The ensemble stands for best practice in vocal culture and sophisticated interpretation …

BRIDGE OF DREAMS: Australian Chamber Choir begins a European Concert Tour on June 29 with a concert at 19:30 in St George’s Nördlingen

Nordlingen : St. George’s Church | Once again Nördlingen welcomes the Australian Chamber Choir. Based in Melbourne, Australia, this top ensemble under the direction of Douglas Lawrence presents “Bridge of Dreams”. Ambassadors of international choral culture, especially of works that are rarely or never heard in Europe, the choir consists of 18 professionally trained, mostly young singers. Founded in 2007 the choir has toured extensively in Europe. With Nordlingen there is a special relationship: Director Douglas Lawrence has visited regularly for decades, either as a concert organist or choir director – before 2007 with the Choir of Ormond College. The Ries area is once again the starting point of the tour.

From Byrd via Bach to Boyd

The ensemble stands for best practice in vocal culture and sophisticated interpretation, no matter whether it is performing motets by Bach – in Nördlingen they sing the motet for double choir Fürchte dich nicht – or Schumann (An die Sterne), whether in works of old English composers such as Byrd or Gibbons or late romantic Russian music such as the Our Father by Anton Arensky. The real highlight of their concert is in choral works by contemporary Australian and Filipino composers, like As I crossed a bridge of dreams by Anne Boyd, a former student of Douglas Lawrence, whose works are now also performed by ensembles such as the renowned German Stuttgart Kammerchor. The enchantingly beautiful and seemless work is based on an 11th century Japanese poem.

Lexicon of dreams

The focus of the program is a brand new work, commissioned by the Australian Chamber Choir: “Lexicon of dreams” by the internationally acclaimed composer Christine McCombe. The piece had its first performance on 23 June in Melbourne and has its European premiere in Nordlingen. In this composition, McCombe draws together the biblical story of Jacob’s ladder and the Indigenous Australian concept of “Songlines”. Words and music depict a dream journey through a landscape – a metaphor for the journey of life. However the work concludes with a quote in Latin from the liturgy of the Requiem, “May angels lead you into paradise.” The 16-concert European-Tour, takes the ACC to Berlin, Hamburg, Leipzig’s St. Thomas Church, Denmark and Poland (including Warsaw). Before the choir travels on to Dillingen on Sunday, they will help shape the service at 9.30 in Georgskirche.

Click here to read the original article in German., June 29, 2013

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