Mozart’s beautiful Spatzenmesse (“Sparrow Mass”), along with contemporary works including Dan Forrest’s “Song of the Earth”, Ola Gjeilo’s “The Ground”, John Rutter’s “Requiem” and “I Will Sing with the Spirit” , Karl Jenkins’ “Better is Peace” (from The Armed Man) and “Ave Verum”, Burton Lane’s “Look to the Rainbow” (from Finian’s Rainbow), as well as Gabriel Faure’s “Cantique de Jean Racine” and a selection of motets and anthems by Anton Bruckner, Christopher Willcock, Dylan Imeneo, and Michael Trotta.
2019 Whitehorse Spring Festival
BHC performed a selection of choral works from a wide range of styles at the Whitehorse Spring Festival, 12.45pm on the main stage!
Date: Sunday 20 October 2019
Time: 10am – 4pm (BHC performing 12.45pm)
Location: Whitehorse Civic Centre, 379-397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading 3131
The Spring Festival is a free family event, presented by the Whitehorse City Council featuring 80+ locally based organisations, with five performance stages, food stalls, amusement rides and free workshops and activities. The event is regularly attended by 15,000 – 20,000 local residents.
Enjoy rides, activities, face painting, musical performances and the opportunity to learn more about our Whitehorse community.
Box Hill Chorale performed at the 2019 Whitehorse carols. A celebration of one last milestone event at the Whitehorse Centre before it was due to be demolished and rebuilt!
- Date: Sunday 15 December 2019
- Concert: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
- Free rides and amusements: 4:30pm – 9:20pm
- Location: Whitehorse Civic Centre precinct, Nunawading
Performances from Box Hill Chorale, the Box Hill City Band. as well as iconic Carols entertainers Marina Prior, David Hobson and Michael Cormick, with David Cameron on piano.
BHC members were thrilled to participate in the world premiere performance of an exciting new oratorio by Stefan Cassomenos at the 2019 RMP Aria.
A dynamic and spectacular new oratorio inspired by the great oratorios of the baroque in form and structure, the piece was written for soprano and baritone soloists, semi-chorus, choir, chamber orchestra, piano and harpsichord. This dramatic new setting is as striking as it is thought-provoking. Featuring virtuosic keyboard solos, intense choral writing and a driving rhythmic treatment of the traditional Latin text, the work examines some of the more controversial and contradictory passages contained within the Psalms from the Latin Vulgate and other selected passages of the Bible.
Soloists included the composer Stefan Cassomenos on piano, who was joined by outstanding contemporary harpsichordist Peter de Jager, soprano Cassandra Wright and baritone Christian Smith. The world premiere was conducted by Andrew Wailes.
Tickets included a free champagne reception at the conclusion of the evening, where audience members had the chance to meet the finalists, adjudicators, orchestra, choir and conductor.
Sunday 18 August at 7pm
Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne
BHC were proud to co-host a very special concert in St Paul’s Cathedral on Monday 22 July at 8pm.
Special guest were the internationally-acclaimed “Whim ‘n Rhythm” female a capella ensemble from Yale University (USA), and the fabulous Miami Children’s Chorus (USA). They were joined by The Australian Children’s Choir, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir, Melbourne University Choral Society and Box Hill Chorale.
Music by composers including Ola Gjeilo, Gerald Custer, Anton Bruckner, Sergei Rachmaninov, Joseph Rheinberger, Rene Clausen, Dan Walker, John Rutter
Accompanied by Alan Ngim and Dean Sky-Lucas
Conducted by Timothy Sharp and Andrew Wailes
Monday 22 July at 8pm
St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne
John Rutter’s Requiem & Canticles
and beautiful contemporary choral works including: John Rutter’s Canticles (“My Soul doth Magnify the Lord” and “Depart in Peace”), Gerald Custer’s “I will be the Light”, Tom Porter’s “Lux Aeterna”, and Ola Gjeilo’s “Sacred Heart” (Ubi Caritas III)
With orchestral chamber ensemble, piano, organ and soloists.
Box Hill Chorale
Phoebe Paine (soprano)
Christopher Cook (organ and piano)
Members of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Andrew Wailes
Sunday 9 June 2019 at 3pm
Christ Church, South Yarra
(Cnr Punt and Toorak Roads, South Yarra)
“Carols in the Cathedral”
BHC were thrilled to be a part of the RMP’s “Carols in the Cathedral” in 2018.
These concerts are Melbourne’s premier presentations of traditional Christmas music, carols and readings readings in the stunning setting of St Paul’s Cathedral. This year music included the world premiere performance of “An Australian Christmas” by Daniel Brinsmead (co-commissioned by Box Hill Chorale), and works by Australian composers including Helen Gifford, Sandra Milliken, and William G. James, as well as music by Kristian Hernes, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, Dan Forrest, John Purifoy, Sally De Ford, David Willcocks, Adolfe Adam, and Matthew Armstrong.
