“Singing the Classics”, on Sunday 12th August, at Wesley Church, 100 Yarra Street, Geelong from 2-5pm, was enjoyed by everyone. Our own Anne Pilgrim took us through Dona Nobis Pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams. John Bumford was our talented accompanist for the day.
Dona Nobis Pacem is a 6-movement cantata, in which Vaughan Williams has chosen text from Walt Whitman, written to describe why war should never occur again. Some OT texts are included, too. Whitman was a medical orderly in the American Civil War and had experience of the effects of war, and his poetry is alive with feeling. The work is very much a choral work, with the orchestra used to support the meaning of the texts, and solo soprano and baritone lines set beautifully. We’ve chosen it for its beauty and because of the proximity of the centenary of Armistice Day.
Watch out for the announcement of the program for 2019 soon.
Sunday 10th June, 2018
St Lukes Church, Highton
Gilbert and Sullivan Choruses
Thanks to Helen Lyth of The Choral Grapevine for her article on this Singing the Classics afternoon.
Find out more about our fun afternoon Singing the Classics on Sunday 18 March in an article on the Choral Grapevine.
Mar 18, 2018 – Daryl Barclay, accompanied by Hugh Davidson
Gilbert & Sullivan Choruses
Jun 10, 2018 – Allister Cox, accompanied by Sonoka Miyake
Dona Nobis Pacem (R Vaughan Williams)
Sunday, 12th August, at Wesley Church, 100 Yarra Street, Geelong from 2-5pm.
Most afternoons are held in St Luke’s Uniting Church, Highton, as for many years now, from 2 to 5pm. $15 fee is payable at the door and includes the provision of afternoon tea, venue, personnel and music. The Geelong Association of Music and Art Inc helps to meet these costs, too.
Please let us know if you are coming, in plenty of time for us to get the music organized and the afternoon tea arrangements in place, on this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or ring or text Anne Pilgrim on 0412 524 316.
“Singing the Classics” this time was Messe Solennelle de Sainte-Cecile by Charles Gounod.
Special thanks to Allister Cox for conducting, and Frank De Rosso for accompanying us.
The Geelong Chorale will host an afternoon of singing through some choruses, in the For the Joy of Singing the Classics series, from 2 to 5pm on Sunday 19th June, at St Luke’s Uniting Church, Highton.
John Stubbings will lead us through the choruses, some of which are:
Pink Champagne from Die Fledermaus
Gaudeamus and Serenade from The Student Prince
Ol’ Man River from Showboat
Night of my Nights from Kismet
June is Bustin’ out all over and You’ll Never Walk Alone from Carousel
PLUS others from The Gypsy Baron, The Sound of Music, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof…..
Cost is only $12, and includes afternoon tea.
So if you want to come along, contact Anne at: email@example.com.
Some photos from Sunday’s fun sing of Gloria by Antonia Vivaldi. special thanks to Jodie Townsend and Regina Thomae.
The first Singing the Classics for 2016 is coming up on Sun 20 March
Across the English Channel – romantic choral music from England and France. Anthems by Parry, Holst, Vaughan Williams and Elgar, and Solemn Mass by Louis Vierne with guest organist, Dion Henman.
St Paul’s Anglican Church, LaTrobe Tce, Geelong.
Sunday April 17 2016 at 3.00pm.
When Icicles Hang – a cafe concert including the title work, a set of six Elizabethan poems set to music by John Rutter. Other music by Cole Porter and George Gershwin.
Berkeley Lodge, Pakington St, Geelong West.
Saturday July 30, 2016 at 7.00pm.
A Christmas Celebration – including Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten, Southern Star, a setting of poems by Michael Leunig and music by Christopher Willcock, and other Christmas music.
Wesley Church, Yarra St, Geelong.
Saturday December 3, 2016 at 5.00pm.
The Chorale gave a very successful performance of Haydn’s Creation on 5 Dec 2015 at Wesley Church, Geelong.
Review: Haydn’s Creation – from woe to go in song, Colin Mockett, Entertainment Geelong