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A lesson in vocal mastery

On Sunday 14 June, seven young semi-finalists will each perform two works of their choosing, as part of the second round of this year’s Joan Carden Award. To have seven talented vocalists is a testament to the level of interest … Continue reading

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SSO to perform Czech music

Grads choristers and audience members still transported by Dvořák’s Stabat Mater can extend their emotional stay in Bohemia until early in June, when the SSO, under Chief Conductor and Artistic Director David Robertson, will give a concert of Czech music. … Continue reading

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Dvořák’s Stabat Mater: A brilliant start to the year

The Choir’s 2015 concert season got off to a brilliant start with a Great Hall performance on 3 May of Dvořák’s wonderful Stabat Mater. Dvořák marked a new direction in Grads’ repertoire and a thoroughly satisfying one at that. In … Continue reading

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Career Progress of Grads’ Soloists

Members may be interested in the promising career progress being made by a couple of our younger soloists. Baritone Alexander Knight has sung with us on a few occasions: in Handel’s Messiah in the Sydney Town Hall and Saul; and … Continue reading

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Entries are now open for the Joan Carden Award 2015

Are you a talented young singer, aged between 22 and 35? The Sydney University Graduate Choir is pleased to invited you to be part of this exciting and prestigious event. Entries can be submitted online at the Joan Carden Award … Continue reading

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Sydney University Graduate Choir—our 2015 subscription series

  Rehearsals have begun for our 2015 concert season, and it is already shaping up to be a terrific series of performances. Our first offering of the year is Dvořák’s intensely moving Stabat Mater. Completed in 1877 and underpinned by … Continue reading

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The Joan Carden Award—a brief history

A highlight of this year’s Sydney University Graduate Choir concert series will be the conduct of the prestigious Joan Carden Award. As we prepare to open the application process for prospective competitors, it is timely to provide a brief history … Continue reading

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Christmas at the Town Hall

Christmas at the Town Hall has become the traditional ‘end of year’ celebration for the Grads, and so it was on this past Tuesday night (16 December). The tragic circumstances of the 24 hours prior had prompted a last-minute reshaping … Continue reading

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An English Winter’s Evening

On Sunday, 7 December, after the huge organizational challenge of mounting the premiere of Christopher Bowen’s An Australian War Requiem in the Sydney Town Hall in August, we returned to our home ground, the Great Hall of the University, to … Continue reading

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‘So great a beauty’—An English Winter’s Evening

Our year is drawing to a close—the days are growing longer and hotter, saturated in the scent of the flowers and crowned by the purple of the jacaranda. Summer and Christmas are almost here. But in England, Autumn’s colours have … Continue reading

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