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Sydney University Graduate Choir ‘In Paradisum’

August 15, 2021 @ 3:00 pm

Directed by Christopher Bowen, OAM, the Sydney University Graduate Choir presents two great works: Fauré’s Requiem and Schubert’s Stabat Mater.

In his Requiem, Op. 48, the French composer Gabriel Fauré distilled some of the most beautiful melodies he ever composed. This well-loved work with its continually unfolding modulations is both tranquil and intense. It is dominated by the very human feeling of faith in eternal rest, without the terror and wrath of the Last Judgment.

Franz Schubert’s Stabat Mater D383 was preceded by an earlier Stabat Mater based on the Latin text. This latter composition is longer and more complex, and was inspired by a liberal German translation of the Latin text written by Friedrich Klopstock. In this work we experience a sequence of solos, duets and trios alternating with vibrant choruses. It is a choral symphonic masterpiece that represents Schubert at the height of his creative powers.

Soloists include soprano Elke Hook, tenor Richard Butler and bass Andrew O’Connor


or at the door from 2.15pm

This concert remains on schedule despite the current lockdown, so please keep Sunday August 15th free in your diary. And with the decision by the NSW government to extend the scheme to August 31st, ‘Discover’ vouchers may be used to purchase tickets for In Paradisum via the TryBooking site or at the door.

Please note that this will be a COVID-compliant event. Ticket refunds, or credits for future concerts, will be available if COVID restrictions force the cancellation of the event.



Pitt Street Uniting Church
264 Pitt Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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