Choristry is a Melbourne based 30-voice mixed vocal ensemble dedicated to performing beautiful and diverse choral music to the highest standard.
Since 2015, Choristry has been under the artistic direction of Dan Walker, a preeminent composer and one of Australia’s most sought-after vocal specialists. In 2016, the ensemble will perform three programs: ’On the Threshold of Night’, featuring some of the best British composers of the last 400 years; ’Aurora’, a delicious program of Australasian, Scandinavian and Baltic modern compositions; and a choral cabaret to finish the year.
Choristry was established by Trevor Jones under the name DeChorum in 2008. The name of the ensemble was changed to Choristry in August 2009.
The choir’s inaugural concert, a performance of L’Enfance du Christ by Berlioz, was given in support of the Hush Foundation in December 2008 and recorded by radio station 3MBS.
Since then, the ensemble’s diverse repertoire has included Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor, Britten’s St Nicolas, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Bach’s Magnificat and Cantata 140, works by Eric Whitacre and Randall Thompson and a number of contemporary Australian works by composers including Stephen Leek, Iain Grandage and Matthew Orlovich.
In 2010 Choristry were a guest choir at the Australian National Choral Association’s Choralfest in Port Macquarie and in 2012 and 2014 travelled to Hobart as a guest choir at the Festival of Voices.
As well as presenting its own concerts, Choristry performed at the 2009 Australia Day concert at Melbourne’s Federation Square and has participated in several services at the city’s St Paul’s Cathedral. Choristry also performs regularly at University of Melbourne graduation ceremonies.
A fully-auditioned choir, Choristry was formed with the express commitment of performing beautiful choral music at the highest standard. All members of Choristry are experienced vocal performers, many of them soloists in their own right.
Composer, conductor and performer Dan Walker is one of Australia’s most in-demand choral specialists. He has had works commissioned by the Sydney Symphony, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Gondwana Choirs and Halcyon. As a performer, Dan is a member of the professional vocal ensemble ‘The Consort of Melbourne’, Sydney-based Cantillation, and Pinchgut Opera. He has been a guest performer with The Song Company and was a founding member of early music ensemble ‘The Parson’s Affayre’. He is a keenly sought-after conductor, appearing as chorus-master for the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Choruses. He is Artistic Director of Choristry and Habeas Chorus, the choir for the Melbourne legal community.