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.

Australian Chamber Choir gives concert in St George’s

All of this was heard par excellence from the newly-founded, Melbourne-based Australian Chamber Choir in a concert in Nördlingen’s Georgskirche, which though not poorly attended, might have drawn even more listeners considering the high quality of the performance.

Douglas Lawrence, who has visited Nördlingen in his capacity as organist or choirmaster every year for decades, showed in motets by Palestrina, Bach and contemporary composers once again just how much can be achieved by non-professional singers with a little talent and training.

The composition by choir member Loclan Mackenzie-Spencer, just 22 years old, received generous applause. Among other pursuits, Loclan is a student of composition and a Hermann Hesse fan. So he set to music three Hesse poems from the novel “The Glass Bead Game”. The enthralling piece explored a sophisticated palette of aural colours, testing the choir’s abilities to the limit.

The 18 choir members gave a further taste of their ability the following morning in the Sunday choral eucharist in St Georg’s. They had been put up by families of the chamber choir and other choirs in the St Georg’s Kantorei. After the service and a brief tour of Nördlingen, guests and hosts enjoyed lunch (including Coburg sausages) together in the Nördlingen Church Centre.

It was the choir’s 17th destination in their tour through Germany, Denmark and Poland. Before they return home to Melbourne, they will sing in Wangen im Allgäu, Lindau and Konstanz.

Translation Udo Knauer

Augsburger Allgemeine, August 2, 2007

To read the article in German, click here.

Augsburger Allgemeine, August 2007, August 2, 2007

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