CANBERRA Choral Society celebrates its 61st birthday this year, so it’s setting its sights high with a concert planned this weekend on the theme “The Best Choral Music Ever Written by an Australian (with a Canberra Connection).”The music has been selected from works by 17 composers whose lives or careers have been associated with our capital.
They’re drawing a long bow. Some of the composers grew up here, some came here for study, and some for work. Several have sung in, accompanied or conducted Canberra choirs, while others were commissioned to write music for them.
The concert, to be held on Sunday at St Paul’s in Manuka, will explore their stories, and their influence on the choral sounds of Canberra.
“People sometimes have the impression that all great choral music comes from Europe and America” says Canberra Choral Society artistic director Tobias Cole. “It’s just not true, and the Centenary is a great opportunity to show audiences how much amazing choral music has been written by composers connected to Canberra.”
These composers include Malcolm Williamson and , Peter Sculthorpe, two Fulbright scholars, Calvin Bowman and Ruth Lee Martin), the winner of the Vocal/Choral Award at the 2013 ART Music Awards, Stephen Leek and the winner of the 2011 international Abbey Road Anthem Competition, Daniel Brinsmead.
As well, there will be world premieres of works by Fiona Fraser and Peter Campbell, and music from emerging composers such as Sally Whitwell and Olivia Swift.
It’s fitting, they say, that this Centenary program is being presented by one of the oldest choirs in Canberra, and that it will also feature three of the newest. This year seen the formation of the Turner Trebles choir for boys, the formation of CCS youth choir New Voices and the fifth birthday of the Kompactus youth chamber choir.
“The Best Choral Music Ever Written by an Australian (with a Canberra Connection)” at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Manuka, 3pm, Sunday, September 15, bookings to www.canberraticketing.com.au or tickets at the door.