ANYONE who was not in Hastings Street around 10.30am on Easter Saturday, missed a very rare treat. Diners and passers by at Aromas were suddenly amazed when one of the "staff" began singing "The Hallelujah Chorus".
Within moments she was joined by another waiter and gradually more and more "customers" and browsing shoppers followed until the whole area with thrilled with the powerful voices delighting tourists and surprised locals.
The Noosa Chorale provided some 30 singers and pianist as a promotion for the forthcoming Noosa Longweekend which will hopefully bring back many of those who enjoyed the impromptu concert.
This year's Longweekend Committee have gone all out to make this year's Festival bigger and better than ever following the huge success of last year when tickets sold out for many of the events well before July.
The Noosa Longweekend opens with a massive Carnivale and grand parade down Hasting Street on 15 July followed by ten days of fabulous music, theatre, food and fun entertainment featuring some of the best performers in Australia and overseas.
The line-up includes the outrageous Meow Meow, Max Gillies re-creating some of our loved and hated Aussie leaders, the Qld Ballet under the direction of Mao's Last Dancer, a Democracy Forum Lunch, the Dame Joan Singing Competition, Judy Nunn (Ailsa from Home and Away) now a leading novelist, and the chance to improve your stand-up comedy routine in a workshop with Mandy Nolan.
This is just a small sample so go to the Noosa Longweekend website, pick up a programme from around local markets, call into The J at the Junction or phone 07 53296560.