I enjoyed your concerts so much … It’s very rare in our country to listen to choirs with this level of singing.

Endorsement: Klaus Kuchling, Cathedral Organist, Klagenfurt, Austria, August 2, 2017

The concert was absolutely top class. It was an unforgettable experience for all those who attended. Douglas Lawrence, as conductor, is able to draw the absolute best out of his singers. I drove home feeling elated.

Endorsement: Markus Karas, Cantor/Director of Music – Diaconate of Bonn, Germany, July 28, 2017

The voices of the 19 young singers are trained at the highest level.  A lightning-crisp intonation rings through a naturally blended sound. The unaccompanied works of the evening begun in perfect tune without any preparatory humming, as the choir wended its way with the greatest security through music of many periods and styles. … Read more

Echo, Darmstadt, July 20, 2017

The Coronation Gloria delivered a triumphal entry to the program with bold brass accompaniment and the choir in full and confident voice. The spine tingles started here.

… Read more

Classic Melbourne, April 6, 2017

they created a sound that was as pure as crystal, beautifully blended, clearly articulated and unanimous in execution of phrasing and dynamics.

 

… Read more

Sounds Like Sydney, August 23, 2016

Douglas Lawrence and Elizabeth Anderson do a phenomenal job running the wonderful enterprise that is the Australian Chamber Choir. It is truly inspirational!

Dr David Irving FAHA, Senior Lecturer, Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne, April 14, 2016

unerring vibrance and clarity of vocal production …
The Australian Chamber Choir, now well established, is one of Australia’s most significant musical ensembles, for the quality of performance, the breadth of its repertoire, its commissioning of new Australian works, and its international reputation. It deserves to be well supported into the future for the significant role it plays in our national cultural life. … Read more

Tom Healey, Acting Director of Music, The Choir of Trinity College, University of Melbourne, April 12, 2016


The Australian Chamber Choir and Melbourne Baroque Orchestra treated a full house at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church to a remarkably assured performance of Bach’s Mass in B minor …  The ACC has made it a trademark to use its choristers as soloists, and this choice is justified given the depth of talent in its ranks.  … The choir and orchestra revelled in the joyous chorus movements, conveying both an understanding and appreciation of the music. … Read more

CutCommonMag.com, April 7, 2016

The many listeners … were totally captivated by the marvellous sounds conjured by the Australian Chamber Choir … At the end there were several minutes of standing ovation.
… Read more

Schwäbische Zeitung, July 17, 2015

Magnificent! Transporting! Phenomenal! … Read more

Schwäbische Zeitung, July 17, 2015

delivered with complete stylistic perfection

… Read more

Dagbladet, Ringsted, July 8, 2015

AUSTRALIAN CHOIR IN SUPER LEAGUE

… Read more

Dagbladet, Ringsted, Denmark, July 8, 2015

The Australian Chamber Choir captivated the audience with their amazing expression, … rendered the harmony with orchestral perfection.

… Read more

Echo, Darmstadt, July 4, 2015

in music that seems to penetrate into visionary dreamscapes … The choristers consistently impressed with their exploration of sonority and atmospheric depth

… Read more

Echo, Darmstadt, July 4, 2015

The … singers … moved with ease between rich balmy textures and the most stunning piano sound. … in the face of … harmonic audacity, the intonation always rang pure.

… Read more

Echo, Darmstadt, July 4, 2015

This was the choir at its best – secure of entry, pure of intonation, its long phrases firmly moving forward and with excellent solo offerings in both the Sanctus and Agnus Dei.

… Read more

Soul of Anzac: Review, March 22, 2015

Chamber Choir take command of challenging work

… Read more

The Age, November 11, 2014


The choir’s flawless intonation, impeccable blend, marvellously pure intervals, seamless contrapuntal vocal movement and their careful emphasis on text delivered an exceptional concert. … Read more

Sydney Morning Herald, June 9, 2014

… as TS Eliot might have said, between the sheet music and the concert falls the shadow. Hearing … Vaughan Williams’s little-known John Bunyan setting from 1940, Valiant For Truth … left me and the other audience members … gob-smacked. I still had not quite recovered from the visceral power of this unsuspected masterpiece … … Read more

Organ Australia June, 2013, October 26, 2013

The juxtaposition of works from the past and present emphasised the highly-professional quality of the choir, and their succinctness of tone and dynamics. Each work was demanding in its own right, and the security and ease shown by the choir in their dedication to each was particularly inspiring.
… Read more

