19TH March // 7.30pm
Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana is a choral tour-de-force: greed, gluttony, lust, longing and laughter are celebrated with music as bold as it is beautiful. Machaut's Messe de Notre Dame is one of the masterpieces of medieval music, its glorious resonance reaching out to us undimmed across six and a half centuries.
28th MAY // 7.30pm
Handel’s Dixit Dominus is a dazzling hymn of joy and praise; Bach’s cantata Christ lag in Todesbanden is a richly solemn journey from darkness to resplendent light. Pēteris Vasks’ Prayer is an ecstatic invocation of the power of love to overcome misery and despair, drawing on the words of Mother Teresa of Calcutta; it will be paired with a new work by Australian composer Iain Grandage.
1st October // 7.30pm
Haydn’s response to a world in turmoil was music of serenity, confidence and joy. His choral masterpiece, the ‘Nelson’ Mass, is accompanied here on period instruments by Orchestra Seventeen88, who will also perform Haydn’s sparkling 'London' Symphony. Ross Edwards’ Missa Alchera reveals deep connections between time, ritual, place and the Dreaming of Australia’s Indigenous peoples.