SYDNEY CHAMBER CHOIR
Conducted by Sam Allchurch
Sydney Chamber Choir has forged a reputation as one of Australia’s leading choral ensembles. In 2019 they perform “Time and Place” - a journey around the world and across the centuries in a constellation of choral gems linking Canada, the US, Ireland, Latvia and Australia through rich singing traditions, passion, tenderness and beauty of lush choral harmonies. At the heart of the program, lies two powerful meditations on the inescapable truth of time: David Conte’s “Invocation and Dance” in a celebration of nature’s cycles of death and renewal, and Jonathan Dove’s exquisite song cycle “The Passing of the Year”.
Adults $48 | Concession $45 | Students $25
School children Free with paying adult if booked via phone or the Box Office. Tel 4723 5050.
A journey around the world and across the centuries.
English by birth, Canadian by adoption, Irish by extraction and Scotch by absorption, Healey Willan’s lush choral harmonies explore the surprisingly sensual language of the Bible’s Song of Songs. Paul Stanhope’s I Have Not Your Dreaming is a tribute to the Australian poet Oodgeroo Noonuccal. Young Australian composer Ella Macens draws on the rich singing tradition of her Latvian heritage in Stāvi Stīvi, Ozoliņ. Passion, tenderness and loss shape the delicate beauty of Clare Maclean’s West Irish Ballad. René Clausen takes us out onto the mysterious expanses of the open sea in Tonight Eternity Alone; Morten Lauridson’s rhapsodic Nocturnes travel inward to reveal the deepest secrets of the night. And at the heart of the program, two powerful meditations on the inescapable truth of time: David Conte’s Invocation and Dance follows the poetry of Walt Whitman in a celebration of nature’s cycles of death and renewal, and Jonathan Dove’s exquisite song cycle The Passing of the Year.
Time & Place Repertoire
JONATHAN DOVE The Passing of the Year
HEALEY WILLAN Fair in Face
HEALEY WILLAN I Beheld Her, Beautiful as a Dove
HEALEY WILLAN Rise Up, My Love, My Fair One
PAUL STANHOPE I Have Not Your Dreaming
ELLA MACENS Stāvi Stīvi, Ozoliņ (Stand Strong, Oak Tree)
CLARE MACLEAN A West Irish Ballad
RENÉ CLAUSEN Tonight Eternity Alone
MORTEN LAURIDSEN Nocturnes
DAVID CONTE Invocation and Dance
Photo credit: Pedro Greig