Welcome to our
Dear Music Lover,
After a year of stellar performances from this wonderful ensemble of singers, it is a great pleasure to welcome you to 2018. As you read through this program you will discover a richness and variety within the chosen repertoire for the coming year.
Sydney Chamber Choir has an enviable reputation for performing new and challenging music, together with traditional repertoire. This sets them apart from many other choral groups in Australia, and leads me to thank them all, along with their administration, for having me as their director over the last three years. Thanks also to the conductors who stood in for me during my recent bout of cancer which, I am pleased to say, has disappeared.
The appointment of Sam Allchurch as Music Director of Sydney Chamber Choir from 2019 is a significant appointment about which I am enormously thrilled. Sam has musical integrity and terrific knowledge of the repertoire, and will work especially well with this amazing group of musicians.
This year it’s Ross Edwards’ 75th birthday and we are going to make a huge fuss about this Australian composer. In the world of sport we have champions, heroes, legends, icons, superstars and mega stars – essentially hyperbole and basically meaningless. In the world of music it is comforting to report that Ross Edwards is, fortunately, none of these things: he is, quite simply, a Master: a master composer, master orchestrator, master craftsman and master musician of the first rank. This will be a special celebration, with some surprises, and we hope it will in some small way be a fitting tribute to this great man.
We are thrilled to be collaborating again with our friends from the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra in our first program. We also welcome back Jonathan Grieves- Smith to conduct the final program of the year.
Thank you for your continued support of this group, and I look forward to seeing you at our 2018 concerts.
Richard Gill AO