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Apology

An apology to those followers of this blog who just received a post entitled ‘Sydney Sings Messiah 2016’. Due to an error in the publication process this post had appended to it several unreviewed and unedited paragraphs that appear to … Continue reading

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Joan Carden Award Semi-Finals 2015

The hills were alive with the sound of music at St. Patrick’s Church Hall Summer Hill on Sunday 14th of June when six talented singers competed in the 2015 Joan Carden Award semi finals. The adjudicators for the event were … Continue reading

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SSO to perform Czech music

Grads choristers and audience members still transported by Dvořák’s Stabat Mater can extend their emotional stay in Bohemia until early in June, when the SSO, under Chief Conductor and Artistic Director David Robertson, will give a concert of Czech music. … Continue reading

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Dvořák’s Stabat Mater: A brilliant start to the year

The Choir’s 2015 concert season got off to a brilliant start with a Great Hall performance on 3 May of Dvořák’s wonderful Stabat Mater. Dvořák marked a new direction in Grads’ repertoire and a thoroughly satisfying one at that. In … Continue reading

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Ten Years of Grads’ Recordings

This year marks ten years since SUGC began to record its concerts. As the then President, clearly a very wise person, said in reporting to the 2005 AGM: These recordings will serve as important documents for the Choir as an … Continue reading

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‘Revealing layers of profound and human emotion’—interview with Christopher Bowen, composer and conductor

On the eve of the premiere of ‘An Australian War Requiem’, composer and conductor Christopher Bowen kindly shares his thoughts on the significance of this work to him. What was the initial spark for you to undertake this project? It … Continue reading

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Five minutes with…Christopher Richardson, bass

Christopher Richardson, bass soloist in ‘An Australian War Requiem’, shares his thoughts with us on what it means to him to be part of this event. What did you find tempting about the invitation to sing in An Australian War … Continue reading

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The Western Front—a long way from home

It would take volumes to write a comprehensive history of the war on the Western Front, something that is clearly beyond the scope of this blog. However, family members of the Sydney University Graduate choir served across all main offensives, … Continue reading

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Five minutes with…Celeste Lazarenko, soprano

In the lead up to the premiere of ‘An Australian War Requiem’ in August, we asked each of our soloists for their thoughts on being part of such an important work. Celeste Lazarenko kindly answered, as follows: What is the … Continue reading

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Gallipoli—a name that will never be forgotten

Extracts from letter to his mother, written 19th May from hospital ship ‘Seang Choon’ at Lemnos island by Platoon Sergeant Lisle M Lane (4th Battalion), who was wounded on the 26th April, but is now at the front again fighting … Continue reading

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