Next Concert: In Paradisum, 14 August 2022

In Paradisum
3pm to 5pm, Sunday 14 August 2022
The Great Hall, University of Sydney

In this concert the choir presents two great works: Fauré’s peaceful Requiem and Schubert’s beautiful Stabat Mater.

In his Requiem opus 48, the French composer Gabriel Fauré distilled some of the most beautiful melodies he ever composed. This well-loved work with its continually unfolding modulations is both tranquil and intense. It is dominated by the very human feeling of faith in eternal rest, without the terror and wrath of the Last Judgment.

Franz Schubert’s Stabat Mater D383 was preceded by an earlier Stabat Mater based on the Latin text. This latter composition is longer and more complex, and was inspired by a liberal German translation of the Latin text written by Friedrich Klopstock. In this work we experience a sequence of solos, duets and trios alternating with vibrant choruses. It is a choral symphonic masterpiece that represents Schubert at the height of his creative powers.

MUSIC DIRECTOR:
Christopher Bowen, OAM

SOLOISTS:
Soprano – Elke Hook
Tenor – Richard Butler
Bass – Andrew O’Connor

TICKETS:
$60 General Admission
$45 Pensioners (no Seniors Card)
$25 Children 16 and under & full-time students

BOOKINGS:
Purchase at the door from 2.15, or advance purchase online.

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Singing On! May Concert Postponed

Due to a number of our choristers contracting COVID-19, SUGC will be postponing our first concert for the year, which was to be held this Sunday, to Sunday 5 June. We do hope you can join us on the new date!

The performance will feature a curated collection of choral and instrumental pieces in a style similar to that of the very popular and enjoyable concert we presented at Fort Street High School in May 2021.

Our program is as follows:

Gloria Patri – Saint-Saëns
Gellert Lieder Op.48 – Beethoven (arr. Bowen)
Morgen – Richard Strauss (Soprano)
Flow my tears – Dowland (arr. Bowen)
4 Gesänge Op. 17 – Brahms
Nachthelle Op.134 – Schubert
L’alba separa dalla luce l’ombra  – Tosti (Tenor)
Those were the days – Raskin/Fomin (arr. Bowen)
Alleluia –  Bowen
Divertimento in F major KV.138  – Mozart  (String Quartet)
Diffugere nives – Courtney Cousins
Chanson de mai Romance sans paroles – Hasselmans (Harp)
Chanson dans la nuit  –   Salzedo (Harp)
Kjaerlighed  – Grieg (Soprano)
Vandring I skogen  – Grieg (Soprano)
Cantique de Jean Racine Op.11 – Fauré
À Chloris – Hahn (Tenor)
Tantum ergo Op.55 – Fauré
West Side Story – Bernstein    

Diffugere Nives is a new choral work by young Sydney composer Courtney Cousins. This work was especially commissioned by the Sydney University Graduate Choir; its world premiere will take place at this concert. 

These works will be accompanied, in various combinations, by piano, string quartet and harp.

The concert will be conducted by our distinguished music director, Christopher Bowen OAM.

Amy Moore once again joins us as our soprano soloist. Amy is an accomplished soloist whose broad repertoire includes a particular focus on baroque and contemporary music.

Nathan Bryon, a young tenor, is an emerging star who has rapidly distinguished himself as an operatic singer and Oratorio soloist with Sydney orchestras and choirs

Noah Peres will provide his brilliant piano accompaniment for our concert. 

We are pleased to be able to accept NSW Discover vouchers for this concert. However, these can only be redeemed for tickets purchased in person. Please present your voucher at the door to claim your $25 saving.

We will perform once again at the historic Fort Street High School in Petersham.

The concert will take place on Sunday 5 June at 3pm

I do hope that you’ll be able to join us for this very special concert.

Warmest regards, 

Jane Sinclair
President, Sydney University Graduate Choir

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Next Concert: Singing On! 2022

Another challenging year has passed and the Grads are “Singing On” once again. Our first concert for 2022 will be a curated collection of choral and instrumental pieces, in a style similar to that of the very popular and enjoyable concert we presented at Fort Street High School in May 2021.