Sächsische Zeitung, July 23, 2013

A journey between tradition and modernity allowed the audience to listen, dream, be carried away and seemingly float on a bed of sound. A wonderfully satisfying experience! … Read more

Sächsische Zeitung, July 23, 2013

In “Bridge of Dreams”, the 18 young singers created a dazzling and wonderfully varied aural experience, using only their voices to build bridges between a range of centuries, styles, nations and beliefs. … Read more

Sächsische Zeitung, July 23, 2013

DREAMS OF SOUND

The Australian Chamber Choir – a dazzling aural experience … Read more

Sächsische Zeitung, July 23, 2013

The choir has visited Wangen several times as part of its various international tours, and with their sophisticated sound and self-evident virtuosity, continue to astound their public with the most demanding choral repertoire. Baroque works stand opposite very modern choral pieces. The choir makes light work of switching from one style to another, surprising the audience with rousing spirituals as encores”. … Read more

Schwäbische Zeitung, Germany. Trans.E.Anderson, July 22, 2013

About one and a half minutes into Anne Boyd’s work I closed my eyes … and I was in heaven”.

Legnica, Poland

Bartosz Jakubczak, Professor of Organ, Royal Academy of Music, London, July 16, 2013

A standing ovation from the large audience was rewarded with an encore. Legnica’s Minister for Culture commented that the programme was particularly interesting due to the performance of less familiar works by Australian composers which the audience loved”
… Read more

Legnickie Conversatorium Organowe, Poland, July 16, 2013

The audience was overcome with admiration for the “angel-voices” of the Australian Chamber Choir. … Read more

Zielona Góra University News, July 15, 2013

Douglas Lawrence, like a lion-tamer blends the voices of … 18 young hand-picked and … super-musical singers into a finely-tuned ensemble” … Read more

Berlingske Tidende, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 11, 2013

‘I ain’t got long to stay here’: With these words the Australian Chamber Choir ended their Wednesday concert in Sorø’s Klosterkirke. And following their third encore, the American Spiritual, ‘Steal away’, the choir and their conductor, Douglas Lawrence processed down the long aisle of the abbey, with a standing audience applauding enthusiastically on either side.” … Read more

Berlingske Tidende, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 11, 2013

Christine McCombe’s … captivating work was followed by the highlight of the evening: a finely crafted, riveting and transparent rendition of Bach’s motet for double choir Fürchte dich nicht … Read more

Darmstädter Echo, Germany. Trans.E.Anderson, July 5, 2013

The Australian Chamber Choir … presented as  a professional and dynamic ensemble, whose 18 members navigated this demanding program with a firm sense of style and expressive delivery … Read more

Darmstädter Echo, Germany. Trans.E.Anderson, July 5, 2013

BUILDING BRIDGES WITH MUSIC … Read more

Darmstädter Echo, Germany. Trans.E.Anderson, July 5, 2013

The choir fulfilled the conductor’s intentions with exactitude, clarity and deep understanding. Exemplary intonation and astounding rhythmic precision are Lawrence’s hallmarks, to which the choir responds with beautiful, transparent and evocative soundscapes”.

… Read more

Augsburger Allgemeine, Trans. Brent Annable, July 3, 2013

Under Douglas Lawrence’s inspirational direction,  a strange, labyrinthine cosmos evolved, highlighting the capabilities of all the singers and conjuring up both mystical depths and dazzling highlights”.  … Read more

Augsburger Allgemeine. Trans. Brent Annable, July 3, 2013

The Australian Chamber Choir … demonstrated impressive versatility in a scintillating programme. They built bridges between Indigenous Australian and western culture, between the old world and the new world, and between the music of three continents and five centuries …”

… Read more

Augsburger Allgemeine, trans Brent Annable, July 3, 2013

The choir demonstrated an astounding ability to effect a complete musical about-face – never before had the Basilica experienced such radical and ecstatic musical extremes”

… Read more

Augusburger Allgemeine, Trans Brent Annable, July 3, 2013

Vocal acrobatics and musical magic in the Basilica

CHAMBER CHOIR FROM MELBOURNE WITH PHENOMENAL QUALITY IN THE DILLINGEN BASILICA   by Gernot Walter

Warsaw, Berlin, Hamburg, Dillingen: all stops on the European tour of the Australian Chamber Choir from Melbourne, who made their sensational debut

… Read more

Augsburger Allgemeine. Trans. Brent Annable, July 3, 2013

The ensemble stands for best practice in vocal culture and sophisticated interpretation … … Read more

Myheimat.de, June 29, 2013

Last night I listened to the new ACC MOTETS CD intensely. As result the CD jumped to the top of my favorite Bach CD Chart! The ACC has developed a distinctive sound and the German is impeccable. Well done!

