The Australian Chamber Choir returns to Sydney after an acclaimed European tour and Melbourne concerts
Founder and Director of the choir, Douglas Lawrence OAM, has curated a program By The Waters of Babylon that brings together the newly commissioned works of Australian composers, Luke Hutton and Tom Henry alongside the music of older masters like J S Bach, William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons, Richard Dering and Jacob Handl also known as Jacobus Gallus, and newer composers like Frank Martin and Herbert Howells.
The Australian Chamber Choir undertook a 3-week European tour with By The Waters of Babylon performing 16 concerts across Italy, Austria and Germany. From the heart-wrenching text of the title work relaying the exile of a people from their homeland, to the text for Tom Henry’s work, which has been written by asylum seekers awaiting their cases to be assessed, The Waters of Babylon is a poignant, relevant thematic soundscape.
• An Wasserflüssen Babylon Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
• Fürchte dich nicht Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
• Ich lasse dich nicht Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
• Magnificat Herbert Howells (1892–1983)
• Nunc Dimittis Herbert Howells (1892–1983)
• Pater noster Jacob Handl also known as GALLUS (1550–91)
• Super flumina Babylonis Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
• Fern Hill Luke Hutton (1989)
• Uncertain Journeys (2017) Tom Henry (1971)
• Full Fathom Five Frank Martin (1890–1974)
• Factum est silentium Richard Dering (1580–1630)
• Ave verum corpus William Byrd (1542/3–1623)
• Almighty and everlasting God Orlando Gibbons (1583–1625)