Australian Chamber Choir. Image credit Emma Phillips
The Australian Chamber Choir is set to thrill audiences in Sydney and Melbourne this Christmas season with a program of Baroque ‘hits’ to bring seasonal joy to music lovers of all tastes.
Performing a program of popular appeal for adults and children alike in the atmospheric locale and spectacular acoustic of St Mary’s Cathedral Crypt, this program represents a “pick of the pops” by the Australian Chamber Choir’s director, Douglas Lawrence.
The program includes music by JS Bach (In dulci jubilo, Singet dem Herren, O Jesulein süss), Gabrieli, Praetorius, Sweelinck, Schütz and Scheidt.
Douglas Lawrence OAM, a world-class organist, established the ACC in 2007. In its young life, the choir has already toured Europe six times, giving some hundred concerts to sell-out audiences and winning critical acclaim. With a reputation for its “lucidly articulated” performances of Bach’s Motets, the choir has performed several times in Bach’s church, St Thomas’, Leipzig, including in the Bach Organ Festival. In 2015, it was hailed in the Danish press under the heading “Australian Choir in the Super League” and recognized as an honorary life member of Denmark’s oldest classical music festival, the Sorø International.
Members of the public are invited to travel with the Australian Chamber Choir on their seventh concert tour of Europe in 2019: St Martin-in-the-Fields London, Notre Dame Paris, Berlin Cathedral, Trinitatis Copenhagen. Guests will eat and drink with the singers, enjoy great music in fabulous buildings and have an altogether unique experience.
Tickets: $20 to $60
The program includes: Andreas Hammerschmidt (1611-75) Halleluia, freuet euch ihr Christen alle/ Giovanni Gabrieli (1557-1612) O Magnum Mysterium/ Michael Praetorius (1571-1621) Singt und klingt/ Bartholomäus Gesius (1562-1613) Ein Kind geborn zu Bethlehem/ Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) O Jesulein süss/ Johannes Eccard (1553-1611) Von Himmel hoch; Resonent in laudibus/ Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672): Das Wort ward Fleisch/ JS Bach Pastorale in F for organ (BWV 590)/ Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621) Hodie/ Martin Luther (1483-1546) Von Himmel hoch/ JS Bach/Johann Walter (1495-1570) In dulci jubilo/ Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654) In dulci jubilo/ Basque Traditional: The angel Gabriel (arranged David Willcocks)/ Anon. 16th Century, Cologne: Es ist ein Ros entsprungen/ JS Bach Singet dem Herren ein neues Lied