The Oriana Chorale is one of Canberra's leading choirs and performs a range of styles, from a cappella to works with orchestra.
So far this year Oriana has presented its first concert for the year, Mirrors in Mirror (see review), and taken part in the 2014 Canberra International Music Festival's final concert, Brahms' German Requiem.
In 2013, Oriana participated in two world premières:
- Andrew Schultz's Symphony No. 3 - Centenary, celebrating the Centenary of the foundation of Canberra, and
- Great South Land, a dramatic oratorio by Peter Sculthorpe, premièred at the 2013 Canberra International Music Festival
- and in the Canberra première of Howls in the House, a satirical cantata by Tim Hansen and Hal Judge commissioned and presented by The Song Company.
In October the Chorale collaborated with the ANU School of Music to host The Tallis Scholars in the Canberra leg of their 20th Anniversary world tour, and joined with the Scholars in a performance of Tallis's 40-part motet Spem in alium.
In November the Chorale presented a concert in memory of JF Kennedy, featuring Herbert Howells' memorial cantata Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing, together with the Duruflé Requiem. It also participated in the third annual Voices in the Forest concert at the National Arboretum, featuring the Australian sopranos Emma Matthews and Greta Bradman.
The year concluded with a highly successful performance of Handel's Messiah for the South Coast Music Society at Batehaven.
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Some basic information about the choir:
We rehearse weekly on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 10:00 at University House on the campus of The Australian National University (ANU). In addition to the three main concerts we perform each year, we also take part in a range of activities across the ACT and surrounding region.
Membership of Oriana is through audition, held when there are spaces available in your voice part. Oriana is presently interested in auditioning potential new members, particularly tenors. Click here for further information.
We are an inclusive group of musicians dedicated to quality performances of diverse repertoire from across the choral manuscript. Please take a moment to go through this site to learn more about us and our history, as well as details on attending one of our concerts.