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DATE, TIME, VENUE CONCERT DETAILS
Friday, 15th December, 8pm, The Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, 136 Yarra St., Geelong CHRISTMAS NÖEL Windfire Choir and Orchestra conducted by Rick Prakhoff, with The Geelong Youth Choir

JS Bach – Wachel Auf BWV 140 and works by Lausidsen, Stanford and d’Aquin

$35 Adult & senior $30 Concession & student. School students free. Tickets at the door or online at www.trybooking.com/QOSS

Sunday 17th December, 3pm and 7pm, St Pau’ls Anglican Church, La Trobe Terrace, Geelong SERVICE OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS presented by
The Choir of St Paul’s Geelong, directed by Tom HealeyThe traditional service of carols for everyone to sing and special carols sung by the St Paul’s Church and Occasional Choir, directed by Tom Healey.

Website: http://www.stpaulsgeelong.org.au
More information:  Tom Healey

Thursday Dec 28, 7.00pm for 7.30 start, St John’s Anglican Church, Regent St Port Fairy PORT FAIRY MESSIAH

This Sing It Yourself” Messiah is in its 36th year.  All choristers are invited to join in a performance that has professional soloists and a chamber orchestra underpinned by organ and keyboard.  The 19th century blue stone church has fantastic acoustics and adds great atmosphere to a wonderful work.  BYO score, or borrow one on the night.

Conductor: Jeanette Hajncl, Organ: Craig Doherty, Continuo cello: Hyunsu Kim

Tickets – $5 (choristers), $25 (audience)  Information:  5561 2291 (Jeanette)

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Christmas Around the World – The Geelong Chorale: December 2nd, 2017

All Saints Church, Noble Street, Newtown.  Saturday, December 2nd, 5pm.

Allister Cox conducted a choir of 37 singers in a program of carols from around the world.  The Geelong Chorale was accompanied by Kristine Mellens (piano) and Frank De Rosso.  The guest artists for this concert were the Geelong Handbell Choir.

Allister Cox

The concert began with Australian bird song imitations from the choir placed at the rear of the church.  The work was If Christ had been born in another time composed by Australian Matthew Orlovich.  This set the tone for music of high quality and audience appeal.  Carols ranged from traditional English and European, to modern works including Of a Rose, a Lovely Rose (Colin Brumby), Jewel Carol, composed by New Zealander Christopher Marshall and Shepherds Pipe Carol (John Rutter).  There were several songs for audience participation.

The Geelong Handbell Choir was a popular guest artist, playing a selection of carols, and finishing with some light-hearted schmaltz – a setting of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

As is usual for the Geelong Chorale’s Christmas concerts, the concert ended with We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English West Country carol) in a spectacular setting by Arthur Warrell.

This Christmas concert continues the Geelong Chorale’s Christmas tradition of carol concerts.  These started in 1981 – the Year of the Disabled*.  Originally, a free gift from the Chorale to the community, the aim was to present a short, easily accessible concert of traditional and new carols to the community, particularly targeting people who find attending outdoors ‘carols by candlelight’ events difficult.  The first concerts were held in the Geelong Art Gallery, and later the foyer of the Geelong Performing Arts Centre.  Children sat on the floor, and the venues were easily wheel-chair accessible.  Several aged care centres brought busloads of people to attend.

With the local ‘carols by candlelight’ cancelled due to bad weather, it’s a pity that the Chorale’s alternative offering was not better advertised.  The rather small audience certainly enjoyed the concert.

*Prior to 1981, the Gama Singers (now the Geelong Chorale) gave annual Christmas cafe concerts.

Read Colin Mockett’s review of Christmas Around the World at Entertainment Geelong.

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