The Australian Chamber Choir was created and is conducted by Douglas Lawrence, internationally regarded, Melbourne-based conductor and organist, and Director Of Music at SCOTS CHURCH, Collins Street.
Douglas Lawrence has enjoyed an enviable reputation over many years as a free-lance conductor. He was at the forefront of period-authentic performance in this country, presenting the first performances in Melbourne of JS Bach’s MASS IN B MINOR, the ST. JOHN PASSION and Handel’s MESSIAH using original instruments.
It is in his work with choral ensembles, however, that he has undoutedly gained the highest accolades.
He was the founder of the CHOIR OF ORMOND COLLEGE, Melbourne in 1982 which, through its regular touring and commitment to both live and studio recording came to be regarded as one of the finest choirs in the world. Hewas instrumental in building a profile for the choir which, in Australia, included giving performances for the AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, MUSICA VIVA, THE MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL and the MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ORGAN & HARPSICHORD the, PORT FAIRY SPRING MUSIC FESTIVAL and for the NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA. He established its enormous international touring presence, starting with a ten city tour of New Zealand in 1985, and going on to some twenty-years of regular, biannual European touring, giving concerts in Germany, France, Denmark, The Netherlands and Italy, appearing at the ACCADEMIA CHIGIANA in Sienna, the LEEDS SUMMER FESTIVAL and the DUNKELD FESTIVAL in Scotland, Denmark’s VENDSYSSELL FESTIVAL and the FESTIVAL DU L’ORGUE ANCIEN in Sion, Switzerland celebrating the world’s oldest organ. During 1993 and 1995 he conducted the Choir Of Ormond College on tour in Japan.
Douglas Lawrence conducted the CHOIR OF ORMOND COLLEGE in a massive ouvre of both studio and live performances including the Mozart REQUIEM, JS Bach’s MASS IN B MINOR, in recordings of spirituals, folk songs and drinking songs, Britten’s CEREMONY OF CAROLS, and HYMN TO ST. CECILIA and the Barber ADAGIO FOR STRINGS in its choral version.
The Australian Chamber Choir, founded in 2007, is established directly on this exceptional choral tradition.
Comprised of only eighteen, fine, hand-picked voices, the Australian Chamber Choir‘s programming places an emphasis on the major choral works of the Renaissance period, of the master-works of JS Bach and on premiering original and specially commissioned works by Australian composers.
In its very first year it embarked on a 20-concert tour of Europe which included concerts in KONSTANZ CATHEDRAL in Switzerland and appearances at the GDANSK 50TH INTERNATIONAL ORGAN FESTIVAL in Poland. It has commenced a regular, annual concerts series in Melbourne and is already in the recording studio.
During 2009 it appeared in the program of the PENINSULA MUSIC SOCIETY, returned to tour in Europe and was recorded by ABC CLASSIC FM.
The ABC‘s regard of the choir has since been further evidenced by its regular recording for broadcast of the choir’s highly successful subscription concert series each year since and during 2010 the choir was engaged to present a Christmas program for the ABC‘s SUNDAY LIVE series of broadcast concerts from the IWAKI AUDITORIUM in Melbourne.
During 2011 the Australian Chamber Choir presented a further series of three subscription concerts in Melbourne, two of which will be recorded by ABC CLASSIC FM for broadcast. It embarked on its third European bi-annual concert tour which included concerts in Freiburg and Cologne cathedrals, three concerts in Berlin and one in HOLY TRINITY CATHEDRAL in Paris. Of its performances in the BONN MINSTER SUMMER CONCERTS SERIES, the GENERAL ANZEIGER BONN wrote, …the sound produced by this ensemble was quite simply phenomenal: flawless intonation, superb uniformity, perfect tonal balance, astounding dynamic range and sleek voice-leading…heavenly, ethereal sound., while the AUGSBURGER ALLGEMAINE said, …a performance of the highest artistic level., and the SCHWÄBISCHE ZEITUNG reveiwer said, …vocally perfect. Excellence and vivacity were intimately linked.
International touring plans for 2013 included concerts in Berlin, Leipzig, Paris and in the programs of the 6TH INTERNATIONAL MOZART PLUS FESTIVAL and FESTIVAL NON SOLA SCRIPTA both in Poland, the SCHWABISCHE ZEITUNG writing,…sophisticated sound and self-evident virtuosity, continue to astound with the most demanding choral repertoire., the AUGSBURGER ALLGEMAINE saying… imaginative programming under Douglas Lawrence’s inspirational direction… conjuring dazzling highlights.
THE AGE wrote of performances in Melbourne in 2013, …choral work of the top rank, as lucidly articulated as you could desire., and during 2014, … the radiant polyphony of Gabrieli’s IN ECCLESIIS was the perfect final word from this impressive ensemble.
The choir returned to Europe for an extensive performance tour during 2015 and performed Bach’s MASS IN B MINOR, for the PENINSULA MUSIC SOCIETY in Melbourne, during 2016.
2017 includes a MORNING MUSIC concert for the DAREBIN ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE in Melbourne.
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