November 11, 2018 marks the centenary of the end of World War 1 with the Armistice.
Christopher Bowen, the renowned composer and Director of the Sydney University Graduate Choir (SUGC), has composed a major choral work with a particularly Australian accent to acknowledge the centenary of World War 1. The choir (SUGC and guest choristers) gave the première of this work in the Sydney Town Hall on Sunday, August 10, 2014, with a large orchestra and internationally recognised soloists. We will perform the work again on the actual centenary date, 11 November, to mark the end of the war.
We are inviting other experienced choristers to join us for this outstanding event.
The performance: Sunday, November 11 at 3.00pm at Sydney Town Hall.
Learning and Rehearsals
The vocal scores are ready for distribution, together with the rehearsal aids – CDs or flash drives.
Note: All rehearsals are compulsory
I. Rehearsals with SUGC and guest singers at Fort Street High School at Petersham
Sop/Alto (piano rehearsal): Nov 3 , Sat 10 – 1
Ten/Bass (piano rehearsal): Nov 3, Sat 2 – 5
If you are not able to attend your Nov 3 rehearsal, you could join a Monday evening 7.00pm rehearsal for your voice part at Forest Lodge Public School (Cnr Bridge Rd and Ross St, Forest Lodge):
Sops: Sept 24; Altos: Oct 8; Tenors: Oct 15; Basses: Oct 22
II. Combined rehearsal – compulsory.
Fort Street High School
Saturday 10 November
10.00 – 1.00 SATB (with piano); 2.00 – 5.00 SATB, children’s choir, soloists & orchestra
III. Compulsory at Sydney Town Hall
Sunday 11 November
Registration 8.15-8.45; Rehearsal 9.30 – 1.00
Performance 3 pm
The work is of approximately 80 minutes duration.
The overall framework of the work is in 3 tableaux:
TABLEAU 1. SONS SPEAK OF THE AWFULNESS OF WAR
TABLEAU 2. DIALOGUE BETWEEN MOTHERS AND SONS
TABLEAU 3. PEOPLE REFLECTING ON LOSS
There will be some visual components shown during the performance; these add great power to the emotional experience for the audience.
Reaction to Christopher Bowen’s music: SUGC has performed a number of Christopher’s compositions, most recently in 2017, and really enjoyed the experience, finding the music melodious and very finely tuned to the sentiments expressed in the texts.
Singing fee for choristers: $130 to include the chorus score and postage. This is the Early Bird fee, available until 12 August 2018; the full fee of $150 will be required after that.
Learning aids: $10 including postage.
CD with your part highlighted against the other parts, and a pronunciation guide for the Latin text of the Stabat Mater, which forms part of the chorus text.
Registration with payment will be via this dedicated web-site. Click on “Register to Sing” at the top of this page.
You will receive an on-screen acknowledgement of your registration. If you have not received your score and further information after about 3 weeks please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in singing with us we now invite you to register formally and pay the registration fee. As you will understand, we may need to close some voice parts early in order to maintain a balance of voice parts. We will notify you in advance if that is looking likely.
The Manager of the Guest Choir, Doug Smyth, is available for further information on email email@example.com.