Choir Music

SYDNEY PHILHARMONIA CHOIR : CAROLS AT THE HOUSE

The joy of singing and the magic of Christmas was on full display on Friday 7th December at Sydney’s Opera House. The Sydney Philharmonia Choirs (SPC) performed a heady program of Christmas classics conducted by the Music Director, Brett Weymark. It was a magical evening of carols, music, readings and lots of wonderful entertainment ushering in the festive season.

In the very capable hands of long time Artistic and Music Director Brett Weymark the 500 strong choir consisted of the Sydney Philharmonia Chamber Singers, VOX, Symphony Choir and the Christmas Choir (apparently they had only 6 weeks to rehearse). Accompanied by the Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra and supported by two outstanding guest soloists Kerrie Anne Greenland and Teddy Tahu Rhodes presented a great collection of music spanning centuries including famous songs from stage and screen and so much more.

The evening opened with a tongue in cheek introduction by ‘Her Majesty- The Queen’ and the deep resonant sounds of the Concert hall organ and horns which heralded ‘The many moods of Christmas Suite 1’ sung beautifully by the choir singing ‘Christ is born today’.

There was a wonderful balance between Orchestra and Chorus throughout the concert.

Audience participation was strongly encouraged by Weymark commencing with ‘Silent Night’ which celebrated its 200th birthday year this year and continued with other carols. These included ‘O Come, All Ye Faithful’, ‘Good king Wenceslas’, ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’, ‘Joy to the world’, ’The First Nowell’ ending with a very joyful and prestissimo ‘Deck the Halls’. Its increasing fast tempo ended nicely with a slower paced finale. Continue reading SYDNEY PHILHARMONIA CHOIR : CAROLS AT THE HOUSE

SYDNEY PHILHARMONIA CHOIR TO PRESENT CAROLS @ THE HOUSE

Get ready for the ultimate Christmas music event at Sydney Opera House this December, when two of Australia’s favourite performers, Helpmann award winners Kerrie Ann Greenland and Teddy Tahu Rhodes, join the combined Sydney Philharmonia Choirs for their much-loved Carols at the House.

A highlight of every Sydney-based music lovers’ calendar, this inimitable biannual program brings all the joy and magic of the season, presenting rarely performed arrangements of Christmas carols for large symphony orchestra and chorus, and filling the Concert Hall with the power of 500 virtuoso singers from the combined Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.

There’s something for everyone in this glittering program: from Bach’s monumental Christmas Oratorio to timeless classics such as Amazing Grace and Silent Night, the ever-popular Sleigh Ride and White Christmas, plus select Broadway favourites and a dash of Australia’s own.

Highlights are sure to be the world premiere of a newly commissioned Christmas carol from Sydney composer Luke Byrne, showcasing the power of the full Sydney Philharmonia chorus and orchestra; alongside a final Centenary Year tribute to Leonard Bernstein, with a duet performance of his acclaimed Take Care of this House, from the musical, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, performed by special guests Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Kerrie Anne Greenland.

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs Artistic Director and Carols at the House Conductor Brett Weymark says, “Carols at the House is a very special date in the Sydney Philharmonia calendar. After a year of serious music making, it’s a chance for us to let our hair down, sing some of the most exquisite and uplifting Christmas music, and welcome back some old friends – this year, Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Kerrie-Anne Greenland. Continue reading SYDNEY PHILHARMONIA CHOIR TO PRESENT CAROLS @ THE HOUSE

SYDNEY CHAMBER CHOIR : BEHOLD-THE SEA! @ SYDNEY CONSERVATORIUM OF MUSIC

Above: Dan Walker, whose work Yúya Karrabúra (Fire is Burning) was given a world premiere at this concert.                                                                                                                                                                               Featured image: Detail from concert programme cover design by joshmurray.com.au

Just as the title for this final Sydney Chamber Choir concert of 2018 boldly calls out for our attention, the programme choices here were captivating and mostly modern in style and compositional date. Compiled by guest conductor Jonathan Grieves-Smith, the concert let us witness vivid works evoking nature, the sea, the outdoors and the spiritual or otherworldly environment.

This choir’s affinity for church and early musics delighted the crowd as well as  the group demonstrating a stunning aptitude for also performing new and contemporary choral works.

Nine of the concert’s eleven works were composed after 1977, and the evening was made particularly special by the performance of Dan Walker’s piece Yúya Karrabúra (Fire is Burning) in world premiere. Continue reading SYDNEY CHAMBER CHOIR : BEHOLD-THE SEA! @ SYDNEY CONSERVATORIUM OF MUSIC

BEHOLD – THE SEA! FROM SYDNEY CHAMBER CHOIR. GIVEAWAYS

Featured Image: German Romantics 2017. Photo: Nick Gilbert

Sydney Chamber Choir embarks on BEHOLD – THE SEA!, a choral voyage through maritime disaster, epic adventure and revelation, island magic and a reverence for sea coasts and depths, in a panoramic concert devised by one of the world’s leading choral conductors, Jonathan Grieves-Smith. Continue reading BEHOLD – THE SEA! FROM SYDNEY CHAMBER CHOIR. GIVEAWAYS

SYDNEY CHAMBER CHOIR : BEHOLD – THE SEA!

