Previous Concerts:

Flight – A Century of Soaring Vocal Music

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7.30pm Saturday 18 November 2017 – St Johns Southgate

“A man with wings large enough and duly connected, might learn to overcome the resistance of the air” – Leonardo da Vinci

Join Choristry for our final concert of 2017, a voyage of musical discovery celebrating our fascination with the skies and beyond; from the humblest of insects to the wonder of taking to the air and travelling towards the stars.

Featuring Stanford’s gorgeous The Bluebird, Eric Whitacre’s extraordinary Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine and the heartfelt setting of John Gillespie Magee’s High Flight by Christopher Marshall, as well as music from Norway and Australia. Let these uplifting and ethereal works transport you skyward.

Bach and Beyond

7pm Saturday 19 August 2017 – Collins St Baptist Church

“Now there is music from which a man can learn something” – W A Mozart

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Bach’s motets are amongst the most mesmerising and perfectly constructed of all his works. Their extraordinary complexity makes colossal demands of anyone who would perform them, and they formed the core repertory Bach expected his pupils to sing and to master.

Choristry is delighted to present a selection of these choral masterworks, alongside some of the 20th Century’s most exquisite pieces, including Arvo Pärt’s sublime Spiegel Im Spiegel, for cello and piano.

Join us at Collins St Baptist Church for an evening of thrilling and uplifting music, from the composer who set the benchmark to which all who followed would aspire.

Dark Night of the Soul

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Choristry is excited to partner with Sydney-based Ristretto Chamber Choir to perform a concert of music inspired by the night sky and our place in the universe.

Piano and a string quartet will accompany the choirs performing works by Ola Gjeilo, Ériks Ešenvalds, Arvo Pärt and a newly commissioned piece by young Australian composer Ella Macens Look Up – the Sky is Glowing.  Choristry’s Artistic Director, Dan Walker has also arranged Sigur Rós’ stunning Starálfur and works by Depeche Mode.

4pm Sunday 30 April and 7.30pm Saturday 13th May 2017

Don’t tell Mama

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Audacious.  Subversive.  Underground.

Join Choristry and guest artist Trevor Jones as we explore the dimly-lit clubs of 1930s Europe, Off-Broadway New York and beyond in a performance of songs that celebrate the darker side of popular music.  Set in cabaret-style seating in Studio 1 at Chunky Move, we are delighted to present works from Kurt Weill, Noel Coward, Francis Poulenc, Ben Folds, Amanda Palmer, Sting and many more.                                                                                              Friday 11th November and Saturday 12th November 2016, 8 pm

Aurora

Choristry is delighted to present ‘Aurora’:  a concert of heavenly music celebrating the Northern and Southern Lights.  Featuring some of today’s brightest and best choral composers from Scandinavia and the Baltic countries, Aurora will also feature works from several Australian composers, as well as the Melbourne premiere of Newfoundland composer Kathleen Allan’s  ’The Frost’.  Coupled with beautiful visual projections of both still and moving images and set in the sonorous surrounds of St John’s Southgate, ‘Aurora’ will be sure to kindle your inner fire on a crisp winter’s night.                                                 Saturday 16th May 2016, 7:30 pm

On the Threshold of Night
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Choristry is delighted to bring you On the Threshold of Night, a collection of beautiful choral works by some of Britain’s most celebrated composers. Spanning some four centuries, our musical sojourn includes the 16th century polyphony of Tallis and Byrd and Benjamin Britten’s extraordinary Hymn to St. Cecilia, as well as the inimitable sounds of contemporary composers such as Jonathan Dove, Tarik O’Regan and James MacMillan. Sunday 17th April 2016, 3 pm

Animalia – choral music for all creatures great and small

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Join Choristry on a musical safari as we celebrate the music written for our feathered, furred and finned friends. From the musical jokes of Josquin to the wit of Eric Whitacre, this motley collection of animal-inspired choral works will engage and amuse listeners of all ages. In our first appearance at Library at the Dock, we are delighted to present two performances: the 11am performance will run for 40 minutes, perfect for our younger concert-goers.  Sunday 8th November 2015, 11 am and 2:30 pm

In Gloria Dei Patri – Sacred polyphony of Renaissance and Baroque Italy

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Join Choristry for a journey through the beautiful music of Italy’s 16th and 17th centuries, a period of stylistic change. Our programme begins with the grandfather of Italian polyphony, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, and visits some of the great composers who ushered in this musical revolution. From the tortured genius of composer-prince and murderer Carlo Gesualdo, to the gloriously lush work of Antonio Lotti, we will present a selection of repertoire from the real musical movers and shakers of this period, along with lesser-known composers such as Felice Anerio and Antonio Caldara. This feast of sumptuous singing will haunt you, uplift you, and stir the senses.                                       Sunday 9th August 2015, 3 pm

Sure On This Shining Night: American Vocal Masterworks

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Featuring works by Leonard Bernstein, Eric Whitacre, Randall Thompson and Samuel Barber, this collection of sublime pieces by American composers also featured soprano soloist, Fiona Nicholson.  Singing to a full house at St John’s Lutheran Church, Southgate, we welcomed our new Musical Director, Dan Walker.                                                                 Sunday 17th May 2015, 3 pm

Call of the Birds

Our final concert for the 2014 was Call of the Birds,  held on Sunday the 23rd of November at 3pm at St John’s Lutheran Church in Southbank, and featuring guest conductor Dan Walker. This concert incorporates a collection of works celebrating the colours and sounds of the sky.

