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SAM ALLCHURCH PICKS UP RICHARD GILL’S BATON WITH HIS DEBUT CONCERT

The Sydney Chamber Choir has has a new Music Director Sam Allchurch. This is after the recent passing of its long time and much loved Music Director Richard Gill. Sam is picking up the baton with his debut concert Saturday week, 30th March at the Great Hall, Sydney University. Music lovers are in for a treat. Mr Allchurch  shared his thoughts about the first program he has curated.

Taking on the mantle of musical director of Sydney Chamber is a very exciting prospect for a choral conductor – something akin to be handed the keys to a Rolls-Royce!  

To begin our time together, for my first concert as Music Director, I was keen to perform one of the great motets of JS Bach, Singet dem Herren ‘Sing to the Lord a new song’. This is a tour de force of virtuoso choir writing and one of my favourite pieces: joyful and ebullient in its outer movements and beautifully reflective in the slow middle movement. I was also drawn to Singet by the skill of the singers in Sydney Chamber Choir, one of the few ensembles in Australia who can tackle music of this complexity.

I designed a program of music which is about music. In some cases this is obvious – from the Italian Renaissance, Palestrina’s Kyrie from Missa ut re mi fa so la is based on the major scale and Elliott Gyger’s ut queant laxis picks up on the same idea.

In other cases, the link is more subtle – Joseph Twist’s How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? and William Byrd’s Quomodo cantabimus set singing as a means of consolation in difficult times – Twist in contemporary Australia and Byrd in 16th century England. Twist’s piece combines the Latin psalm text with poetry of Oodgeroo Noonuccal to make us think about the relationship between what we are singing and where we are singing it. Continue reading SAM ALLCHURCH PICKS UP RICHARD GILL’S BATON WITH HIS DEBUT CONCERT

RICHARD GILL CONTINUES TO EDUCATE AND ENLIGHTEN WITH THE ARCO

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

The Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra announced Richard Gill Presents: A Voyage of Musical Discovery.

A series of Sydney concerts this series leads music lovers and students through music from the past and present in collaboration with renowned Australian contemporary, jazz and baroque ensembles.

Three brilliant and inspiring events at the City Recital Hall bring the world of music to life before the audience’s eyes,
taking an in-depth look at the most recent contemporary Australian music along with repertoire from the 18th and 19th centuries.

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SYDNEY CHAMBER CHOIR ANNOUNCES ITS 2017 SEASON

The Sydney Chamber Choir launched its 2017 season at an inner city function. Founded in 1975, the Choir has forged a reputation as one of Australia’s leading choral ensembles. 

Highly regarded for its interpretation of Renaissance and Baroque works, it is also a champion of contemporary Australian choral music, having commissioned and premiered scores of works by many established and emerging Australian composers.

In 2017 the Choir will be singing music by Hildegard von Bingen, Monteverdi, Buxtehude, Purcell, Bach, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Bruckner, Schoenberg, Britten and others. Cantatas, opera, lyric scenes and chant will be heard resounding throughout the Great Hall at the University of Sydney, a  perfect venue for this remarkable ensemble of musicians to display their talents.

As is the  Sydney Chamber Choir’s tradition most of the soloists will come from  the Choir. However Richard Butler will sing the role of St Nicolas in the eponymous Britten cantata. The N.S.W Public Schools senior singers, under the direction of Elizabeth Scott, will join  Richard Butler and the Choir in this work.

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SYDNEY CHAMBER CHOIR PRESENTS SIX TIMES THREE @ THE GREAT HALL, SYDNEY UNIVERSITY

Sydney Chamber Choir-Inset

SIX TIMES THREE, performed last Sunday afternoon at their home venue, the Great Hall at the University, was the final concert in the Sydney Chamber Choir’s fortieth anniversary year. The 2015 series motto, Life Begins At Forty, alluding to freshness and a fine future, was most applicable here.

The choir worked with Richard Gill OAM for this concert. In 2016 Gill takes over as musical director and conductor of the choir. Based on the quality of this concert audiences are assured of unique concerts, concise and thought-provoking commentary as well as stunning singing in the year ahead and then beyond.

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orchestra seventeen88 presents its Second Winter Festival @ Santa Sabina College

Inset pic- Ochestra88 Artistic Director and Conductor Richard Gill OAM. Featured pic- Guest soloist: Emma Black playing the historical oboe.

The combined talents of orchestra seventeen88 shine in the second annual Winter Festival, which fulfills the definition of a festival event. This focused gathering is a true celebration of historically informed performance (“HIP”).

The audience feasts on unique compositions and satisfying performances. This special time displays period-accurate performance through school visits and to adults at the concert venues.

In an afternoon, spent in the magnificent Chapel at Santa Sabina College Strathfield, Artistic Director Richard Gill has assembled a rewarding programme of works which instantly brings warmth to our winter.

This young orchestra of seasoned HIP enthusiasts plays some works written by composers when also in their youth. These include chamber music by twelve year-old Mendelssohn and a symphony by the sixteen year-old Mozart.

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Viennese Titans @ Sydney Grammar

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Flowers and plenty of acclaim for Georgia Browne, the concert’s outstanding soloist and prinicipal flautist. Pics by Nico Jonker

Orchestraseventeen88 is an orchestra which has been established to present the classical repertoire from the late Rococo to the Romantic era in Historically Informed Performance (HIP) style.  This means that the music is played on period instruments, in period style and using musical pitch relevant to each era and piece as well.

The Artistic Director of this new period instrument ensemble is Richard Gill OAM. For this Company’s first concert, eloquently titled AN EVENING WITH THE VIENNESE TITANS Racheel Beesley was the Concertmaster, Benjamin Bayl was the Conductor and Georgia Browne was the soloist and principal flautist.

The evening’s program consisted of three pieces:  The Creatures of Prometheus (Beethoven), Concerto No 1 for Flute and Orchestra in G Major (Mozart) and the very long Symphony in C Major (Schubert); that is, from an orchestral development point of view, Beethoven, pre-Beethoven and post-Beethoven. Continue reading Viennese Titans @ Sydney Grammar

FAURE’S REQUIEM

The Sydney Chamber Choir performing at their first concert for the year at the City Recital Hall,  Martin Place
The Sydney Chamber Choir performing at their first concert for the year at the City Recital Hall, Martin Place

The first Sydney Chamber Choir concert for 2014 collaborated with fine soloists and The Metropolitan Orchestra (TMO) to present musical ingenuity from over the past four and a half centuries. Guest conductor Richard Gill was faithful to every ground-breaking composer from each era. He wrought intelligent and measured performances not lacking in resounding climaxes and a wealth of nuance. The architecture and choices for instrumentation of each work were allowed to express themselves with clarity.

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RICHARD GILL IS THE NEW MUSICAL DIRECTOR OF THE SYDNEY CHAMBER CHOIR

Richard Gill, the Sydney Chamber Choir's New Musical Director. Pic Jeff Busby
Richard Gill, the Sydney Chamber Choir’s New Musical Director. Pic Jeff Busby

Australia’s most admired conductor and respected musical educator, Richard Gill, has been announced as the incoming Musical Director of the Sydney Chamber Choir. Richard will take over from Paul Stanhope who was recently appointed as Artistic Chair of the Australia Ensemble.

No stranger to the Sydney Chamber Choir, Richard Gill has been the Patron to the choir since 2009 and is guest conductor for the first concert of their 2014 season on Saturday April 12th at City Recital Hall, Angel Place.

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