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Take him, earth, for cherishing

50th Anniversary of JFK's Memorial


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A concert In Memoriam. 2013 marks the 50th year since the assissination of the 35th President of the United States, John F Kennedy. Featuring Herbert Howell's 'Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing', commissioned in 1963 for Kennedy's memorial, in addition to Duruflé's Requiem and Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna.

Conducted by David Mackay, with organist Calvin Bowman




Tallis Scholars 40th Anniversary

The Tallis Scholars

40th Anniversary Australian Tour
Spem in Alium 


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The Oriana Chorale is honoured to have been invited to participate in the 40th Anniversary Australian Tour of the Tallis Scholars.

The concert is being performed at the Australian National University's Llewellyn Hall, on Friday the 25th of October at 7:30pm.

The Tallis Scholars have been perfecting the art of Renaissance vocal music for the last 40 years under founding director, Peter Phillips. They are the leading exponents of Renaissance sacred music throughout the world as one of the most awarded and acclaimed ensembles on the scene. Renowned for their exquisite historically-informed performances, they have an extensive touring and recording schedule giving over 70 concerts a year in both sacred and secular venues.

Appearing in Canberra as part of their 40th Anniversary tour the Tallis Scholars present a breath-taking program of renaissance polyphony and new compositions, mixing the ancient with the modern in a spectacular way. This concert features the divinely-inspired music of Allegri, Tallis, Byrd and Cornish for which they are renowned, and the premiere of a new commission by Calvin Bowman.
Including the extraordinary 40-part motet Spem in Alium by namesake Thomas Tallis, performed with the Oriana Chorale and the ANU Chamber Choir, this is a superb concert of absolutely stunning performances.
“The Tallis Scholars ... Absolute clarity and purity of sound, a tonal fusion that comes close to perfection...”
-La Provincia di Cremona




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Saturday 17 November 2012, 6 pm
Sunday 18 November 2012, 3 pm
Church of St Andrew, Forrest

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Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 October 2010
St Paul's Anglican Church, Manuka


Poster design by Daniel Sanderson

This exciting concert took its name from Arvo Pärt’s The Woman with the Alabaster Box. The lightness and transparency of ALABASTER is a visual analogue for the strength, clarity and beauty of the sound of many voices singing together. In this wide-ranging programme, Oriana Chorale explored the ways modern and contemporary composers have worked with the most expressive of all musical instruments, the human voice.

The programme included Samuel Barber’s To be sung on the water, Morten Lauridsen’s O magnum mysterium, Herbert Howells’ A spotless rose, Aaron Copland’s Lark and Hope there is, by Clare Maclean.

Music Director David Mackay explained, “The works in this programme could not be more different from each other, but each showcases a particular aspect of the choral sound: Pärt, the clean lines of almost Mediaeval minimalism; Copland, the energetic rhythm of American modernism; Whitacre, the seamless clusters of 21st-century harmony.” The last work is a spectacular setting of e e cummings’ poem I thank You God for most this amazing day.

This was a concert enjoyed by lovers of fine choral music, delighted by these and other examples of glorious harmony for the voice as conceived by composers from six countries.

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Songs of Sundrie Natures

Tudor and Jacobean Music by Tallis, Tomkins, Byrd and Gibbons
Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 March 2010

St Paul's Anglican Church, Manuka


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"Yet let not straingers bragg, nor they these soe commende,
For they may now geve place and sett themselves behynde,
An Englishman, by name, William BIRDE …"

Clerk of Windsor, John Baldwin. c. 1600

Oriana Chorale's first concert of 2010 was of English Tudor and Jacobean music. The programme focused on William Byrd and Thomas Tallis, with extra delights from Orlando Gibbons and Thomas Tomkins.

The works ranged in scale from the lively double-choir celebration O Clap Your Hands by Gibbons to more contemplative works in rich harmony and some all-time favourites of the choral repertoire such as Tallis's O Nata Lux.

At the heart of this musical offering were the towering figures of Tallis and his student William Byrd who later became his collaborator.

The programme explored the relationship between the two composers, which changed with the years and with the political and religious climate of the English court in the 16th century. Oriana Chorale traced their story in both song and the spoken word, and displayed the heritage of music from Tudor England. It explored how the Reformation led to a preference for English words over Latin, and the simpler melodies and harmonies of homophony over the complexities of polyphony.

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