Capella St Crucis in Melbourne and Geelong

Capella St Crucis from Hannover are presenting concerts in Geelong and Melbourne while on tour.

The Geelong performance is an Easter Concert, on Thursday, April 11th at 7.30pm at St Mary’s Basilica, Yarra Street.  Bookings

The Melbourne concert is on Sunday, April 14th at The Scots’ Church, Collins Street.  This free concert is hosted by The Australian Chamber Choir.  Capella St Crucis will be joined by ACC and the Choir of Scot’s Church in a performance of Vidor’s MESSE SOLONELLE
for two choirs and two organs.

Free entry | Donation requested | No pre-booking needed

With 80 singers at the front of the church and 20 in the organ gallery, the concept of “surround sound” takes on new meaning!
Also on the program, Florian Lohmann directs Capella St Crucis in Bach, Mendelssohn, Reger and Macmillan.

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St John Passion – Hamilton – April 7th

If you can’t make it to Hamilton for this concert, it’s also on in Macedon, Melbourne and Clunes.  Click the links to find out more and book seats.

MACEDON: Sat 13 April, Church of the Resurrection
MELBOURNE: Sunday 28 April, The Scots’ Church
CLUNES: Sunday 5 May, St Paul’s

Sing it Yourself MESSIAH Port Fairy: December 28th 2018

Singers once again have the opportunity to sing Messiah over the Christmas break if they’re in or near Port Fairy.

All choristers welcome to join in.Soloists: Anita Senior, Vivien Hamilton, Dylan Casey, Darcy Carroll Accompanied by Chamber Orchestra with Craig Doherty on organ Conducted by Jeanette Hajncl $5 per chorister. Scores available for borrowing on the night.

Western District Choral Festival – 2019

Festival details released

Saturday afternoon, 22nd June 2019

Warrnambool  (Venue to be advised)

Hosted by Merri Singers

Please register expressions of interest with Philip Shaw as soon as possible  to ensure you are sent all the details (if possible by December 5th, 2018).  This will not commit your group to attending but will ensure that you will be included in our WDCF communications.

The WDCF provides a wonderful opportunity for Western District and SA south eastern groups to hear what their colleagues are singing, and a rare chance to socialise with singers from around the region. It can provide ideas for new repertoire as well as different approaches to presentation.

Each choir will have a performance bracket of 8 to 10 minutes (depending on the number of groups attending) and will be invited to participate in the massed choir songs. There will (of course!) be afternoon tea to follow. Entry will be $5 for singers and $10 for audience.

Some of the choirs from the WDCF 2018

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In Flanders Fields: Friday 9th November, 2018

Windfire Choir conducted by Rick Prakhoff, Tim Reynolds – tenor, Fiona Squires -soprano, Ben Mitchell – narrator, Wendy Rechenberg – piano, Brighid Mantelli – flute, Philip Healey – violin, Chris Skepper – trumpet, John Seal – tympani, Frank De Rosso – organ.

Presented by Music at the Basilica Frank de Rosso – artistic director.

A review of this concert can be found at Entertainment Geelong

In Remembrance: Sunday, November 11, 2018

A concert to acknowledge the centenary of the WWI Armistice and to commemorate the sacrifice made by many in all wars.

The Geelong Chorale

Sunday, November 11th, 2018, St Paul’s Anglican Church, Geelong

This concert to mark the end of the “War to end all Wars” began with poet Siegfried Sassoon’s short poem Aftermath which was read with simplicity and dignity by Tim Gibson.  Sassoon reminds us of the horrors of war and asks ‘Have you forgotten yet?’  The fact of today’s concert, and other events and concerts marking the armistice that ended World War I, show that Australians have not forgotten.  Sassoon, a recipient of the Military Cross, took a stand against the war – not the first or last soldier to elucidate the futility of war and devastation it causes.

The Geelong Chorale, conducted by Allister Cox, then sang Lest We Forget composed this year by Australian Matthew Orlovich.  The work is for soprano soloist, choir, clarinet and piano.  Fiona Squires’ beautiful soprano soared above the choir and piano, with an ascending scale enunciating the words of the Lux Aeterna from the Requiem Mass.  The work is punctuated with the chant Lest we Forget which interweaving clarinet and piano lines.  The music’s end is marked by an expiration of breath from the choir – like the last gasp of a dying soldier.  The talented clarinet soloist was Jess Morris, and the choir’s regular and most accomplished accompanist, Kristine Mellens, was the pianist.

The sombre mood continued with the poem Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen, another poet of WWI.  Imagery like ‘The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells’ shows some of the horrors of this war which killed many millions of people, and wounded countless more, leaving whole nations in mourning.

Edward Elgar’s longer work, For the Fallen from The Spirit of England, op. 80, completed the first half of the concert.  The poem, written in 1914 by Lawrence Binyon, though written without the first hand experience of the front line of Sassoon and Owens, contains some of the best known words to commemorate the war dead –

They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old

Age shall not weary them, not the years condemn

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

The music, for choir, tenor soloist, piano was completed in 1916.  It begins with a steady slow marching beat from the bass notes of the piano, before a more romantic section which heralds the entrance of the choir alternating unison and harmony.  The music rises in intensity and pitch heralding the soloist’s entry – ‘Death, august and royal/Sings sorrow unto immortal spheres’ – a much more glorified view of war’s destruction than the stark reality of Sassoon or Owen.  The work is dedicated “to the memory of our glorious men, with a special thought for the Worcesters”.[1]  Nevertheless, this moving work honours the heroes of war, and was written in a time of bleakness to strengthen the resolve of the people of Britain.  The Geelong Chorale’s performance showed a choral richness, with the choir demonstrating once again a beauty of tone in the gentle passages – none more than in the unison last line ‘to the end…’  David Campbell’s fine clear tenor and faultless diction cut through the choral texture and shone out in the solo sections.

Mess de la Déliverance was composed in 1918 by Théodore Dubois to give thanks for the end of WWI.  It is dedicated to the bishop and choirs of Orleans.  In this performance, this extended work for tenor and baritone soloists and choir, was accompanied on the fine organ of St Paul’s church, played by Beverley Philips.  The work begins with an Introit, a stirring setting of Psalm 150, which makes the most of the brass stops of the organ.  The traditional movements of the Latin mass follow.  This music is lusciously romantic with a wide range of vocal colour and emotion.  The soloists were David Campbell and Manfred Pohlenz.

The final poem of the concert, To Germany, was written by Charles Hamilton Sorley, who was killed by a sniper’s bullet at the Battle of Loos at the age of 20.  In it, Sorley does not allocate blame, but states that ‘the blind fight the blind’, and hopes that with peace, vision of each other’s humanity will return, ‘But until peace, the storm, The darkness and the thunder and the rain.’

The concert ended with God Shall Wipe Away All Tears the final chorale from Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, composed to mark the Millennium.

A large audience showed appreciation for this moving concert which was a fitting tribute to those who fight and fall in war.

The Geelong Chorale’s final concert for 2018 is CAROLS AT QUEENSCLIFF, on Saturday, December 8th at 5pm, at Queenscliff Uniting Church.

 

 

 

[1] http://www.elgar.org/3spirit.htm