Hans Schroeder, President, Australian Bach Society, May 8, 2013

Excellent quality as always.

- Josef Mitschitzky, Organist, Ottobeuron Basilika

about MOTETS CD, April 5, 2013

The Australian Chamber Choir is attracting an increasing following. This can be attributed to three major factors: the quality of the performances, the choice of repertoire, and the suitability of Our Lady of Mount Carmel as a venue. The acoustic of this Middle Park church provides a splendid vehicle to showcase the vocal and musical strengths of this 18 voice choir. On Sunday afternoon, a fine blending of strong voices with secure intonation and a surprisingly broad dynamic range responded to the direction of Douglas Lawrence with assurance.

… Read more

Heather Leviston on CHICHESTER PSALMS at ArtsHub, October 24, 2012

The program’s most challenging music, a terse but harmonically grinding Miserere extracted from Penderecki’s  St. Luke Passion, enjoyed a lucid reading from the 17-strong ensemble, who handled its pungent intervallic clashes with controlled vigour, the emotional aura of regret and sorrow coming across with singular success.

… Read more

Clive O’Connel: on MISERERE in The Age, Melbourne, September 23, 2012

Before Sunday, I had never seen a choir performance except on Christmas day or during a Qantas ad … It was instantly apparent that each individual was uniquely gifted and that together, the talent of these perfectly-synchronised individuals was simply outstanding.” … Read more

AU review, July 4, 2012

Many of the singers featured as soloists and all were stunning. With such individual standards, no wonder the ensemble sounds so impressive.

… Read more

Anna McAlister: on DYNASTY in the Herald Sun, Melbourne, April 25, 2012

In Leipzig we have several excellent choirs, not only the Thomanerchor. Of the many visiting choirs we hear, not many come up to our standard. The Australian Chamber Choir did.

Ullrich Böhme, Organist, Thomaskirche Leipzig (Endorsement), September 22, 2011

… the sound produced by this ensemble was quite simply phenomenal: flawless intonation, superb uniformity, perfect tonal balance, astounding dynamic range and sleek voice-leading. An Ave verum of William Byrd convinced through its heavenly ethereal sound. … Read more

Guido Krawinkel in General-Anzeiger, Bonn, July 23, 2011

For me it was a great pleasure to have this wonderful choir here in Thomaschurch as our guests. The concert and service were magnificent. Not many choirs touch the heart; this was one such choir. I hope that we will have the possibility for the Australian Chamber Choir to return to Leipzig.

Gudrun Hartmann: Office for Church Music, Thomaskirche, Leipzig (Endorsement), July 21, 2011

The young ensemble under the direction of Douglas Lawrence began softly with Schütz’s tender motet: Selig sind die Toten (Blessed are the Dead) in German and convincing with their homogeneous sound in further sacred works by Byrd and in the radiant Jubilate Deo of Gabrieli. … Read more

Anja Jaskowski in Leipziger Volkszeitung July 19, 2011, July 19, 2011

The Australian Chamber Choir: small in number but great in voice, sensitive and vocally perfect. …

Conductor Douglas Lawrence has created an ensemble that sings with utmost precision and utmost sensitivity, possessing a perfectly balanced choral sound. …

Already the first piece “Selig sind die Toten” (Blessed are the Dead) by Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) hovered weightlessly in the space of the nave, wholly in the spirit of the text. “Factum est silentium” by Richard Dering (1585-1672) worked a dense polyphony into a perfectly-weighted structure, in which the voices swung to and fro like bells.

… Read more

Schwäbischer Zeitung, July 11, 2011

In J.S. Bach’s motet Jesu meine Freude one could clearly recognize director Douglas Lawrence’s penetrating interpretation, the musical shape strictly governed by the text, endowing the recurrent main melody with interesting variants. On an emotional level the gently blended voices and their balanced distribution often lent the text additional inner meaning …

… it was especially gratifying that these professionally trained, mostly young singers were met by a large audience in Ries. … Read more

Ernst Meyer in Augsburger Allgemeine, July 10, 2011

We look forward with keen anticipation to a further visit  from this formidable ensemble.

… Read more

John Rivers, Organist and Master of the Choristers, Wangaratta Cathedral, September 8, 2010

SACRED AND SPINE-CHILLING … Allegri’s Miserere … was fluent and blessed with an excellent soprano who executed spine-chilling top Cs with comfortable assurance… Lawrence … finished the formal program with Bach’s rollicking Motet, Der Geist hilft: … Bach vocal interpretation of high quality, with a bouncy energy and unwavering unanimity of pitch.

