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Join presenters Kit Millais and Ruth O’Reilly as they explore the wealth of choral music from hundreds of years ago to the present day.

Kit and Ruth both aspire to share Australian choral compositions and performers. If you are an Australian choral composer, conductor, or performer and would like to present your work with our listeners, please get in touch via email choralmasterworks@3mbs.org.au or Facebook (”Choral Masterworks_3MBS Fine Music Melbourne”)

Ruth O’Reilly & Kit Millais


18th July

Show Playlist
  • Barton, William: I Dream of Sacred .. I Am My Dream. William Barton, didjeridu Southern Cross Soloists .
  • Willcock, Christopher: Night Thoughts. Academy of Melbourne Brass Ensemble, Ensemble Gombert/Brett Kelly.
  • Maclean, Clare: Love was his meaning. Sydney Chamber Choir/Nicholas Routley.
  • Sculthorpe, Peter: Requiem. William Barton, didjeridu Adelaide Chamber Singers, Adelaide SO/Arvo Volmer.
  • Vine, Carl (arr. O'Leary, Mark): Love me Sweet. Sally Whitwell, pno. Ensemble, Gondwana Voices/Mark O'Leary.
  • Abbott, Katy: This is My Home. MLC CO, MLC School Senior Chamber Choir/Ian Munns.
  • Adams, Stephen: Sydney Dreaming. Adelaide Chamber Singers/Carl Crossin.
  • Stanhope, Paul: I Have not your Dreaming. The Vocal Consort/Noel Ancell.

  • 11th July

    Show Playlist
  • Jones, Trevor: Sunburnt Country. The Vocal Consort/Noel Ancell.
  • Stanhope, Paul: Pirramimma. St Peters Chorale/Graeme Morton.
  • Sculthorpe, Peter: Sun Music for Voices. Australian Boys' Choir, The Vocal Consort/Noel Ancell.
  • Theatre, Corey: Palapitj-ngu, Kaloyn-I (The Six Seasons, from cold to hot). Archie Roach, voc., Joe Chindamo, kybd. St Patricks & consolidated schools Choir, Strings of the Spring Festival .
  • Sculthorpe, Peter: Child of Australia. Joan Carden, sop., John Howard, spkr. Australian Youth Orch, Sydney Philharmonia Choir/William Reid.
  • Welch, Jonathon: Street Requiem. Danielle Matthews, sop., Jonathon Welch, ten., Liane Keegan, contr. Choir of Hope & Inspiration, Combined Choirs/Jonathon Welch.

  • 4th July

    Show Playlist
  • Copland, Aaron: Canticle of Freedom. Seattle SO, Seattle Symphony Chorale/Gerard Schwarz.
  • Lauridsen, Morten: Mid-Winter Songs. Leslie De' Ath, pno. Elora Festival Singers/Noel Edison.
  • Persichetti, Vincent: Flower songs. University of Texas Chamber Singers, University of Texas CO .
  • Boulanger, Lili: Psalm 130. Julian Podger, ten., Sally Bruce-Payne, alto London SO, Monteverdi Choir/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Poulenc, Francis: Seven Chansons. RIAS Chamber Choir/Daniel Reuss.
  • Charpentier, Marc-Antoine: Elevation, H.408. Musica Polyphonica, Namur Chamber Choir/Louis Devos.

  • 27th June

    Show Playlist
  • Liszt, Franz: Missa Choralis S10. Hungarian Youth Ensemble Choir/Kalman Strausz. Zsuzsa Elekes, org.
  • Kodaly, Zoltan: Budavari Te Deum. Melbourne University Choral Society. Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir. Melbourne Youth Orch/Peter Bandy.
  • Ligeti, Gyorgy: Lux aeterna. Clare College Choir/Timothy Brown.
  • Bartok, Bela: Cantata Profana, Sz94. John Aler, ten. John Tomlinson, bass. Chicago SO & Chorus/Pierre Boulez.
  • Martin, Frank: Mass for Double Choir. Seattle Pro Musica/Karen P Thomas.

