Adelaide’s dynamic duo Chris McPhee and Rosanne Hosking return to Brisbane on Sunday 2 July to present an entertaining program of music from the movies, stage, light classics and opera on the TOSAQ magnificent Christie Cinema Pipe Organ and voice.
Chris McPhee A.A.G.M. is a celebrated theatre organist who lives and works in Adelaide. He has a distinctive musical style emanating fun and individuality while expressing his vibrant spirit and passion for nostalgia.
As a teenager, Chris was particularly inspired when he heard the legendary UK organist and entertainer, Douglas Reeve. Since then, Chris went on to build and establish an international reputation for himself. He has performed at leading venues across Australia, New Zealand, United States of America and the United Kingdom. In recogition of his outstanding talents, he was awarded an Associate Diploma in Organ, with Honors.
In his home city, Chris has starred as the featured artist on the J.W. Walker & Sons Adelaide Town Hall Organ and the Silver Jubilee Organ at the Festival Theatre. He was chosen to receive the great honor of being the final organist to perform at the historic Adelaide Regent Theatre before it closed in 2004.
Chris has thrilled audiences with his stylish organ playing at many venues and celebrates over 35 years of performing on the famous Wurlitzer at the Capri Theatre. He has released 7 commercial recordings and his music is broadcast extensively, not only on local radio, but all around the globe. He is a solo artist of great renown but he has also performed alongside some of the all-time greats of Australian entertainment.
Outside of Chris McPhee’s musical endeavours, he also holds qualifications in embalming and post mortem reconstructive surgery, with membership in both the Australian Institute of Embalming and British Institute of Embalmers.
Rosanne’s performance career spans over 25 years and has taken her all around Australia and overseas. She has enjoyed exploring her natural versatility on the operatic, musical theatre, cabaret and contemporary stage.
Her professional theatrical debut was in the Australian cast of The Phantom of the Opera with which she toured Australia and New Zealand.
Most recently, she played the role of Miriam in the World Premier of new Australian musical, “The Front” at the 2015 Adelaide Cabaret Festival and in 2013 she toured Australia with Amity Dry’s musical, Mother Wife and the Complicated Life in the role of Lily.
In 2012, she was awarded the Adelaide Theatre Guide Curtain Call Award – Best Professional Female Performance, for her portrayal of Diana Goodman in Adelaide’s premiere of the musical, Next to Normal (Six Foot Something Productions & The Factory).
Her other professional theatre credits include The Venetian Twins (Beatrice) for the Sydney Olympic Arts Festival, South Pacific (Dinah) for Seabiscuit Productions/Festival Centre and Sunday in the Park with George (Frieda). She has also performed in State Opera of South Australia seasons of Don Giovanni, A Masked Ball and Turandot.
Rosanne has made appearances both nationally and internationally as a concert artist. Highlights have included Off the Air with ABC ClassicFM presenter, Guy Noble and performing Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate with the Austral Sinfonietta in London.
Rosanne is also a well-respected vocal coach who lectures in singing and music at the Adelaide College of Arts, conducts regular workshops for the SA Festival of Music and Pelican Productions and also runs her own private studio assisting professional and up-and-coming artists.