Click on the following link to read this review in its entirity: Age Review original August 2010

Clive O’Connell on MISERERE in The Age, Melbourne, August 24, 2010

ONLY three years old, the Australian Chamber Choir attracts a large body of enthusiastic followers, larger even than several older Melbourne choral organisations.

Click on the following link to read this review in its entirety: Age Review original August 2010

Clive O’Connell in The Age, Melbourne, August 24, 2010

The modern works “Lamentations” (Hodgson), “Magnum mysterium” (Kristof) and “O sacrum convivium” (Messiaen) all portrayed a highly effective sonic magic. … Read more

Mathias Nofzer in General Anzeiger, Bonn, July 11, 2009

… resounding jubilation burst forth in Orlando Gibbons’ anthem “O Clap Your Hands”, considered one of the greatest treasures of Anglican sacred music. The women’s precise, treble-like intonation was carefully balanced with the full-bodied tenors and sonorous basses, and together they gloried vociferously in the mighty polyphony of the work. … Read more

Darmstädter Echo, July 2009, July 10, 2009

New choir delivers powerfully

…the final pages of the ACC’s vital reading of Bach’s Singet dem Herrn: choral work of the top rank, as lucidly articluated as you could desire, the bustling interweaving of eight lines coming across in this revealing acoustic with impressive purpose and intonational fidelity.

The evening’s major work, Missa Papae Marcelli, displayed the choir’s fluency and suave textural colouring … the whole effect both intimate and declamatory …

Click on the following link to read the review in its entirety: The Age Review 2007

Clive O’Connell on INAUGURAL CONCERT in The Age, November 24, 2007

Brenton Broadstock’s I had a dream … sets out a three-part elegy in haunting consonantal language, rising to an aggressive climax in the work’s central questioning stages and achieving a throat-tightening power in its final soft repetitions of the line “I am remembered”, here delivered with tactful understatement.

Click on the following link to read the review in its entirety: The Age Review 2007

Clive O’Connell in The Age, November 24, 2007

Flawless Intonation and Dynamics

The name Douglas Lawrence stands for excellence in choral offerings: flawless intonation, clear counterpoint and nuanced dynamics from a moving piano to a powerful forte. This combined with the cultivation of the choristers’ individual voices; each can blend perfectly with the choral sound and also step forward as an impeccable soloist. … Read more

Augsburger Allgemeine, August 2007, August 2, 2007

Thanks to the expressiveness of the singing, Brenton Broadstock’s I had a dream became a most beautiful experience.

Hans Krarup: July 23, 2007

Click the following link to read the original review in its entirety: Berlingske Tidende 2007 Review

Hans Krarup in Berlingske Tidende 2007, July 23, 2007

Highpoint of the Summer Concert Series

 – Australian Chamber Choir in the Ludgeri

On Monday the Australian Chamber Choir were guest performers at the Ludgeri Church and inspired a large audience with the finest choral music. The 20 young singers from Melbourne, currently on a 20-concert tour of Europe had packed a varied program from Renaissance to Gospel. This young ensemble, in a purely a-capella program was powerfully convincing under their director, Douglas Lawrence, with enormous dynamic contrast and power, voice-leading always balanced and a flawless intonation – no mean feat! … Read more

Ostfriesischer Kurier July 2007, July 19, 2007

There are days when something of heaven seems to touch the earth. Thank you for giving us just one of those such days.

Stefan Wegener: Presenter, Saturday Concerts, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniß-Kirche, Berlin (Endorsement), July 14, 2007

In Leipzig we have several excellent choirs, not only the Thomanerchor. We hear many visiting choirs, but not many come up to our standard. The Australian Chamber Choir did.

Ulrich Böhme, Organist, Thomaskirche Leipzig (Endorsement), September 22, 2011

… the sound produced by this ensemble was quite simply phenomenal: flawless intonation, superb uniformity, perfect tonal balance, astounding dynamic range and sleek voice-leading. An Ave verum of William Byrd convinced through its heavenly ethereal sound. … Read more

Guido Krawinkel in General-Anzeiger, Bonn, July 23, 2011

For me it was a great pleasure to have this wonderful choir here in Thomaschurch as our guests. The concert and service were magnificent. Not many choirs touch the heart; this was one such choir. I hope that we will have the possibility for the Australian Chamber Choir to return to Leipzig.

