Melbourne Chamber Choir

Melbourne Chamber Choir

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The Melbourne Chamber Choir has been a distinguished contributor to the Melbourne choral scene for more than thirty years. Our small, four-part choir (SATB) prides itself on performing chamber works from Medieval to contemporary times, as well as showcasing new Australian works.

Highlights since 2014 have included Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, a program of music from the Golden Age of Roman music, Poulenc’s beautiful and rarely performed Stabat Mater, Haydn’s Creation (in partnership with Victoria Chorale), and Tchaikovsky’s 9 Sacred Pieces. In 2017 we performed, with brass and organ, a program of Venetian Renaissance music and were part of a major premiere of Dr David Kram’s John Monash Peace Cantata at the Arts Centre, Hamer Concert Hall. We performed Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, in partnership with the Australian Bach Society from 2014 to 2017, the last two performance taking place in St Paul’s Cathedral. In 2018 we presented a program of French and Russian liturgical music in Melbourne and in St Mary’s of the Angels Basilica Geelong as guests of the Music at The Basilica series. In September we travelled to France, where we performed the John Monash Peace Cantata with French choirs and orchestra in Amiens and reprised our very successful French and Russian liturgical concert in Villers-Bretonneux. The year ended with a performance of Handel’s Oratorio Solomon, at Temple Beth Israel, St Kilda.

Alan Cook takes on the role of Musical director of Melbourne Chamber choir in 2019, after six years under the direction of Dr David Kram. Alan Cook is a conductor, opera coach, and musicologist with many years of experience across a wide range of operatic and symphonic repertoire who has been described as “producing a lush, richly coloured soundscape” at the podium. A Graduate of the VCA, he also studied conducting in Italy with Bruno Aprea of the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia and has performed in many countries including Austria, Italy, Spain, and Russia many masterpieces of Italian and Russian repertoire Recent performances include Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, Kashchey the Immortal by Rimsky-Korsakov at the Melbourne Recital Centre, and Il Trovatore.

Our 2019 Program

Our concerts for 2019 include:
Saturday 13 April – JS Bach St John Passion, Toorak Uniting Church
Sunday 5 May – Choral@Montsalvat
Friday 16 August – Sergey Rachmaninov All Night Vigil (Vespers)Russian Orthodox Church, Brunswick East
Saturday 30 November – Gloria in Excelsis Deo! Rutter’s Gloria and other English Choral Masters, All Saints Anglican Church East, St Kilda

Rehearsals

The choir rehearses every Thursday night, from 7.30 until 10.00pm, at St Mary’s Anglican Church, 430 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne.

Becoming a member of the choir

Melbourne Chamber Choir accepts new members throughout the year as vacancies arise. Acceptance into the choir is via an audition, which assess the applicant’s ability in terms of vocal technique, fluency in reading music and the ability to blend well with other members of the choir. All successful auditionees undergo a six-month trial period before full membership is achieved.

For more information, contact:

Anne Smithies (Co-President) at asmithies55@gmail.com
Alan Cook (Music Director) at cookap@outlook.com