… the audience knew they were in for a treat. The magnificent voices soared upwards filling the church, surrounding the audience with pure sweet sound. This impact is magical and leaves a lasting impression.

AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER CHOIR
Review by Jill Page

Acoustics in churches offer an excellent space  for singing and music and Scots Church is no exception. When the first beautiful strains of music from the world class Australian Chamber Choir began, the audience knew they were in for a treat. The magnificent voices soared upwards filling the church, surrounding the audience with pure sweet sound. This impact is magical and leaves a lasting impression.

These  glorious voices produce  an exceptionally flawless  angelic, bright and spiritual sound.

The choir is accompanied by the equally superb Melbourne Baroque Orchestra who were playing traditional Baroque instruments, adding to the  authenticity of the program.

The first piece, Stabat Mater composed by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina was written during the late 1500’s for eight voice parts. This unaccompanied work allows the purity of the music itself and the exquisite voices to blend together in a heavenly feast.

The second was Mozart’s Requiem. This well loved piece is presented at the pitch that was used in the late eighteenth century, and is accompanied by The Australian Baroque Orchestra. Mozart composed it towards the end of his life and just  who completed the unfinished work remains a mystery.

The Artistic Director is the highly experienced Douglas Lawrence. OAM and the  extremely talented  four soloists Soprano Elspeth Bawden, Contralto Elizabeth Anderson, Tenor Timothy Reynolds and Bass Baritone Oliver Mann  are from the choristers ranks.

The Australian Chamber Choir which was established by Douglas Lawrence in 2007, is triumphant on the world stage touring Europe, and also tours capital cities and regional centres in Australia.

Their performances transport their adoring audiences to heavenly realms.

The Australian Chamber Choir – www.auschoir.org

Melbourne Observer Review by Jill Page, May 2, 2018

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