Tag Archives: Christopher Bowen

Meet the Composers of La Belle Époque, Part 2

The golden age of French artistic creativity, ‘la belle époque’, is the setting for the first concert of the 2017 season for the Sydney University Graduate Choir on the 21st May 2017. In this final instalment in a two part … Continue reading

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Concert report – Die Schöpfung 4th December

For the final performance of its 2016 subscription series, the Sydney University Graduate Choir and orchestra, conducted by Music Director, Christopher Bowen, gave a Great Hall performance of Joseph Haydn’s Die Schöpfung (The Creation). Three outstanding soloists were engaged: Penelope … Continue reading

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Handel’s Messiah – An Interview with Christopher Bowen

It’s easy to imagine performing Handel’s Messiah as a routine venture. After all, nearly all of the 450 choristers will have sung it before, most of them many times. The orchestral players are professional musicians with impeccable credentials – SSO, … Continue reading

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Saxon Baroque

The Choir’s August Great Hall concert for 2016 presented a program of two religious works from eighteenth century Germany: the Missa No.9 in D by the little-known Johann David Heinichen (1683-1729) and the Magnificat by the impressive but difficult to … Continue reading

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Franz von Suppé’s Requiem—‘Thus is the power of music’

The Grads 2016 concert season opened on Sunday 8th May with absolute éclat and elan, a promising introduction to an exciting season highlighting some little known, rarely-performed works. We believe that our performance of Franz von Suppé’s Requiem was an … Continue reading

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Finals of the Joan Carden Award 2015

The music for our August concert, consisting of three secular works for chorus and orchestra by Brahms, the Australian premiere of Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn’s cantata, Hiob (Job)and assorted arias sung by the three young finalists in the revamped Joan Carden Award, … Continue reading

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Mozart’s Requiem – the Chamber Choir sings at Gosford

On Sunday 2 August, the Chamber Choir provided singers to supplement the Central Coast Chorale (CCC) for a performance of Mozart’s wonderful Requiem KV626 at Gosford.  This was only the latest example of cooperation between the two choirs, which have … Continue reading

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Entries are now open for the Joan Carden Award 2015

Are you a talented young singer, aged between 22 and 35? The Sydney University Graduate Choir is pleased to invited you to be part of this exciting and prestigious event. Entries can be submitted online at the Joan Carden Award … Continue reading

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Chamber Choir celebrates 10 years of harmony

Last night the Chamber Choir met for a special pre-season dinner to celebrate its 10th birthday. Conducted by Music Director Christopher Bowen, with membership refreshed through annual audition, and with quality supported through extra rehearsals and its very own rehearsal … Continue reading

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The Joan Carden Award—a brief history

A highlight of this year’s Sydney University Graduate Choir concert series will be the conduct of the prestigious Joan Carden Award. As we prepare to open the application process for prospective competitors, it is timely to provide a brief history … Continue reading

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