Elijah and Dvořák

We hope you and your loved ones are well following the Lockdown period. Perhaps you are now beginning to see some family members and friends, all the while retaining the physical distancing and hand-washing recommended.  But still we cannot go to the theatre or the concert hall.

During this period the choir has not been able to meet, and the best advice at present is that large choirs are not expected to be able to rehearse together this year.

We are very sad to advise you that we must cancel our plans to sing Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” in November this year. We hope to sing it at some time in the future.

To keep in touch and remind you what a thrill it is to hear the great choral works, we are offering the opportunity to listen to one of our most-loved past performances in the Great Hall of Sydney University– the Dvorak Stabat Mater from May 2015.  It will be available for 2 weeks, to July 26th. Please alert your music-loving friends to this opportunity.

Dvořák – Stabat Mater
Sydney University Graduate Choir and Orchestra conducted by Christopher Bowen
With soloists: Lucinda-Mirikata Deacon, Ashlyn Tymms, David Hamilton and Adrian Tamburini
Click here to hear it
And here to read the accompanying program

And look out for more music videos on the SUGC YouTube channel soon!

As you are no doubt aware, Covid19 has had a devastating effect on artists and the Music industry throughout the country. The choir has had to postpone its entire 2020 concert program.

As a completely volunteer organisation without government or University funding, we are entirely dependent on singing fees, ticket sales and donations to continue our commitments to bring great choral music with a professional orchestra and soloists to our audiences. Our professional Music Director, Christopher Bowen, has kept choristers active with small “Zoom” singing sessions and advice on individual practice so that we will be ready to return to performing as soon as larger gatherings are permitted.

If you have enjoyed our performances, we would be most grateful if you could consider a donation to help keep the choir going. All donations over $2 are tax deductible. You will find details here:

If you have subscription tickets or individual tickets for the November 8 “Elijah” concert in the Sydney Town Hall you will receive a separate note about these tickets.

Our thanks and very best wishes,

Jane Sinclair

President, Sydney University Graduate Choir

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