Choir takes to sea from depths to stars

Sydney Chamber Choir embarks on Behold – the Sea!, a choral voyage through maritime disaster, epic adventure and revelation, island magic and a reverence for sea coasts and depths, in a panoramic concert devised by one of the world’s leading choral conductors, Jonathan Grieves-Smith.

Leading with Jaakko Mäntyjärvi’s stirring requiem to the hundreds drowned in the 1994 sinking of the passenger ferry Estonia, Behold – the Sea! will be performed at Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, on Saturday October 6 at 7.30pm. Continue reading SYDNEY CHAMBER CHOIR : BEHOLD – THE SEA!

SALVE REGINA FROM BEL A CAPPELLA: WE HAVE A GIVEAWAY

Join Bel a cappella and Musical Director Anthony Pasquill for the second concert of their 2018 season SALVE REGINA.

Francis Poulenc is considered to be among the most important composers of choral music of the 20th Century. Bel a cappella has presented most of his dazzling unaccompanied choral music over the years and is delighted to be performing his Mass in G, a work that demonstrates the fusion of playfulness and devotion which characterises Poulenc’s sacred music. Continue reading SALVE REGINA FROM BEL A CAPPELLA: WE HAVE A GIVEAWAY

THE SPOOKY MEN’S CHORALE: A SOMEWHAT WILD EVENING

The Spooky Men’s Chorale joyously took over the theatre at the Concourse at Chatswood for one night only, June 30 2018 in a stellar performance . It was their debut performance at this particular venue.

Sixteen men in assorted black outfits with hair and hats invaded the Concourse to provide an awesome performance of mansinging that had the audience dancing in the aisles. Musically this was sensational, ranging from church like Georgian music to a Sufi inspired Bee Gees tribute and everything in between . Continue reading THE SPOOKY MEN’S CHORALE: A SOMEWHAT WILD EVENING

THE CREATION : SYDNEY PHILHARMONIA CHOIRS @ SYDNEY TOWN HALL

Above: Conductor of the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Brett Weymark. (©Keith-Saunders)            Featured image  by Michael Corridore.

A glorious performance with great storytelling oratorio fare resulted when Sydney Philharmonia Choirs collaborated very successfully for the first time with The Metropolitan Orchestra. They were joined by soloists Taryn Fiebig (soprano), Nicholas Jones (tenor) and Jud Arthur (bass).

The Creation Hob. XXI:2 by Haydn contains the composer’s unique brand of drama and ability to conjure up environments and creatively convey rousing feelings. Conductor Brett Weymark was in expert control of grading these elements. Overplaying or singing too early in the well- paced interpretation was avoided.

In this concert, the progression of this story with its text from sources including the Bible’s Old Testament and Psalms set to music grew from a crisp, clear and subtle beginning to later climaxes with all forces of immense and awesome proportions. These memorable moments resounded through the Town Hall venue, thrilling the audience and punctuating the three sections of this work. Continue reading THE CREATION : SYDNEY PHILHARMONIA CHOIRS @ SYDNEY TOWN HALL

WILLOUGHBY SYMPHONY CHOIR : THE SEASONS @ THE CONCOURSE

Above : Musical Director of the Willoughby Symphony Choir, Peter Ellis.                                         Featured image : Willoughby Symphony Choir at The Concourse Chatswood.

Willoughby Symphony Choir, Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and soloists under the vibrant directorship of Peter Ellis delivered a joyous performance of Haydn’s colourful oratorio The Seasons.

The concert hall at The Concourse in Chatswood reverberated with the sheer excitement and power of this choir. Haydn’s characteristic gift for direct, exuberant and evocative musical painting of
scenes or situations was exploited to the utmost in energetic performances from choir, orchestra and three talented storytelling soloists. Continue reading WILLOUGHBY SYMPHONY CHOIR : THE SEASONS @ THE CONCOURSE

SYDNEY WELSH CHOIR CHARITY CONCERT

Rotary Rose Bay are organising a lovely afternoon concert with the Sydney Welsh Choir in the beautiful St Mary Magdalene church at 835 New South Head Road Rose Bay.

The Sydney Welsh Choir has 80 members, male and female, drawn from all parts of the greater Sydney area. Since 1978 they have been responsible for putting the Wales into NSW. Not all choir members were born in Wales; some have Welsh family links while others simply like the music and the great atmosphere. Since 1990 the choir has made six trips to Wales and parts of Europe, and tour around NSW and interstate.

DATE:  Sunday 6 May 2018. Starting at 2 pm (sharp) till 4:30 pm at St Mary Magdalene Church , 835 New South Head Road, Rose Bay.

More information at Rose Bay Rotary [Facebook] and for information about the Sydney Welsh Choir see their website  [Facebook]. Tickets $20 with all proceeds to local charities – email RoseBayRotary@gmail.com for tickets.