Hear Us

2016 Concerts

Sunday 4 December 2016
– Haydn The Creation

The Sydney University Graduate Choir concludes its 2016 concert series with Haydn’s best-known masterwork, The Creation (‘Die Schöpfung’.) Composed between 1797-1798, The Creation depicts and celebrates the creation of the world as described in the Book of Genesis, some of the Psalms, and John Milton’s Paradise Lost.

Inspired by the large-scale oratorios of Handel, particularly Messiah and Israel in Egypt, as heard during his visits to England in the early 1790s, The Creation served to cement Haydn’s reputation. It quickly became a popular, and much repeated concert item – including many performances for charity.

The work begins with the ‘Representation of Chaos’, and depicts the creation of the world and the plants, the creation of the animals, and of man and of woman. Soloists play the roles of the archangels, Gabriel, Uriel and Raphael, and, in the final part, Adam and Eve in Paradise. Glorious choruses and arias are set against orchestral representations of the sounds of birds and animals.

The Creation is a glorious celebration of life touching even today’s listeners in a unique way, with its wonderful depiction of divine will, bringing life and order, beauty and optimism to the void.

5pm Sunday 4 December 2016

Great Hall, University of Sydney

Sydney University Graduate Choir

Music Director
Christopher Bowen OAM

Penelope Mills – soprano
Andrew Goodwin – tenor
Adrian Tamburini – bass

$45 full adult price
$42 full pensioners (not seniors cards)
$25 full time students & children 16 and under

To purchase tickets
Tickets to this concert are available through:
Seymour Centre Box Office: phone 02 9351 7940 or online via the Seymour Centre.

Engage the Chamber Choir for your event

Add an extra dimension to your next event – engage the Chamber Choir. The Chamber Choir is available to perform at a range of events including degree conferrings, formal services, weddings, parties, promotional events.

Please contact the Choir’s President to discuss details.
The Choir’s Chamber Choir, formed from within the full Choir in 2004, is designed to add to our flexibility and overall performance capacity. The Chamber Choir reached the state finals of the ABC FM Choir of the Year competition in 2006 and regularly performs at University and external events.

6 Responses to Hear Us

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  2. Damein Lynch says:

    Could you let me know the dates for 2014, if they are set yet.

  3. david moser says:

    Sure – the dates for 2014 are:
    Sunday 4th May: The Salzburg Connection (Mozart & M Haydn)
    Sunday 10th August: An Australian War Requiem – Christopher Bowen (Sydney Town Hall)
    Sunday 7th December: An English Winter’s Evening (Finzi, Vaughan Williams)
    Full details will be posted on this page in the Dec/Jan period. Whilst the dates are unlikely to change, there may be small adjustments to the details above before then.

  4. Jose Brown says:

    do you need sopranos?

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  6. Herbert Smith says:

    Hello. I am interested in singing Messiah with you in November. Could I please have details. Thanks. Herb Smith, bass.

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