Choir lends voice to Easter service

Esk Community Choir will join with Brisbane Valley Churches Together to present the Easter story through song on Maundy Thursday. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Experience the Easter story in a new way at a special community service this Maundy Thursday.

Brisbane Valley Churches Together and Esk Community Choir will present ‘The Triumph Song of Life’, an Easter Cantata, on Thursday 28 March at the Somerset Civic Centre.

The cantata is a collection of choral music and hymns interspersed with readings centred on the Easter story.

Brisbane Valley Anglican Church priest in charge The Reverend Loretta Tyler-Moss said the music told the story from Palm Sunday.

“For most people, Easter is Sunday and maybe Good Friday,” she said.

“But in actual fact, Easter is a week long, and that was what I really wanted to share.

“It’s not just Christ dying and rising.

“The cantata takes it from Palm Sunday to that joyous entry into Jerusalem, through the Last Supper, the foot washing… and then to the trial, the Crucifixion, and then the resurrection.

“So on Thursday evening, people will be in the middle of the story and they’ll get the beginning and the end around them.”

Esk Community Choir choral director Alexis FitzGerald said the cantata was ‘choral music at its best’.

“What I love about the music is that it’s by well-known composers… like Gounod, Mendelssohn, Telemann, and from all periods of music, early English, Classical, and of course finishing with one of the greatest ever, Beethoven’s Symphony Number 9, ‘Joyful Joyful’, which is a melody that everybody knows,” she said.

“It’s a fitting conclusion to the story of Easter.”

The free concert is open to all with light refreshments from 5pm for a 5:30pm start.