Boyd Owen, tenor
Jacinta Dennett, harp
Stefan Cassomenos, pianoforte
Adam Cook pianoforte
David Macfarlane, organ
Roland Rocchiccioli, reader
Julie Houghton, reader
The Australian Children’s Choir
Melbourne University Choral Society
Box Hill Chorale
Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir
City of Melbourne Highland Pipe Band
RMP Brass and Percussion
Andrew Wailes, conductor
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Friday 14 December 2018 at 8.30pm
Saturday 15 December 2018 at 3pm and 8pm
St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne
Saturday 1 December 2018 at 3pm and 7.30pm
“Our Christmas Gift”
Box Hill Chorale had the pleasure of participating in two spectacular “Our Christmas Gift” concerts at the Plenary Hall of the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre on Saturday. Presented by the Salvation Army, the concerts were a magnificent celebration of Christmas, and an impressive combination of music, words, technology and dramatic elements, all brought together superbly in front of nearly 10,000 patrons.
The 200 voice “Christmas Gift Massed Choir” under the direction of BHC Music Director Andrew Wailes were a central part of the show, and gave fantastic performances in no less than 15 items. The choir featured singers from Box Hill Chorale, The Australian Children’s Choir, the Sydney and Melbourne Staff Songsters, Melbourne University Choral Society, and the Melbourne Contemporary Choir.
The choirs were joined by the magnificent Melbourne Staff Band and Salvo Big Band, who provided fantastic accompaniment to a stellar line up including the one and only Silvie Paladino, and guest soloists including the divine harpist and vocalist Alana Conway, pop sensation Isaiah Firebrace, and the amazing jazz legend James Morrison, who blew the roof off the room with some virtuosic trumpet playing!
They were joined by a huge cast of singers, dancers, acrobats and actors, as well as an amazing cast of live animals. Magnificent horses delivered Silvie Paladino in her “royal” carriage at the start of the show, three majestic camels delivered the Magi, and sheep, goats and even a humble little donkey all featured in the spectacular re-telling of the Christmas story.
It was a huge thrill for Box Hill Chorale’s singers to be part of such an amazing production.
Box Hill Chorale, accompanied by Gillian McNaughton and conducted by Andrew Wailes enjoyed performing in front of a large crowd on the main stage at the 2018 Whitehorse Festival on Sunday afternoon. Bright sunshine, lots of color and excitement and huge crowds made for a spectacular day for those who attended.
Sunday 19 August 2018
Deakin Edge, Federation Square
BHC members performed Lotti’s ‘Crucifixus’ and Carissimi’s ‘Jephte’ as part of the RMP Oratorio Festival Choir at the 12th RMP Aria. They were joined by RMP strings, soloists Kate Macfarlane , Max Riebl, Brenton Spiteri and Nicholas Dinopoulos, conducted by Andrew Wailes.
Congratulations to Cairns born / Brisbane based soprano Cassandra Wright who was named winner of the 2018 RMP Aria for her glorious performances of arias from Haydn’s ‘Die Shöpfung’ and Handel’s Messiah. Runner up of this year’s RMP Aria was Melbourne-born baritone Christian Smith, who impressed with his commanding performances of arias from Handel’s ‘Acis and Galatea’ and Mendelssohn’s ‘Elijah’. Melbourne mezzo-soprano Shakira Tsindos was the third place winner, with her moving renditions of Rossini, Handel and Saint-Saëns. Adelaide soprano Karina Bligh was named the recipient of the 2018 Conductor’s Encouragement Award for her sparkling rendition of Mozart’s ‘Exultate Jubilate’. The audience was also treated to some excellent singing from Adelaide mezzo-soprano Charlotte Kelso, Brisbane-trained soprano Jane Magão, and Perth-based soprano Brianna Louwen.
Box Hill Salvation Army Citadel 2pm
“Melbourne Staff Band in Concert with Box Hill Chorale”
Fresh from the success of our concert of music from Vienna’s Imperial Chapel at Box Hill Town Hall, the Box Hill Chorale performed a pleasant Sunday afternoon concert on 17 June with our friends from the extremely talented Melbourne Staff Band of the Salvation Army.
BHC performed a number of short motets by composers including John Rutter, Howard Goodall, John Leavitt, Christopher Willcock and Leonard Bernstein.
Box Hill Town Hall at 7.30pm
“Music from Vienna’s Imperial Court Chapel”
This concert will feature a magnificent selection of music from Vienna’s Imperial Court Chapel, by some of Austria’s finest composers, including the gloriousTe Deum No. 2 in C for Empress Marie Therese (Hob.XXIIIc:2) by Joseph Haydn; W.A. Mozart’s sparkling Exultate Jubilate, and Laudate Dominum (from the Solemn Vespers of the Confessor), Joseph Leopold Eybler ‘s orchestral motet Cantate Domino, excerpts from Franz Schubert‘s beautiful Mass in G Major and Tantum Ergo, the rarely-heard Benedicite Dominum in E major (MH 381) by Johann Michael Haydn, and more.
The concert will be held in the Box Hill Town Hall and will feature outstanding soloists.
Ticket includes light refreshments at the conclusion of the concert.