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How sweet the music, 17 April 2016

How sweet the music….

Oriana marked this anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with a kaleidoscope of Shakespearian songs and readings.

From the Romantic age to the present day, composers have taken Shakespeare’s immortal words and created choral settings full of beauty, style and wit. 

This wide-ranging concert includes music by Brahms, Berlioz and Vaughan Williams, plus modern settings by Paul Mealor (composer for Prince William’s wedding), the great British jazz musician George Shearing, and the extraordinary Finnish choral composer Jaakko Mäntyjärvi.

The Oriana Chorale is again directed by one of Canberra's top musicians, conductor Peter Young.

Singers and audiences alike will also be delighted that popular and outstanding musicians Christina Wilson and Alan Hicks will be associate artists at this interesting and enjoyable tour of just a few selected passages by the Bard -- and some great songs they have inspired. 

Our readers are experienced actors Tony Turner and Elaine Noon. Ben O'Loghlin joins us on double bass.


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Choral Masterpiece Workshop: Jesu Meine Freude

Choral Masterpiece Workshop

JS Bach - Motet: Jesu Meine Freude BWV 227


The Oriana Chorale is pleased to announce its first Choral Masterpiece Workshop. This  will involve an afternoon of learning and rehearsal, followed by a public performance, who can attend with a gold coin donation.

Jesu Meine Freude is the earliest of Bach's six motets and probably the best known. It is composed in an intriguing symmetrical structure, with a central fugue surrounded by variations on its main chorale, which recurs throughout the work.

Musical Director and conductor Peter Young selected Jesu Meine Freude because "everyone who sings needs to sing Bach, and this piece shows him at his best, with a wonderful range of expression using a single chorale tune”.

It is planned this will be the first of a series of workshops covering some of the great choral works.

The workshop is open to all comers who have good sight-reading ability or have previously sung the work. They will be joined by members of The Oriana Chorale itself.

Details of the day are:

St Paul's Church,
Captain Cook Crescent,
Manuka, ACT

Saturday 1st August

Workshop 2.00pm to 5.00pm 
Performance 5.15pm

Singers' registration - $25; under 26 - $10
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Songs of the Land and the People

Many composers have been inspired by the timeless beauty of folksongs. Some were avid collectors and arrangers, while others took tunes and their singers to inspire their own works.

In this concert we celebrate the art of the folksong and the different approaches composers took to them, mixing the well known such as Simple Gifts, or Irish Tune from County Derry, with other works that show their composers at their best.

The concert includes music by Jean Sibelius (marking his 150th birthday), Percy Grainger, Michael Tippett, Béla Bartók, Gustav Holst and Aaron Copland.

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Shadows and Light

Shadows and Light


Our first program for 2015, Shadows and Light, includes music from the 16th to the 20th centuries which commemorates loss and celebrates hope. Highlights of this, our tribute to the 2015 Anzac anniversary,  include Victoria’s Lamentations for Good Friday, among the most expressive and passionate music of the Renaissance, Bach’s motet Komm, Jesu, Komm, and pieces famous for their use in modern commemorations – John Tavener’s Song for Athene and Samuel Barber’s choral arrangement of his Adagio for Strings. We also recognise the 500th birthday of one of England’s great Tudor composers, John Sheppard, who in the time of Henry VIII wrote music of great beauty and complexity.

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