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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


24th October

Show Playlist
  • Weckmann, Matthias: Hail, Thou That Art Highly Favoured. Cantus Colln/Konrad Junghanel.
  • Handel, George Frederic: Nisi Dominus. Charles Brett, alto., Ian Partridge, ten., Michael George, bass Sixteen Choir, Sixteen Orch/Harry Christophers.
  • Hasse, Johann Adolph: Te deum laudamus. Andrea Ihle, sop. Dresden Boys' Choir, Dresden State Orch/Konrad Wagner.
  • Bach CPE: Die alte Litanie, Wq.204/1. Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam/Harry Van der Kamp.
  • Mendelssohn, Felix: Hear my prayer, O God incline thine ear. Anne Dawson, sop., John Scott, org. Corydon Singers, English CO/Matthew Best.
  • Brahms, Johannes: Alto Rhapsody, Op.53. Dame Janet Baker, m-sop. John Alldis Choir, London PO/Sir Adrian Boult.
  • Brahms, Johannes: Fest und Gedenkspruche, Op.109. Collegium Vocale Cologne, La Chapelle Royale/Philippe Herreweghe.
  • Schnittke, Alfred: Three Sacred Hymns. Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir/Paul Hillier.
  • Brahms, Johannes (arr. Leighton Jones, Michael): Wiegenlied, Op.49/4 (Lullaby). Delyth Sian Stafford, harp, Jonathan Bradley, pno., Peter Clark, vln. Trinity College Choir, Melbourne/Michael Leighton Jones.

  • 17th October

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  • Fayrfax, Robert: Maria Plena Virtute. The Cardinall's Musick .
  • Browne, John: O Maria salvatoris - motet for 8 voices. Taverner Choir/Andrew Parrott.
  • Gorecki, Henryk Mikolaj: The Five Marian Songs, Op.54. Los Angeles Master Chorale/Grant Gershon.
  • Bruckner, Anton: Tota pulchra es Maria. Freiburg Vocal Ensemble/Wolfgang Schafer.
  • Lobo, Alonso: Missa Maria Magdalene. Tallis Scholars/Peter Phillips.
  • Palestrina, G. P. da: Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary a 8. King's College Choir Cambridge/Sir David Willcocks.
  • Stravinsky, Igor: Ave Maria. Cambridge Singers/John Rutter.
  • Clingan, Judith: Hymn to the Virgin. Ralph Morton, org. Australian Voices Youth Choir/Graeme Morton.

  • 10th October

    Show Playlist
  • Bax, Sir Arnold: To the Name Above Every Name. Christine Bunning, sop. BBC PO, Huddersfield Choral Society/Martyn Brabbins.
  • Delius, Frederick: Appalachia. John Shirley-Quirk, bar. London Symphony Chorus, Royal PO/Richard Hickox.

  • 3rd October

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  • Strauss R: Taillefer, Op.52. Elisabeth-Maria Wachutka, sop., Hans Aschenbach, ten., Hans-Peter Scheidegger, bass Munich Motet Choir, Munich SO/Hayko Siemens.
  • Bruckner, Anton: Mass No.3 in F minor. Claudia Hellmann, contr., Ernst Haefliger, ten., Kim Borg, bass, Maria Stader, sop. Bavarian Radio Chorus, Bavarian RSO/Eugen Jochum.

  • 26th September

    Show Playlist
  • Lowry, Robert (arr. Ellingboe, Bradley): How Can I Keep from Singing. Australian Girls Choir/Vicky King.
  • Sillers, Tia (arr. Puddy, Mark): I Hope You Dance. Australian Girls Choir/Kylie Lee-Archer.
  • Jarman, Paul: Pemulwuy. Andrew McDonald, perc., Justine Favell, pno. The Birralee Blokes/Paul Holley.
  • Copland, Aaron: Canticle of Freedom. Seattle SO, Seattle Symphony Chorale/Gerard Schwarz.
  • Higdon, Jennifer: The Singing Rooms. Jennifer Koh, vln. Atlanta SO, Atlanta Symphony Chorus/Robert Spano.
  • Leek, Stephen: Verticle Blue. Australian Voices Youth Choir/Stephen Leek.
  • Butterley, Nigel: True Samaritan. The Contemporary Singers/Antony Walker.
  • Jones, Trevor: Sunburnt Country. The Vocal Consort/Noel Ancell.
  • Paulus, Stephen: The Day is Done. Trinity College Choir, Cambridge/Stephen Layton.

