The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra is presenting one of classical music’s greatest and most famous works, the breathtaking Mozart’s Requiem, featuring the Brandenburg Choir, at concerts in Sydney and Melbourne.
The exciting programme prior to interval will include a wide selection featuring Williams Festive Alleluia, Palestrina Alma Redemptoris Mater with the Brandenburg Choir and Handel Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah with both the Brandenburg Choir and Brandenburg Young Voices. After interval the MOZART Requiem Mass in D minor, K. 626 with the Brandenburg Choir & soloists will be performed.
This will be the Brandenburg’s first performance of Handel’s rousing Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah, with over 100 voices combined from the Brandenburg Choir and Brandenburg Young Voices. Four young emerging soloists will perform with the Brandenburg Choir, two of whom first performed in Brandenburg concerts as boy trebles, tenor Paul Sutton with the St Mary’s Cathedral Choir in Sydney in 2003 and Maximilian Riebl, the winner of the IFAC Australian Singing Competition in 2015, with the Melbourne Grammar School Chapel Choir in Melbourne in 2008. Hayden Barrington first performed with the Brandenburg as a boy treble with Trinity Grammar School in 2008 and returned as a baritone to the Brandenburg Choir in 2015.
Artistic Director and Conductor, Paul Dyer AO commented “Children’s voices were part of the musical landscape in the Renaissance and Baroque. It is time to bring that glorious sound back to the Brandenburg stage and we are going to do it in a huge way.” Paul with the assistance of Guest Conductors, Anna Sandström in Sydney and Philip Carmody in Melbourne, has formed a specially selected children’s choir, the Brandenburg Young Voices, to perform in the first half of the concert program. The Brandenburg Young Voices range in age from 8 to 17 years. Some are from Australia’s leading children’s choirs and some perform with their school.
Only time will tell how many of the Brandenburg Young Voices will return to the Brandenburg as adults, like Paul Sutton, Maximilian Riebl and Hayden Barrington, but there is no doubt that the opportunity to perform on the professional stage alongside the acclaimed Brandenburg Choir will be life changing.
Sydney: City Recital Hall, 2 Angel Place on 29 & 30 April plus 4, 6 & 11 May at 7 pm with a Matinee on 30 April at 2 pm.
Melbourne: Recital Centre on 7 May at 7pm and 8 May at 5 pm.