Featuring works by some of Australia’s finest choral composers, the first half of the program has a strong avian theme: Aria Award winning performer and composer Sally Whitwell’s A Hundred Thousand Birds, a nod to the pastoral English choral tradition of Vaughan Williams and Stamford; Sydney composer David Basden’s richly voiced a cappella work, The Birds; the Australian premiere of Dan Walker’s Call of the Birds; Iain Grandage’s setting of Bush Songs, as well as a clever arrangement of Lennon and McCartney’s timeless classic Blackbird.

Two carols by Australian composer William James signal the halfway point of the program, and as dusk descends, stars take over as the source of beauty and wonderment in the sky. This bracket will feature Ben Van Tienen’s Christmas-themed Just One Star, in an adaptation arranged specifically for Choristry, as well as arrangements of The Beach Boys (God Only Knows) and Irish vocal trio The Wailin’ Jennys (The Parting Glass).

While November is perhaps a little early for a Christmas concert, this performance of uplifting, contemplative and joyous music will undoubtedly leave you warm-hearted for the start of the season.

 

Brahms – A German Requiem

August 17, 2014 at 3pm
St John’s Lutheran Church in Southbank.

Brahms German Requiem

Bringing winter to a close, Choristry gave a full performance of Johannes Brahms’ A German Requiem.

Singing in the original German, the choir was joined by Jacqueline Porter (soprano) and Nathan Lay (baritone), accompanied by duo pianists.

Based on a set of texts Brahms chose from the Lutheran Bible, this magisterial and passionate work finds a fitting setting in St Johns Lutheran Church in Southbank.

The Fairy Queen

May 4, 2014 at 2:30pm
St John’s Lutheran Church in Southbank.

The Fairy Queen

In our May 2014 concert Choristry, together with Ballarat based choral ensemble VOX, performed The Fairy Queen, Purcell’s semi-opera adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

In the Bleak Midwinter

December 7, 2013 at 7pm
St John’s Southgate | 20 City Rd | Southbank

Bleak Midwinter

Choristry’s December concert celebrates a more secular Christmas theme focusing on the wintry elements that are not always the experience of an Australian audience.

The repertoire is driven by three different settings of Christina Rosetti’s beautiful text In The Bleak Midwinter by Gustav Holst, Harold Darke and Bob Chilcott, and the centrepiece of the concert is John Rutter’s festive, but secular choral cycle When Icicles Hang.

Also included are winter themed pieces by Edward Elgar and Finnish composer Harri Wessman as well as a selection of carols both familiar and surprising.

Sacred Verdi

September 8, 2013 at 3pm
St John’s Southgate | 20 City Rd | Southbank

Sacred Verdi

Choristry is excited to welcome guest conductor Mr Simon Bruckard for this special concert event. Most well known for his operas, amongst Verdi’s lesser well known and last compositions are the suite of sacred motets, Four Sacred Pieces (Quattro Pezzi Sacri) first performed together on 7th April 1898.

In concert, Choristry will be performing the four works: Ave Maria, for mixed chorus; Stabat Mater, for mixed chorus and welcoming the Choristry Players on piano and string quartet; Laudi alla Vergine Maria, for female chorus; and Te Deum, for double chorus and the Choristry Players.

Finally Choristry will present Verdi’s Pater Noster, composed in 1880. This a capella motet is based on a religious text, an early version of the Lord’s Prayer, by 14th century Italian poet, Antonio Beccari.

Celebrating Britten

November 18, 2012 at 3pm
St John’s Southgate | 20 City Rd | Southbank

Celebrate Britten

A choral concert featuring A Ceremony of Carols, Hymn to St Cecilia, and Hymn to the Virgin.

Conducted by Trevor Jones
Harp by Alannah Guthrie-Jones

Benjamin Britten was born on St Cecilia’s Day, 22 November 1913. To mark his 99th birthday and the beginning of the Britten Centenary Year, Choristry is proud to present three of his choral masterpieces.

The Hymn to St Cecilia was composed while at sea in 1942. With a text by W.H. Auden, this a cappella gem celebrates the patron saint of music.

The Hymn to the Virgin combines English and Latin texts celebrating Mary as we move towards the Christmas season.

Finally, one of Britten’s best-loved works, A Ceremony of Carols for choir and harp (in an SATB arrangement by Julius Harrison) features texts in Old English and Latin and will be accompanied by Alannah Guthrie-Jones.