  • 20th June

    Show Playlist
  • Bray, Charlotte: Agnus Dei. Elizabeth Drury, sop. ORA/Suzi Digby.
  • Williams G: Ave Maris Stella. Richard Hickox Singers/Richard Hickox.
  • Bingham, Judith: The Drowned Lovers. Tenebrae/Nigel Short.
  • McDowall, Cecilia: The Lord is Good. Miranda Laurence, sop., Susanna Fairbairn, sop. Sospiri/Christopher Watson.
  • Thomas, Karen P: Lux Lucis. Seattle Pro Musica, Women's Schola/Karen P Thomas.
  • Beach, Amy: Grand Mass in E flat, Op.5. Barbara Schramm, m-sop., Charles Aronowitz, drums, Daniel Beckwith, org., Elaine Bunse, sop., Irene Emmanuel, harp, Jeff Pines, drums, Leonard Jay Gould, bar., Paul Rogers, ten. Michael May Festival Chorus/Michael May.
  • Lightfoot, Mary Lynn: Gloria Deo. Eltham East Primary School Choir/Anne Williams.
  • Holland, Dulcie: Alleluia. Australian Boys' Choir, The Vocal Consort/Noel Ancell.
  • Whitwell, Sally: Echo. Sally Whitwell, pno. Vox/Elizabeth Scott.

  • 13th June

    Show Playlist
  • Dyson, George: Three Choral Hymns. Thomas Trotter, org. St Michael's Singers/Jonathan Rennert.
  • McDowall, Cecilia: Standing as I do before God. Sospiri/Christopher Watson.
  • Walton, Sir William: Gloria. Ameral Gunson, contr., Neil Mackie, ten., Stephen Roberts, bass Bach Choir, Philharmonia Orch/Sir David Willcocks.
  • Howells, Herbert: Three Latin Church Motets. Thomas Heywood, org. Ormond College Choir/Douglas Lawrence.
  • Elgar, Sir Edward: The Music Makers Op.69. Jean Rigby, m-sop. BBC SO, BBC Symphony Chorus/Sir Andrew Davis.
  • Lambert, Constant: The Rio Grande. Della Jones, m-sop., Kathryn Stott, pno. BBC Concert Orch, BBC Singers/Barry Wordsworth.

  • 6th June

    Show Playlist
  • Britten, Benjamin: Hymn to St.Cecilia, Op.27. The Song Company .
  • Stanford, Sir Charles: On Time, Op.142. Tenebrae/Nigel Short.
  • Finzi, Gerald: For St. Cecilia, Op.30. James Gilchrist, ten. Bournemouth SO, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus/David Hill.
  • Purcell, Henry: Ode on St. Cecilia's Day, ' Hail Bright Cecilia'. Alexander Young, ten., John Shirley-Quirk, bar., Michael Rippon, bass, Paul Esswood, alto, Roland Tatnell, alto., Simon Woolf, treb. Ambrosian Singers, English CO, Tiffin Choir/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Jackson, Gabriel: Ave, regina caelorum. Anna Sandstrom, sop., Warwick Payne, gtr. Hallelujah Junction/Jonathan Grieves-Smith.
  • Kats-Chernin, Elena: Diva. Amelia Farrugia, sop., Guy Noble, narrator, Tamara-Anna Cislowska, pno. Luminescence Chamber Choir .

  • 30th May

    Show Playlist
  • Byrd, William: This sweet and merry month of May. Adrian Phillips, bar., David Durance, bass, Deborah Kayser, sop., Grantley MacDonald, bar., Margaret Arnold, alto, Matthew Flood, ten., Vivien Hamilton, sop.
  • Taverner, John: Mass 'The Western Wynde' for four voices. The Sixteen/Harry Christophers.
  • Rutter, John: Requiem. English CO, King's College Choir Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury.
  • Bingham, Judith: God would be born in thee. King's College Choir Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury.
  • Little, Jonathan D.: Woefully Arrayed, Op.13. Vox Futura/Andrew Shenton.
  • Leighton, Kenneth: A Hymn to the Trinity. Trinity College Choir, Melbourne/Michael Leighton Jones.


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