This ensemble sings with impressive clarity and a bright, crisp tone, delivering a largely flawless blend throughout, even while navigating passages of complex polyphony.

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The Age, December 9, 2018

We have come to expect nothing short of perfection from Douglas Lawrence and the Australian Chamber Choir. The ACC today once again showed that great repertoire can be performed magnificently by this ensemble. … Read more

Classic Melbourne, December 6, 2018

It is no wonder that this was a sold out event.

Listening to the undulating tones echoing all around us, John Keats’ quote on poetry immediately came to mind:

“The point of diving into a lake is not immediately to swim to the shore, but to be in the lake, to luxuriate in the sensation of water. You do not work the lake out, it is an experience beyond thought. Poetry soothes and emboldens the soul to accept the mystery.”

Being able to luxuriate in the sensation of the music in such a beautiful and private space was an absolute treat. It is no wonder that this was a sold out event.

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Theatre Now, November 27, 2018

With its sublime sound, informed performance and exemplary ensemble skills … this was a splendid performance by the Australian Chamber Choir. … Read more

SoundsLike Sydney, November 26, 2018

The Australian Chamber Choir sings complex music fearlessly and it thrills … Read more

ClassikON, September 25, 2018

one of the finest concerts in Sydney this year … … Read more

ClassikON, September 25, 2018

The Australian Chamber Choir with its mastery of numerous styles and the languages … combined with exemplary vocal technique and ensemble skills, creates a glorious sound. … Read more

SoundsLike Sydney Sept. 2018, September 18, 2018

Lawrence spoke of Barber’s work as “a pinnacle in the choral repertoire”, and Twelfth Night and Agnus Dei showed the ACC as a glorious group who never fail in technique, timbre or connection with the audience. The Agnus Dei floated to the heavens with the gentlest pulse, more splendid crescendos and intimate dynamics. The final cadence was a breathtaking pianissimo, causing my companion to say, “That was amazing”.  There were tears.

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Classic Melbourne, July 14, 2018

This extraordinary concert by the Australian Chamber Choir, directed by Douglas Lawrence, was breathtakingly moving. An inspired selection of pieces was programmed in a masterly way which would ensure the audience could only last the emotional distance with ample tissues to comfort the widespread flow of tears.

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Classic Melbourne, July 5, 2018

… 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. … Read more

Melbourne Observer Review by Jill Page, May 2, 2018

… sung exquisitely … this is a choir that Australia can be proud of.

 

Stage Whispers, April 25, 2018

With a multitude of tours through Europe, the ACC was recognised in 2015 as an honorary life member of Denmark’s oldest classical music festival, the Sorø International Music Festival, cementing its place amongst the classical music elite … Read more

Theatre Press, April 23, 2018

the soloists – Elspeth Bawden, Elizabeth Anderson, Timothy Reynolds and Oliver Mann – ably demonstrated a rich and colourful delivery of the intertwining texts, and the ACC gave us the full range of dynamic contrasts with unified control and sensitivity. The Offertorium was joyful, the Sanctus – Benedictus expressed a deeper spirituality with the choral basses shining with their “Osanna in Excelsis”, and Lawrence was in command of seamless tempo changes. … Read more

Classic Melbourne, April 12, 2018

Where the text spoke of anguish, pleading and torment, the ACC lifted in united energy and awe through the glorious triads and suspensions. Impeccable pitch and articulation of the text are a feature of the ACC’s performances, and throughout, the tempered contrasts of dynamics in response to the text was scholarly and splendid. It is a joy to hear the Stabat Mater – and with the grand final cadence “While my body here decays, May my soul your goodness praise, Safe in heaven eternally,” the ensemble affirmed a celestial height.

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Classic Melbourne, April 12, 2018

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