Category Archives: Concert reviews

Anna Dowsley in Mozart’s ‘Cosi fan Tutte’

Earlier posts have reported on the rapidly developing career of mezzo Anna Dowsley, one of the Choir’s favourite soloists, since being highly commended by the judges in the 2012 Joan Carden Award and starring in our memorable Verdi Requiem in … Continue reading

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Tángalo!

Members will be aware that our talented and charming rehearsal pianist, Amy Putt, is a member of the Sydney-based modern tango quintet, that goes by the name of Tángalo. The quintet has no Hispanic members but aims for and achieves … Continue reading

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Franz von Suppé’s Requiem—‘Thus is the power of music’

The Grads 2016 concert season opened on Sunday 8th May with absolute éclat and elan, a promising introduction to an exciting season highlighting some little known, rarely-performed works. We believe that our performance of Franz von Suppé’s Requiem was an … Continue reading

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Handel’s ‘Israel in Egypt’ – 6 December 2015

The Choir successfully concluded a ground-breaking and musically satisfying year with its December Great Hall performance of Handel’s Israel in Egypt. Following our initial encounter with Dvořák’s choral music in May, and the logistical challenge of organizing the final of … Continue reading

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Mozart’s Requiem – the Chamber Choir sings at Gosford

On Sunday 2 August, the Chamber Choir provided singers to supplement the Central Coast Chorale (CCC) for a performance of Mozart’s wonderful Requiem KV626 at Gosford.  This was only the latest example of cooperation between the two choirs, which have … Continue reading

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An Australian War Requiem—review

Renowned mezzo-soprano Lauris Elms AM OBE attended the premiere of  ‘An Australian War Requiem’ on 10 August 2014, and has kindly provided the following review of the performance. In this century we have grown accustomed to war, and celebrating violence seems … Continue reading

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Christopher Bowen’s ‘An Australian War Requiem’ Premiered

On Sunday, 10 August in the Sydney Town Hall, the choir gave its second subscription concert of 2014, the premiere performance of Christopher Bowen’s and Pamela Traynor’s An Australian War Requiem, commissioned by the choir to mark the centenary of … Continue reading

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The Kornels and the Sydney Consort: Stabat Mater

In a blog item posted on 28 February, we reported on the first concert of 2014 by early music group, the Sydney Consort, which is led by the concert master of the Choir’s orchestra, violinist Stan Kornel, and has as … Continue reading

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More on Zelenka

Since giving our performance of the Missa Dei Patris by the little-known Jan Dismas Zelenka on 1 December, we have learned that one of the world’s leading authorities on the Bohemian composer lives in Melbourne: she is Dr Janice Stockigt, … Continue reading

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The Kornels and the Sydney Consort

In the Choir’s recent concerts (for example, our performance last December of Zelenka’s Missa Dei Patris), we have had the benefit of the company of violinist, Stan Kornel, as orchestra leader and his wife, keyboard player, Monika, on the chamber … Continue reading

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