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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

SYDNEY CHAMBER CHOIR PRESENTS DIXIT DOMINUS @ CITY RECITAL HALL

Ian Grandage

Above: Composer Ian Grandage. Featured image: Group shot of the Sydney Chamber Choir. Pic by Keith Saunders.

The title of this concert suggests we are to be entertained by the talents of the Sydney Chamber Choir with historical works based on religious texts from the Christian tradition.

That was very much the case as guest conductor Jonathan Grieves-Smith guided the choir and string players from the Orchestra of the Antipodes through interpretations of Handel and Bach. These performances were both sensitive and strong. Continue reading SYDNEY CHAMBER CHOIR PRESENTS DIXIT DOMINUS @ CITY RECITAL HALL