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: FILE

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.”

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 people of all denominations.

Rev Loretta said it was an ideal service whether you attend church on Christmas and Easter or every week, as well as choir followers.

“We’ll be able to share the story of Easter in a comfortable setting which hopefully meets the needs of the religious folk and exposes the community to what it is that we’re spending Easter celebrating,” she said.

Light refreshments will be served from 5pm for a 5:30pm start.

The service will be followed by fellowship in the foyer with a cup of tea and biscuits.

“It’s going to be a very pleasant social outing with some beautiful music involved,” Mrs FitzGerald said.