Australia’s favourite tenor Gregory Moore and nationally acclaimed soprano Suellen Cusack-Greensill will join forces at the You Raise Me Up concert in Bundaberg on 23 August.
It was more than 10 years ago when the former Shalom College student was preparing to take to the world stage as the lead in the international production of Scotland the Brave, and this is where she met and performed with Gregory.
“Greg and I first met when we travelled to New York and Toronto together as I joined him to perform as the lead soloists in the Australian production of Scotland the Brave,” Suellen said.
The local songstress also said Gregory was her “star tenor and partner in crime” for the bestselling ABC production of Scotland The Brave and it was a privilege to have him come to her hometown so they could perform together again.
You Raise Me Up to help find a cure
“This concert, You Raise Me Up, is a really amazing way to be able to give back, especially to a charity like Love Your Sister where you know 100 per cent of profits goes straight to finding a cure,” Suellen said.
Suellen said the concert would raise funds for the important Love Your Sister organisation, a charity run by Australia actor Samuel Johnson in memory of his late sister Connie, which raises money for scientific research in to the causes of cancers, while also supporting people affected by cancer and their families, the campaign was in Bundaberg recently.
She said her father passed away from cancer in 2010 and the You Raise Me Up concert was very close to her heart because of this.
“With this concert I’m able to reconnect with Greg and just sing beautiful, inspirational songs together for a cause that has touched us both personally,” she said.
“I feel really blessed with the life I have; I have a wonderful husband, Peter, that has worked incredibly hard and we share our beautiful daughter with another baby on the way!” Suellen said.
“It’s a privilege to be able to give back to a cause that has touched us each and every one of us in some way.”
The You Raise Me Up concert will also feature talented local musicians including violinist Kate Hardisty, pianist Christie McLucas and bag piper Kyle Myers.
The concert will be held at the Holy Rosary Church at 7pm on 23 August. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Bout Time Music.