Melbourne Women’s Choir

Melbourne Women’s Choir

Melbourne Women's ChoirThe Melbourne Women’s Choir celebrates its 25th birthday in 2018. In every year it has provided Melbourne with a colourful and vibrant concert series, and this year is offering three delightful and contrasting events for your pleasure – How Romantic, favourites of the Romantic era, sacred and secular; Virtuoso Women, beautiful music of orphan virtuosi of Venice, including extended works by Vivaldi, Hasse and Ristori; and, for Christmas, its beautiful annual Carols in the Chapel at Abbotsford Convent.

The choir has a memorable history. Its first concert was to sing at the Melbourne-hosted Women Composer’s Conference. It has sung with the Melbourne Symphony, the Sydney Symphony and the Stonnington Symphony orchestras; has appeared on the TV Football Show; and was one of the choirs in the Classical Spectacular on Rod Laver Arena in the year 2000. It has shared concerts with women’s choirs, the Japanese Kanazawa choir and the New Zealand Cecilian Singers; and with male choirs – the Gwent Male Choir of Wales and the Adelaide Male Choir, as well as several with the Melbourne Mastersingers. It has taken part in a gospel musical in St Patrick’s Cathedral, has hosted several Voices of Women festivals, and attended a similar one in Adelaide in 2006 and hosted, last year, its 10th Voices of Women Festival. Sharing with the Melbourne Chamber Choir, it has hosted fifteen Choral@Montsalvat festivals; has donned nuns costumes to do a Sister Act show at the Sofitel Hotel; and has provided backing music for a film and a video game.

In 2016 the choir sang seven memorable performance in Europe – in London, Cambridge, Paris, Geneva and Venice.

In addition to its concert series the choir has a number of wedding engagements, two Masses at St Carthage’s Catholic Church in Parkville, singing at the Kew Festival Interfaith Service and will share in a Carol Evening with with the nuns of the Carmelite Monastery in Kew.

The choir has two CDs –

Virtuoso Women – sacred music from orphanages of Venice;
My Song in the Night – sacred and secular music of great beauty from varied eras.

These are available for purchase here.