Gudrun Hartmann: Office for Church Music, Thomaskirche, Leipzig (Endorsement), July 21, 2011

The young ensemble under the direction of Douglas Lawrence began softly with Schütz’s tender motet: Selig sind die Toten (Blessed are the Dead) in German and convincing with their homogeneous sound in further sacred works by Byrd and in the radiant Jubilate Deo of Gabrieli. … Read more

Anja Jaskowski in Leipziger Volkszeitung July 19, 2011, July 19, 2011

The Australian Chamber Choir: small in number but great in voice, sensitive and vocally perfect. …

Conductor Douglas Lawrence has created an ensemble that sings with utmost precision and utmost sensitivity, possessing a perfectly balanced choral sound. …

Already the first piece “Selig sind die Toten” (Blessed are the Dead) by Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) hovered weightlessly in the space of the nave, wholly in the spirit of the text. “Factum est silentium” by Richard Dering (1585-1672) worked a dense polyphony into a perfectly-weighted structure, in which the voices swung to and fro like bells.

… Read more

Schwäbischer Zeitung, July 11, 2011

In J.S. Bach’s motet Jesu meine Freude one could clearly recognize director Douglas Lawrence’s penetrating interpretation, the musical shape strictly governed by the text, endowing the recurrent main melody with interesting variants. On an emotional level the gently blended voices and their balanced distribution often lent the text additional inner meaning …

… it was especially gratifying that these professionally trained, mostly young singers were met by a large audience in Ries. … Read more

Ernst Meyer in Augsburger Allgemeine, July 10, 2011

 

The modern works “Lamentations” (Hodgson), “Magnum mysterium” (Kristof) and “O sacrum convivium” (Messiaen) all portrayed a highly effective sonic magic. … Read more

Mathias Nofzer in General Anzeiger, Bonn, July 11, 2009

… resounding jubilation burst forth in Orlando Gibbons’ anthem “O Clap Your Hands”, considered one of the greatest treasures of Anglican sacred music. The women’s precise, treble-like intonation was carefully balanced with the full-bodied tenors and sonorous basses, and together they gloried vociferously in the mighty polyphony of the work. … Read more

Darmstädter Echo, July 2009, July 10, 2009

New choir delivers powerfully

…the final pages of the ACC’s vital reading of Bach’s Singet dem Herrn: choral work of the top rank, as lucidly articluated as you could desire, the bustling interweaving of eight lines coming across in this revealing acoustic with impressive purpose and intonational fidelity.

The evening’s major work, Missa Papae Marcelli, displayed the choir’s fluency and suave textural colouring … the whole effect both intimate and declamatory …

Click on the following link to read the review in its entirety: The Age Review 2007

Clive O’Connell on INAUGURAL CONCERT in The Age, November 24, 2007

Brenton Broadstock’s I had a dream … sets out a three-part elegy in haunting consonantal language, rising to an aggressive climax in the work’s central questioning stages and achieving a throat-tightening power in its final soft repetitions of the line “I am remembered”, here delivered with tactful understatement.

Click on the following link to read the review in its entirety: The Age Review 2007

Clive O’Connell in The Age, November 24, 2007

Flawless Intonation and Dynamics

The name Douglas Lawrence stands for excellence in choral offerings: flawless intonation, clear counterpoint and nuanced dynamics from a moving piano to a powerful forte. This combined with the cultivation of the choristers’ individual voices; each can blend perfectly with the choral sound and also step forward as an impeccable soloist. … Read more

Augsburger Allgemeine, August 2007, August 2, 2007

Thanks to the expressiveness of the singing, Brenton Broadstock’s I had a dream became a most beautiful experience.

Hans Krarup: July 23, 2007

Click the following link to read the original review in its entirety: Berlingske Tidende 2007 Review

Hans Krarup in Berlingske Tidende 2007, July 23, 2007

Highpoint of the Summer Concert Series

 – Australian Chamber Choir in the Ludgeri

On Monday the Australian Chamber Choir were guest performers at the Ludgeri Church and inspired a large audience with the finest choral music. The 20 young singers from Melbourne, currently on a 20-concert tour of Europe had packed a varied program from Renaissance to Gospel. This young ensemble, in a purely a-capella program was powerfully convincing under their director, Douglas Lawrence, with enormous dynamic contrast and power, voice-leading always balanced and a flawless intonation – no mean feat! Ostfriesischer Kurier July 2007, July 19, 2007

There are days when something of heaven seems to touch the earth. Thank you for giving us just one of those such days.

Private: Stefan Wegener: Presenter, Saturday Concerts, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniß-Kirche, Berlin (Endorsement), July 14, 2007

 

 

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