Community Service Announcement—Choir opportunity Melbourne
The Boîte Melbourne Millennium Chorus 2018—Join now!
Singing in groups isn’t just great fun, more and more evidence is showing that choral singing is good for our minds and bodies as well. If you’ve always wanted to experience the joy of singing in a group but haven’t had the opportunity before, here’s your chance to be part of an extraordinary choir.
Enrolments are now open for the 21st Boîte Millennium Chorus—and the great news is, there’s no age limit, and no auditions. It’s a welcoming and diverse choir of up to 300 people, who will attend three full-day rehearsals with a professional choir director and musicians, before the concert on Sunday 12th August at Melbourne Town Hall.
Every year The Boîte (pronounced “bwaat”) runs this mass choir project with a different musical theme, exploring and celebrating Australia’s rapidly changing cultural landscape. This year features songs from the exquisite ‘Mission Songs Project’, which explores the musical journey of Indigenous Australian music and connects the traditional with contemporary, revealing the continuation of cultural practice and song tradition into the 21st century.
Jessie Lloyd launched the Mission Songs Project CD and concerts in 2017 to widespread acclaim. Her extensive research, musical training and family connections, and Indigenous background (as well as her persistence!) made her uniquely placed to uncover a precious part of our history… secular songs that were sung after church, and that explore the day to day life of the mission days across Australia, from cultural identity to love and loss. These unique songs consist of almost forgotten stories that can now shed light into the history of our Indigenous elders, families and communities.
Jessie is Artistic Director for the Boîte Millennium Chorus this year, and choir director is Jess Hitchcock, an emerging Indigenous artist who tours with Jessie Lloyd and the Mission Songs Project as well as with Deborah Cheetham’s Short Black Opera.
Joining the choir
Full price for Melbourne metro choir members is $199. Discounted fees are offered for concession card holders (not seniors), under 25s, families, regional members (100km or more from Melbourne CBD), and Boîte members. This covers rehearsal materials (printed songbook and digital audio song parts), three full-day rehearsals in Melbourne, the concert, commemorative t-shirt.
More information, registrations: Susan Wright, The Boîte, (03) 9417 1983
July: Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th, 10.00am-4.00pm
August: Saturday 11th, 10.00am-4.00pm
Venue: Northcote Uniting Church, 251 High St, Northcote VIC 3070
Sunday August 12th, 2.30pm
Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston Street, Melbourne
Basilica of St Mary of the Angels, Yarra Street, Geelong
A Music at the Basilica presentation.
Take 28 of Australia’s best singers between the ages of 18 and 26. Bring them together for a few days as a chamber choir. The result was on show at the National Youth Choir of Australia‘s concert at the Basilica of St Mary of the Angels on July 5th.
Despite only a short time rehearsing together, Noel Ancell OAM, Director of the AYCA produced an outstanding program of challenging and varied sacred choral music. The blend was impeccable; technique never in doubt; musicianship and style faultless.
The program began with Swiss composer Ivo Antognini’s 2015 Canticum Novum.
This was followed by the world premiere of young Sydney composer William Yaxley’s Mass for Seven Voices. This is a magical work. Each movement evokes its own mood. Examples of this are the stillness of Sanctus, with its rhythmic whispered ‘Pleni sunt coeli’ and upward glissandos, and the contrasting rhythmic Benedictus sung by the lower parts. The audience were forewarned that the music might appear ‘strange’, especially the in the final Agnus Dei, where soprano and alto are in one key and tenor and bass another. This movement was largely antiphonal, with a final satisfying resolution.
The NYCA then presented a spirited performance of Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, by J.S. Bach. There was a joy to this performance – a lightness and deftness evocative of a dance.
Benjamin Britten’s A.M.D.G (Ad maiorem Dei Goriam), composed in 1939, followed – a challenging setting of 7 poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins, not published or performed in Britten’s lifetime.
Despite the few days of rehearsal time, members of the choir have also formed some small groups to perform motets and madrigals. The Geelong performance included a six-part motet by Carlo Gesualdo composed for Holy Saturday.
The program concluded with a moving performance of Timor et Tremor, one of Francis Poulencs Quatre Motets our un Temps de Penitence.
There is still time to hear this outstanding group, before they disband to all corners of Australia. There are performances in Bendigo on 6th July, Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula on July 7th at 11am, and Melbourne (Carlton) at 7.30 on Saturday July 7th. http://www.nyca.org.au/tickets
There was a notable absence of Geelong district choristers at the Geelong performance. Where were you?
For a taste of what you missed watch the NYCA performance of Canticum Novum by Ivo Antoghini, performed in Brisbane in 2017.
Come and join us for an afternoon of great entertainment with
Music to make you Smile
from stage, musical theatre and opera
At Christ Church (Cnr Moorabool and McKillop Streets, Geelong)
On Sunday 15th July from 2-4.30pm
Tickets $15 at the door including sumptuous afternoon tea!
or Ph Jan 0409 176 409 or Phillip 0448 118 302 for ticket bookings
It should be a great afternoon of musical entertainment – feel free to forward this email to your family and friends, social media, Facebook etc. contacts, and come along yourself, of course!
(Dr) Phillip Swain
Colin Mockett, entertainer and writer extraordinaire, has written a review of the 2018 WDCF at Geelong Grammar’s SPACE.
Read Colin’s review here.