Here at Sydney Philharmonia Choirs we’ve valiantly continued to sing under the challenges of COVID-19 – zooming in from our homes each week to rehearse and sharing our music-making with you in the digital realm.
But we all know – and you know – it’s simply not the same as real-life concert-giving. We’ve been missing it. You’ve been missing it.
Now, as restrictions begin to lift, we are excited to bring you a live concert in the vaulted space of St Andrew’s Cathedral.
In putting this concert together, our choices have been practical: we’re featuring music for small choir and just four instrumentalists – music that will allow us all to keep our distance. Music we know and love.
But, as our conductor Brett Weymark points out, the constraints have resulted in a program that is satisfying and consoling. Imagine: from silence a single line emerges singing of charity, love and gathering together to forget the frictions in our lives and experience true joy. That’s the Latin prayer of Duruflé’s Ubi caritas. Then the sheer beauty of Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine – a song of hope in which we literally ‘break the silence’. And we reprise Fauré’s Requiem, not in its grand symphonic version, but in an arrangement that restores its original conception as something intimate and restful. If 2020 has left you feeling drained and exhausted, then Fauré’s Requiem will restore your spirit and heal your soul.
Join us for the consoling power of the human voice – in real life.
Saturday 31st October 5pm
St Andrews Cathedral
DURUFLE Ubi caritas
FAURE Cantique de Jean Racine
FAURE Requiem (arr. for chamber ensemble by David Hill)
Brett Weymark conductor
Sydney Philharmonia Chamber Singers and VOX
Guest treble soloist from St Andrew’s Cathedral Choir
Ross Cobb* organ, Fiona Ziegler violin, Anthea Cottee cello, Owen Torr harp
* courtesy St Andrew’s Cathedral
Concert duration: 50 minutes, no interval
General Admission $50