Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Trois beaux oiseaux du paradis – Three beautiful birds of paradise

from Trois Chansons – Three Songs
Australian Chamber Choir
directed by Douglas Lawrence

Soloists from the choir are Amelia Jones – soprano, Elspeth Bawden – mezzo soprano, Anish Nair – tenor, Lucas Wilson-Richter – bass
“this extraordinary concert was breathtakingly moving” – Julie McErlain, Classic Melbourne

Amelia Jones began working with the ACC when she moved to Melbourne from Perth in 2014. She studied classical singing at the WA Academy of Performing Arts before continuing her studies at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Amelia has recorded vocals for various Australian video games, short films and Japanese Animes. Her most recent project Made in Abyss won multiple awards including Anime of the Year and Best Score.

Sound recorded by ABC Classic FM at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Middle Park 24 June, 2018
Film by Filmoo


Composer – Christine McCombe

In 2011, Christine McCombe composed Epic for the Australian Chamber Choir. Following the success of this work in concerts in Melbourne, Wangaratta, Albury and Wagga Wagga, Christine was engaged as composer in Residence for 2013.  Christine wrote Lexicon of Dreams for the ACC, which functioned as a keystone in the choir’s Bridge of Dreams program, performed in Melbourne, Castlemaine, Canberra, Bowral, Sydney and in 15 concerts in Germany, Denmark and Poland. “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” – Sächsische Zeitung

We are currently seeking funding to commission Christine to write a new work for the ACC in 2019. Click here to read more about composers mentored by Douglas Lawrence. In the bass section (2nd from right), is Thomas Drent, who recently took up a position as General Manager of The Song Company.


JS Bach Kyrie from the Mass in B Minor

Australian Chamber Choir | Melbourne Baroque Orchestra
directed by Douglas Lawrence
“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” – Zoe Barker, CutCommonMag.com

Presented with the support of the Margaret Lawrence Bequest and the Robert Salzer Foundation
Filmed at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middle Park in April 2016


ACC tenor, Michael Petruccelli singing with gypsies

Filmed in the Market Square of Wroclaw (Poland’s Capital City of Culture for 2016), with the old Wroclaw Town Hall in the background. After our concert in Poland’s 20th Non Sola Scripta International Festival (also known as the Wroclaw Organ Summer) on July 14, 2013, some of us headed to a restaurant on the Market Square for dinner. Michael Petruccelli joined this group of gypsy musicians for a special version of O sole mio. Michael recently performed the role of Pedro in Opera Australia’s production Two Weddings, One Bride. In 2017 he was a finalist in the Herald Sun Aria, the Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship and a prize winner in the International Ljuba Welitsch Singing Competition in Vienna


Australian Chamber Choir sings Gospel

“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”. – Augsburger Allgemeine


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