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.

JS BACH MASS IN B MINOR
Australian Chamber Choir
Melbourne Baroque Orchestra
Directed by Douglas Lawrence

Wednesday 16th March 2016
St Paul’s Church, Geelong

The Australian Chamber Choir presented ‘Mass in B Minor’, by Bach, in St Paul’s Anglican Church, Geelong, the first of four performances. The others were in Mornington, Macedon and Middle Park. The choir was accompanied by the Melbourne Baroque Orchestra, led by David Irving.

The choir sang with unerring vibrance and clarity of vocal production, which is characteristic of this group. Their sense of ensemble and excellent blend of voices was evident in the St Paul’s concert. The energy and accuracy of the singing make for a strong communication with the audience. Douglas Lawrence’s direction was understated and assured and it is clear that the performers understand what he wants.

The Melbourne Baroque Orchestra played with a great sense of style, with especially fine playing by Darryl Poulsen on horn, Greg Dikmans, flute, and a trio of very convincing trumpets led by Joel Brennan; but all of the orchestral playing was excellent. Soprano soloists Erica Tandiono and Michelle Clark, alto ELizabeth Anderson, tenor Christopher Roache and bass Oliver Mann gave fluent performances.

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
University of Melbourne
April 2016

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

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