ST JOHN'S SOUTHGATE Choristry is excited to partner with Sydney-based Ristretto Chamber Choir to perform a concert of music inspired by the night sky and our place in the universe.
Piano and a string quartet will accompany the choirs performing works by Ola Gjeilo, Ériks Ešenvalds, Arvo Pärt and a newly commissioned piece by young Australian composer Ella Macens, Look Up – the Sky is Glowing.
Choristry’s Artistic Director, Dan Walker has also arranged Sigur Rós’ stunning Starálfur alongside works by Depeche Mode.
Join Choristry and guest artist Trevor Jones as we explore the dimly-lit clubs of 1930s Europe, Off-Broadway New York and beyond in a performance of songs that celebrate the darker side of popular music.
Set in cabaret-style seating in Studio 1 at Chunky Move, we are delighted to present works from Kurt Weill, Noel Coward, Francis Poulenc, Ben Folds, Amanda Palmer, Sting and many more.
ST JOHN'S SOUTHGATE Choristry is delighted to present Aurora: a concert of heavenly music celebrating the Northern and Southern Lights.
Featuring some of today’s brightest and best choral composers from Scandinavia and the Baltic countries, Aurora will also feature works from several Australian composers, as well as the Melbourne premiere of Newfoundland composer Kathleen Allan’s The Frost.
Coupled with beautiful visual projections of both still and moving images and set in the sonorous surrounds of St John’s Southgate, Aurora will be sure to kindle your inner fire on a crisp winter’s night.
Choristry is delighted to bring you On the Threshold of Night, a collection of beautiful choral works by some of Britain’s most celebrated composers.
Spanning some four centuries, our musical sojourn includes the 16th century polyphony of Tallis and Byrd and Benjamin Britten’s extraordinary Hymn to St. Cecilia, as well as the inimitable sounds of contemporary composers such as Jonathan Dove, Tarik O’Regan and James MacMillan.
Join Choristry for a journey through the beautiful music of Italy’s 16th and 17th centuries, a period of stylistic change.
Our programme begins with the grandfather of Italian polyphony, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, and visits some of the great composers who ushered in this musical revolution.
From the tortured genius of composer-prince and murderer Carlo Gesualdo, to the gloriously lush work of Antonio Lotti, we will present a selection of repertoire from the real musical movers and shakers of this period, along with lesser-known composers such as Felice Anerio and Antonio Caldara.
This feast of sumptuous singing will haunt you, uplift you, and stir the senses.
Our final concert for the 2014 was Call of the Birds, held on Sunday the 23rd of November at 3pm at St John’s Lutheran Church in Southbank, and featuring guest conductor Dan Walker. This concert incorporated a collection of works celebrating the colours and sounds of the sky.
Featuring works by some of Australia’s finest choral composers, the first half of the program had a strong avian theme: Aria Award winning performer and composer Sally Whitwell’sA Hundred Thousand Birds, a nod to the pastoral English choral tradition of Vaughan Williams and Stamford; Sydney composer David Basden’s richly voiced a cappella work, The Birds; the Australian premiere of Dan Walker’sCall of the Birds; Iain Grandage’s setting of Bush Songs, as well as a clever arrangement of Lennon and McCartney’s timeless classic Blackbird.
Two carols by Australian composer William James signaled the halfway point of the program, and as dusk descended, stars took over as the source of beauty and wonderment in the sky. This bracket featured Ben Van Tienen’s Christmas-themed Just One Star, in an adaptation arranged specifically for Choristry, as well as arrangements of The Beach Boys' God Only Knows and Irish vocal trio The Wailin’ Jennys' The Parting Glass.