Our varied program includes pieces by Dowland, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Bowen and others. It features a medley of songs from Bernstein’s masterpiece, West Side Story, and Beethoven’s Gellert Lieder, arranged for four-part choir by Christopher Bowen. We will also perform Fauré’s beautiful Cantique de Jean Racine.

The concert includes a new choral work – Diffugere Nives — by young Sydney composer Courtney Cousins. This work was especially commissioned by the Sydney University Graduate Choir; its world premiere will take place at this concert.

These works will be accompanied, in various combinations, by piano, string quartet and harp.

The concert will be conducted by our distinguished music director, Christopher Bowen OAM.

Amy Moore once again joins us as our soprano soloist. Amy is an accomplished soloist whose broad repertoire includes a particular focus on baroque and contemporary music.

Nathan Bryon, a young tenor, is an emerging star who has rapidly distinguished himself as an operatic singer and Oratorio soloist with Sydney orchestras and choirs

Noah Peres will provide his brilliant piano accompaniment for our concert We are pleased to be able to accept NSW Discover vouchers for this concert. However, these can only be redeemed for tickets purchased in person. Please present your voucher at the door to claim your $25 saving.

We will perform once again at the historic Fort Street High School in Petersham.

The concert takes place on Sunday 8 May at 3pm

I do hope that you’ll be able to join us for this very special concert.

Purchase your tickets at the door from 2.15, or advance purchase at https://www.trybooking.com/eventlist/sydneyunigraduatechoir

Jane Sinclair
President, Sydney University Graduate Choir

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2022 Season

Our program for 2022 has now been finalised and we are pleased to invite you to join us in celebrating our 70th anniversary year. This is also the 30th year that the Sydney University Graduate Choir has had the privilege of singing under the direction of Christopher Bowen OAM.

If you are a subscriber who deferred part or all of your subscription tickets because concerts were cancelled during 2020 or 2021, you will be eligible for credits toward this year’s subscription. Each of you will soon receive an email advising you about the credit you are entitled to.

Discover NSW vouchers may be used toward the cost of tickets or subscriptions.

If you have not done so before, we would encourage you to consider subscribing to this series, as a subscription provides substantial savings compared with single ticket purchases. 

Here is our 2022 program:

May: Sunday 8th. (Mothers’ Day) ‘Singing On 2022’. This concert offers a curated collection of choral and instrumental pieces, similar to our very successful May 2021 concert.

August: Sunday, 14th. ‘In Paradisum’. In this concert we present Fauré’s well-loved “Requiem” and Schubert’s serene “Stabat Mater”, at The Great Hall, University of Sydney.

November: Sunday 13th. Sydney Sings™ ‘Imagine …’ This concert will deliver the inaugural performance of “The Redfern Oratorio”, a new piece written by composer Christopher Bowen and librettist Pamela Traynor. Commissioned by Robyn Williams AO, it is based on Paul Keating’s 1992 Redfern Speech, which was delivered 30 years ago this year and represented a significant turning point in terms of policies affecting Indigenous Australians. This concert, which will be held at the Sydney Town Hall with a guest choir, also includes a performance of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”.

The Brochure included here provides you with details of subscriptions, ticket purchasing and guest choir participation.

We greatly appreciate your support for the Sydney University Graduate Choir and look forward to the opportunity to come together once again, to share the joy of music.

Jane Sinclair
President, Sydney University Graduate Choir

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Anna Dowsley – Career Progress

The photo shows Anna on the stage of the opera theatre in Bari, with her daughter, Maddie.

Members will be interested to hear that Anna Dowsley (mezzo), one of the Grads’ favourite soloists, is making an excellent professional career, in Australia and Europe.  Anna was highly commended by the judges in the Joan Carden Award of 2012 and, as a result, sang the mezzo solo in our performance of the Verdi Requiem to celebrate the great composer’s bicentenary in April 2013. Since that landmark concert for the Choir, Anna has sung with us on numerous occasions.

Anna has won a number of prestigious awards, including the Marianne Mathy Australian Singing Award and the Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship, both in 2012, and the Australian Opera Award in 2019.

