficient conductor in 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Deputy Musical Director
Claire is Townsville Choral Society's Deputy Musical Director and has been a TCS committee member for the last ten years. She is also the President of the North Queensland Eisteddfod Association.
Claire has performed in several Townsville Choral Society productions, including Legally Blonde and Wicked; however, she is most known for her outstanding performance of Maria in The Sound of Music. You may have seen Claire performing around Townsville as one third of The Bombshell Belles, as part of Townsville's Carols by Candlelight, and as a soloist in concerts with Barrier Reef Orchestra.
Over the last seven years, Claire has vocally directed Townsville Choral Society's highly successful productions of Annie, Grease, We Will Rock You, Les Miserables, Heathers, Mamma Mia! and and our current production, The Little Mermaid.
Away from TCS, Claire teaches at Southern Cross Catholic College and directs the school's developing vocal program, and is passionate about providing students with opportunities to showcase their musicality and performance skill.
Claire won the North Queensland Eisteddfod's award for most proficient conductor in 2022.
2022 NORTH QUEENSLAND EISTEDDFOD - CHAMPIONSHIP AND AGGREGATE WINNERS
Our Choir was awarded both the Championship and Aggregate Trophies at the 2022 North Queensland Eisteddfod held in Townsville. Championship is awarded for highest marks in all pieces and Aggregate for the set pieces.
CHAMPIONSHIP AND AGGREGATE TROPHIES
Our records for the Choral Championship go back to 1982, which is when we believe the Championship trophy was introduced. Townsville Choral Society won the Championship trophy for the first time in 2017. The Aggregate trophy is the trophy for the highest marks in the set pieces. Our records date back to 1969, and while we have won this trophy many times over the years, 2018 was the first time we have won both the Championship and the Aggregate in the same year.
In October 2013 the choir took part in the one-night-only concert Hats Off To Gilbert and Sullivan with NQOMT and Barrier Reef Orchestra. This same collaboration celebrated Townsville's 150 years by performing together in the Townsville City Council's T150 Gala Variety Concert headlining David Campbell in 2016.
The choir has a tradition of working with international and national guest conductors and artists who visit Townsville frequently. These occasions present our members with opportunities to further their vocal and musical skill.