Melbourne Chamber Choir
Melbourne Chamber Choir
The choir has many times performed with the Melbourne Symphony and once with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and with the Chamber Strings of Melbourne; with the percussion ensemble Synergy, Orchestra Victoria and the Stonnington Symphony Orchestra. It has given a concert with the Corinthian Singers of Adelaide both in Adelaide and Melbourne and has shared a concert with the choir of the Basilica of the Blessed Sacrament, Christchurch, New Zealand. It has been involved in the Adelaide Festival and the Castlemaine Festival and took the lead in the Classical Spectacular, with the Melbourne Symphony, on Rod Laver Arena in the year 2000. In 2008 the choir provided choral music used in the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games. It has hosted, to 2017, along with the Melbourne Women’s Choir, fourteen Choral@Montsalvat festivals.
The Melbourne Chamber Choir has produced 2 records – O Come All Ye Faithful and For the Birds; and a Viva Vivaldi tape. It is on Virgin CD with the Melbourne Symphony in Bartok’s The Miraculous Mandarin and provided the Australian music backing for the CD-ROM Lights of Our Past – The History of Stained Glass in Australia. It has had media exposure on radio, television and film.
A charter commitment of the choir is to present Australian choral music, often premiering new works; and introducing new and challenging international music to Australian audiences. Programmes have included 2002 Marvellous Melbourne Musicians, in which all composers were born in Melbourne; 2004 The Wag with a Swag – an array of colourful and humorous pieces, premiering 10 works; 2006 a concert celebrating the life and music of Wendy Morrissey, who had written several works for the choir, and premiering Myths of Cloud; 2008 A Homage to Percy Grainger; and in its From East to West programme premiering Ode to a Plum Blossom of Julian Yu. In the Come, Come All Ye Saints 2009 concert all works were premieres, including Elliot Gyger’s The Journey. At Choral@Montsalvat the choir has premiered student composer works by May Andrewartha, James Wade, Meena Shamaly, Charles MacInnes, Catherine Sullivan, Courtney Williams and more.
Since 2013 the choir has been conducted by Dr David Kram, and is looking forward to presenting A German Requiem of Brahms alongside Victoria Chorale, Musica Venita (music of Venice), and the Bach Christmas Oratorio this year.