She has also sung a number of principal roles in Opera Australia (OA) productions, including Don Giovanni,The Marriage of Figaro and Cosi Fan Tutte of Mozart, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and The Turk in Italy, and Gounod’s Faust. Recently, Anna has sung some important roles in European opera houses, including Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni in Bari, Italy. Most strikingly, Anna is currently playing the huge title role in Bizet’s Carmen in the State Theatre of Nuremberg in Germany.

Scheduled engagements for Anna in Australia for 2022 include: the title role in Pinchgut Opera’s Orontea, by Antonio Cesti, in May/June; a national tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) in June performing Bach; and, in August, a solo role in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Mendelssohn’s Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, conducted by Simone Young, which is to be given in collaboration with Belvoir Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s play (this promises to be a delightful event, as Mendelssohn’s music is as charming as the comedy it accompanies).

Anna’s personal life is also taking on an extra richness. She and her partner, Jonathan Abernethy, tenor, also a principal artist with OA, have a ten month old daughter, Madelyn (‘Maddie’),who is with her in Europe.

It is very gratifying to see how Anna’s career is developing and that she remains very well-disposed towards the Choir.

John Bowan

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2022 Season

Our program for 2022 has now been finalised, although a little fine-tuning is still taking place. We are pleased to introduce you to this program marking our 70th anniversary year. This is also the thirtieth year that the Sydney University Graduate Choir has had the privilege of singing under the direction of Christopher Bowen OAM. We hope that you will consider subscribing to this series and note the dates in your 2022 calendar.

‘Singing On 2022’
​Date: Sunday, 8th May 2022
Location: Fort Street High School

This concert offers a curated collection of choral and instrumental pieces, similar to our very successful May 2021 concert.

‘In Paradisum’
Date: Sunday, 14 August 2022
Location: The Great Hall, University of Sydney

In this concert we present Fauré’s well-loved Requiem and Schubert’s serene Stabat Mater, at The Great Hall, University of Sydney.

Sydney Sings™ ‘Imagine…’
Date: Sunday, 13 November 2022
Location: Sydney Town Hall

This concert will deliver the inaugural performance of The Redfern Oratorio. Commisioned by Dr. Robyn Williams AO and composed by Christopher Bowen OAM, the piece is based on Paul Keating’s 1992 Redfern Speech, which represented a significant turning point in terms of policies affecting Indigenous Australians. This concert will be held at the Sydney Town Hall with a guest choir, and includes a performance of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.

With the dates safely on your 2022 calendar, look out for further email updates with details of subscriptions, ticket purchasing and guest choir participation. We greatly appreciate your support for the Sydney University Graduate Choir and look forward to the opportunity to come together once again, to share the joy of music.

Jane Sinclair
President, Sydney University Graduate Choir

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August 15th – In Paradisum

It will not come as a surprise that we have had to abandon the planned performance of the Faure Requiem and the Schubert Stabat Mater at the Pitt Street Uniting Church on August 15. At this stage we are still considering options for a possible performance of those works in December.

We are still hoping to be able to stage the Sydney Sings performance of Haydn’s Creation on November 14th, however you will understand that this will need to be kept under review also.

In the event one or both of the remaining 2021 concerts do not proceed this year, if you have already bought tickets we will offer the same options as we did last year:

· Deferral of ticket(s) to 2022
· Donation of the value of the ticket(s) to the SUGC Public Fund
· A refund of the value of the ticket(s).

We greatly appreciate your support for the Sydney University Graduate Choir and look forward to the day when we can once more come together to share the joy of music.

Very best wishes,

Jane Sinclair

President, Sydney University Graduate Choir

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Next Concert: In Paradisum


In Paradisum
3pm to 5pm, Sunday 15 August 2021
Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt Street, Sydney

In this concert the choir presents two great works: Fauré’s peaceful Requiem and Schubert’s beautiful Stabat Mater.

In his Requiem opus 48, the French composer Gabriel Fauré distilled some of the most beautiful melodies he ever composed. This well-loved work with its continually unfolding modulations is both tranquil and intense. It is dominated by the very human feeling of faith in eternal rest, without the terror and wrath of the Last Judgment.

