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Choir tour to Australia

Monday, 15th October 2007

Choir tour to Australia

In October 2007 The Choir of Westminster Abbey makes its maiden voyage to Australia to present an exciting and varied programme of choral music, ancient and modern, under music director James O’Donnell.

The choir begins its national tour, part of Musica Viva’s 2007 season, with two spectacular concerts in the Sydney Opera House, followed by appearances in Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth.

The choir's concerts will include music for royal occasions by Handel and Parry; music from Westminster Abbey reaching back 10 centuries, including works by former Abbey Organists Orlando Gibbons, Henry Purcell, and others; and music by Sir Edward Elgar in celebration of the 150th anniversary of his birth. Amongst the highlights are Handel’s magnificent coronation anthem Zadok the priest, Walton’s Set me as a seal, Parry’s I was glad, Tavener’s Song for Athene and extracts from Mountain Chant by the Australian composer Ross Edwards, who is Musica Viva’s featured composer this season.


Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Thursday 18th October at 7.00pm
Saturday 20th October at 8.00pm

Concert Hall, Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Tuesday 23rd October at 7.00pm

Great Hall, Parliament House
Thursday 25th October at 7.00pm

The Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
Saturday 27th October at 8.00pm

The Arts Centre, Hamer Hall
Sunday 28th October at 6.00pm

Perth Concert Hall
Tuesday 30th October at 7.30pm

About Music Viva

Founded in 1945, Musica Viva Australia is the world’s largest entrepreneur of fine ensemble music, presenting more than 2,500 concerts each year across Australia and around the world to the widest possible range of audiences. Through intimate concert experiences the organisation inspires Australian imagination and creativity.

Musica Viva Australia - 2006 Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and The Australian Music Centre award winner for ‘Distinguished Services to Australian Music’ and ‘Outstanding Contribution to Australian Music in Education'.

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