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Choral Music in Ballarat

Posted on 25 April 2011

It’s been a busy time in Ballarat for choral music.

The Saint Cecilia Singers recently performed the rarely heard St Luke’s Passion (attributed to Bach), a beautiful work. Shame about the ending! Having a particular fondness for the tenor voice, I loved Noel Craven’s recitative – and his swinging between that large part and conducting the choir. But the soloist that really knocked me out was soprano, Meaghan Sullivan, – an exquisite voice.

Next day Ballarat Choral Society gave us a lovely autumnal programme of delicious Mendelsshon, Rutter, Vaughan Williams, Brahms. And it was great to hear again the excellent Ballarat trio, Quintessential Wind – Alison Robertson (flute), Kathryn Govan (oboe) and Heather George (clarinet).

Both choirs sadly need more men! Where are they all? I used to love hearing my Dad’s choir, the large Civic Male Choir, conducted by WH Keith Young. Testosterone laden numbers such as “Up with the Jolly Roger boy, and off we go to sea…” etc, certainly got my 10 year old heart racing!

Next Sunday (1 May) you can hear excellent acapella choir, Vox, perform at Cathedral Church of Christ the King, Lydiard St South, at 2pm.

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