Franz Schubert’s Stabat Mater D383 was preceded by an earlier Stabat Mater based on the Latin text. This latter composition is longer and more complex, and was inspired by a liberal German translation of the Latin text written by Friedrich Klopstock. In this work we experience a sequence of solos, duets and trios alternating with vibrant choruses. It is a choral symphonic masterpiece that represents Schubert at the height of his creative powers.

Music Director:
Christopher Bowen, OAM

Soloists:
Soprano – Elke Hook
Tenor – Richard Butler
Bass – Andrew O’Connor

Tickets:
$55 General Admission
$40 Pensioners (no Seniors Card)
$25 Children 16 and under & full-time students

Bookings:
Purchase at the door from 2.15, or advance purchase at
https://www.trybooking.com/eventlist/sydneyunigraduatechoir

Media Contact:
Margaret Vickers
pr@sugc.com.au

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Calling all singers!

November 14th 2021 – Sydney Sings(TM) Haydn’s Die Schöpfung (The Creation)

Sydney University Graduate Choir will once again present a Sydney Sings(TM) event this year at the Sydney Town Hall on Sunday 14th November, Joseph Haydn’s wonderfully uplifting Die Schöpfung. Please hold this date, if you are interested in joining us for this great work. We will sing under the baton of our acclaimed Music Director, Christopher Bowen OAM, whom you will recall from previous Sydney Sings(TM) events.

The choir invites singers to join us on the day, and invites audience members to come along and enjoy the great sound of many voices, soloists and orchestra.

Date and times: We will all rehearse together in the Sydney Town Hall in the morning of Sunday 14 November, arriving around 8.15 – 8:45am, and perform the concert in the afternoon from 3.00pm. Lunch break 1.00 – 2.00pm
There will also be a full day rehearsal on Saturday 13 November and a half day rehearsal (soprano/alto morning, tenor/bass afternoon) on Saturday 6 November.

In past years Sydney Sings(TM) has performed great works including the Messiah, Verdi’s Requiem, Christopher Bowen’s An Australian War Requiem and most recently, the Brahms German Requiem in 2019. Many guest singers enjoyed these performances immensely and are very keen to repeat the experience with Die Schöpfung. We are also eager to welcome new guest singers to the ranks. It promises to be a great day!

Save the date(s), get out your Creation score if you have one, and start practicing! We will announce when the website is ready to take your registrations.

Looking forward to singing Haydn’s Die Schöpfung (The Creation) with you in November!

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Australian War Requiem on ABC Classic FM

We are delighted to announce that ABC Classic FM will broadcast the Sydney University Graduate Choir’s 2018 performance of the Australian War Requiem as the Lunchtime Concert (1.00 – 3.00pm) on Anzac Day this year.

The Australian War Requiem was composed by the Choir’s Music Director, Christopher Bowen OAM. It is a work of great depth and emotion, creating a powerful homage to those who suffered so much death and destruction as a result of the ‘war to end all wars’. It was performed in the Sydney Town Hall by the SUGC choir and orchestra, with guest choristers, a children’s choir and soloists to mark the Centenary of the Armistice of 11 November 1918. Whether you were able to attend this concert or not, the opportunity to listen to this extraordinary work should not be missed.

Christopher Bowen’s idea was to create a musical composition inspired by the letters Australian soldiers wrote to their mothers during the war. The librettist, Pamela Traynor, immersed herself in hundreds of these letters, but also included in her text words of love and sorrow that had been written by mothers to their sons. The resulting composition provides a moving reflection on the pity of war.

The soloists for this performance were the late Taryn Fiebig (Soprano), Ashlyn Tymms (Mezzo-soprano), Andrew Goodwin (Tenor), Adrian Tamburini (Bass) and Wade Kernot (Bass).

The Choir would like to take this opportunity to express its deep sorrow at the recent passing of Taryn Fiebig.

You can read more information about the work, including the full libretto (p.30), in the concert program from 2018 here and of course there is also our dedicated Australian War Requiem web site.

We hope you enjoy this outstanding work of commemoration on Anzac Day.

Jane Sinclair
President, Sydney University Graduate Choir

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