  • 19th September

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  • Vivaldi, Antonio: In exitu Israel (Psalm 113), RV604. English CO, John Alldis Choir/Vittorio Negri.
  • Byrd, William: In exitu Israel. Cardinall's Musick/Andrew Carwood.
  • Steffani, Agostino: Qui diligit Mariam. Cecilia Bartoli, m-sop., Franco Fagioli, alto., Salvo Vitale, bass I Barocchisti, Radio Svizzera Choir/Diego Fasolis.
  • Brixi, Frantisek Xaver: Opus patheticum de septem doloribus beate Mariae virginis, NOV.9/11. Christel Borchers, alto, Ibolya Verebics, sop., Joachim Gebhardt, bass, Scot Weir, ten. Kuehn Mixed Chorus, Prague CO/Helmuth Rilling.
  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Mass No.7 in C, 'In Honour of the Blessed Trinity', K.167. Barbara Schlick, sop., Klaus Mertens, bass, Markus Schafer, ten., Ulla Groenewold, contr. Collegium Cartusianum, Cologne Chamber Choir/Peter Neumann.
  • Cooman, Carson P.: Be Present, Holy Trinity. Samuel Rathbone, org. Royal Holloway Choir, London University/Rupert Gough.
  • Casals, Pablo (arr. Higginbottom, Edward): Te lucis ante terminum. New College Choir, Oxford/Edward Higginbottom.
  • Tallis, Thomas: Te lucis ante terminum. Sixteen Choir/Harry Christophers.
  • Gardiner, Henry Balfour: Evening hymn. Mark Quarmby, org. St Andrew's Cathedral Choir, Sydney/Michael Deasey.

  • 12th September

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  • Dubra, Rihards: Missa de Spiritu Sancto. Alexander Norman, org. Royal Holloway Choir, London University/Rupert Gough.
  • Chesnokov, Pavel: Eternal counsel. St Petersburg Male Choir/Vadim Afanasiev.
  • Chesnokov, Pavel: From my youth. St Petersburg Male Choir/Vadim Afanasiev.
  • Hildegard von Bingen: O Ecclesia. Sequentia .
  • Bax, Sir Arnold: This Worldes Joie. The Carice Singers/George Parris.
  • Bax, Sir Arnold: I Sing of a Maiden that is makeless. The Carice Singers/George Parris.
  • Stanford, Sir Charles: Stabat Mater, Op.96. Catherine Hopper, m-sop., David Soar, bass, Elizabeth Cragg, sop., Robert Murray, ten. Bach Choir, Bournemouth SO/David Hill.
  • Nunn, Philip: I Heard the Owl Call My Name. Australian Chamber Choir/Douglas Lawrence.

  • 5th September

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  • Gombert, Nicolas: Quam pulchra es. Benedict Hymas, ten. Stile Antico .
  • Victoria, Tomas Luis de: Vadam et circuibo. Benedict Hymas, ten. Stile Antico .
  • Satie, Erik: Messe des pauvres. Gaston Litaize, org. Orchestre de Paris, Rene Duclos Choir/Pierre Dervaux.
  • Gade, Niels W: The Elf-King's Daughter, Op.30. Anne Gjevang, m-sop., Eva Johansson, sop., Poul Elming, ten. Danish National Radio Choir, Danish RSO/Dmitri Kitajenko.
  • Boyd, Anne: As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams. The Contemporary Singers/Antony Walker.
  • Leek, Stephen: Songs of Sea, Space and Sky. St Peters Chorale/Graeme Morton.

  • 29th August

    Show Playlist
  • Bowman, Calvin: Child in Nature. Robyn Cochrane, pno. National Boys' Choir of Australia .
  • 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 .
  • Orff, Carl: Carmina Burana. Edita Gruberova, sop., John Aler, ten., Thomas Hampson, bar. Berlin Cathedral Boys Choir, Berlin PO, Shin-Yu Kai Choir/Seiji Ozawa.
  • Cronin, Stephen: Carmina pu!. The Song Company .


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