Australian War Requiem: Information for Singers

2014 and 2015 mark the centenaries of the outbreak of WW1 and the Gallipoli campaign when ANZAC was born.

Christopher Bowen, the renowned composer and Director of the Sydney University Graduate Choir, is composing a major work to acknowledge these centenaries with a particularly Australian accent.   The choir (SUGC) will perform this work in the Sydney Town Hall on Sunday, August 10, 2014, with a large orchestra, internationally recognised soloists and we are inviting other experienced choristers to join us for this outstanding event.

The performance:

Sunday, August 10 at 3.00pm at Sydney Town Hall.

Learning and Rehearsals:

In the case of this new work, the score and rehearsal materials will be available much earlier than previously, and more opportunities for rehearsal will be offered.

The vocal scores will be ready for distribution by February, 2014, together with the rehearsal aids – CDs or flash drives – MP3 files.

Rehearsals with SUGC and guest singers
Sop/Alto  (piano Rehearsal):      July 26 , Sat   10 – 1   OR
                                                                  July 24, Thurs 7.30 – 10.00
Ten/Bass  (piano Rehearsal):      July 26, Sat    2 – 5   OR
                                                                  July 31, Thurs 7.30 – 10.00

Proposed combined rehearsals –Fort Street High School.   August rehearsals are compulsory.

I. You must attend at least 2 of these 3 rehearsals on Aug 2 or Aug 4 at Fort Street High:

August 2, Sat         1. Rehearsal  10 – 1  SATB  (with piano)                                                                                          2. Rehearsal    2 – 5  SATB  (with piano)

August 4, Mon      3. Rehearsal  7 – 10 SATB (with piano)

II. Compulsory at Fort Street High
August 9, Sat.           Rehearsal  10 – 1  SATB & soloists (with piano)
                                       Rehearsal    2 – 5  SATB, soloists & orchestra

III. Compulsory at Sydney Town Hall
Sun., August 10
                                       Rehearsal 10.00  – 1.00
                                       Performance 3 pm

The Music:

The work is expected to be of approximately 70 minutes duration.

The overall conception 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

Reaction to Christopher Bowen’s music:  SUGC has premiered a number of Christopher’s compositions, most recently in 2011, and really enjoyed the experience, finding the music melodious and very finely tuned to the sentiments expressed in the texts.

Costs:

Singing fee for choristers:  $130  to include the chorus score and rehearsal CD and postage. (If flash drive required, add $5). This fee also includes a copy of the concert program.

Registration with payment will be via a dedicated web-site, starting in January.

Action:

At this time, we are requesting Expression of Interest.  This is the only form for expressing your interest in singing with SUGC in August, 2014.  If you would like to sing with us, please click on Expression of Interest.

From the expressions of interest received, invitations to register formally and pay the fee will be made during January to February.  As you will understand, invitations will be made to represent a balance of voice parts.

Further information:

The Manager of the Guest Choir, Marilyn Gosling, is available for further information on 9960 6215 or 0408 416 410, or by email at info@sydneysings.com.au.