How will it sound?
Below are some examples from performances by Douglas Lawrence and the Australian Chamber Choir. Each of these performances is historically informed. That is, each uses the instruments of the composer’s time, at the pitch and in a tuning familiar to the composer, recognising the stylistic requirements of period instruments.
This performance of Bach’s Mass in B Minor took place at the church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middle Park in April 2016. Australian Chamber Choir, Melbourne Baroque Orchestra, directed by Douglas Lawrence. Presented with the support of the Margaret Lawrence Bequest and the Robert Salzer Foundation.
“I realised how badly Sydney lacks a choral ensemble which regular presents historically informed performances of Bach’s choral repertoire” – Shamistha de Soysa, SoundsLike Sydney
“The choir and orchestra revelled in the joyous chorus movements, conveying both an understanding and appreciation of the music …” Zoe Barker, CutCommon
This short movie was used as a FaceBook advertisement for the Australian Chamber Choir’s 2017 season. The soundtrack is Handel’s Zadok the Priest, recorded live at a performance entitled Chapel Royal, which took place at the church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middle Park in November 2015. Australian Chamber Choir, Melbourne Baroque Orchestra, directed by Douglas Lawrence. Presented with the support of the Robert Salzer Foundation.
“delivered with complete stylistic perfection …” Dagbladet, Ringsted, Denmark
recorded at the Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival, January 2016 by Kym Williams. Singers of the Australian Chamber Choir, Hannah Lane – Baroque harp, Nick Pollock – theorbo, David Macfarlane chamber organ, Emma Williams – violin, Matthew Manchester – cornetto, Simon Rickard – racket, directed by Douglas Lawrence
“The choir’s flawless intonation, impeccable blend, marvellously pure intervals, seamless contrapuntal vocal movement and their careful emphasis on text delivered an exceptional concert.” Martin Duffy, The Age
recorded live at Music from the Basilica of San Marco Venice, 8 June, 2014 by Move Records. Singers of the Australian Chamber Choir, Elizabeth Anderson chamber organ, Emma Williams – violin, Matthew Manchester – cornetto, Bob Collins, Julian Bain – sackbuts, Brock Imison, curtal, Simon Rickard – racket, directed by Douglas Lawrence. Performance supported by the Robert Salzer Foundation.
“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.” Tom Healey, Acting Director of Music, The Choir of Trinity College, Melbourne.