Welcome to our next exciting adventure in music
Ballarat Chamber Opera presents a sumptuous Baroque Bonanza with the participation of Ballarat Choral Society, renowned organist Calvin Bowman and a selection of outstanding soloists.
The program includes works by JS Bach, CPE Bach and Pachelbel, and there is a community workshop too!
Performance: Saturday 3 August, 3pm at the Anglican Cathedral Church of Christ the King
Conductor: Helen Duggan
Soloists: Alison Ho, Lyndal Allen, Christine Heald, Timothy Reynolds, Ollie Mann (some tbc)
Organist: Calvin Bowman
Community Workshop: Saturday 3 August, 10.30am to 11.30am – Calvin Bowman, Rick Chew (Federation University) and Christine Heald (Ballarat Chamber Opera) will teach participants Bach’s final chorale so they can participate in the afternoon’s performance.
Please mark this very special day in your calendar, and stay tuned for details on how to book.
Meanwhile, if you’re a singer…
Invitation to participate in this rare event
We’d love for you to perform the entire program with us, and we’re actively recruiting singers for Ballarat Choral Society – whether that’s welcoming back familiar faces, or welcoming brand new-to-us people.
If that’s you, fantastic! If not, please pass this invitation on to anyone whom you think might be interested.
Below you’ll find all the details – program, rehearsal material, dates and so on. Do please consider joining us, as it promises to be a most exciting and rewarding experience.
Magnificat – CPE Bach
Cantata 78 – JS Bach
Magnificat – Pachelbel
Every Wednesday night 7.45-10pm with a short tea break, at Ebenezer Hall (behind Ebenezer Church, 212 Armstrong Street South, Ballarat). If you’re new, simply turn up a few minutes early and we’ll organise music for you.
In addition to regular BCS rehearsals, please note the following joint rehearsals, to be held at Anglican Cathedral Church of Christ the King (49 Lydiard St South, Ballarat):
20 July – possible joint rehearsal, to be confirmed
27 July – joint rehearsal 2-4pm (time tbc)
3 August – final joint rehearsal 12.30-2.30pm
Sheet music is provided for you to use and take home (if we have hired music, you’ll need to return it at the end otherwise you get to keep it – please check with our Music Librarian Deirdre Stewart when you pick yours up on arrival).
You will find audio practice tracks and pronunciation guides by clicking here. There are also rehearsal CDs available at practice, to support learning the music.
BCS subscriptions cover the cost of sheet music, rehearsal venue hire, as well as the excellent training and support of our Musical Director Helen Duggan, who is the concert conductor. Subs for this program are $60, and there is a one-off $10 joining fee for new members.
But we don’t expect you to pay at the door before coming in!
You’re welcome to come along to the rehearsal and see what you think, before making any commitments.
For more information contact The Ballarat Choral Society.