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Major works, sacred and secular, of the choral repertoire from Early Music to Contemporary works, performed by pre-eminent choral ensembles and choirs from around the world. 

Choral Masterworks Theme Music:

J.S. Bach, Motet: Singet dem Herrn BWV225, Vocalconsort Berlin/Marcus Creed

Service of Nine Lessons and Carols –

The Choir of Trinity College, Melbourne

8pm Sunday December 24th

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Join us on Christmas Eve as we celebrate the coming of Christmas with the wonderful tradition of Nine Lessons and Carols from the Choir of Trinity College, Melbourne and Director of Music, Christopher Watson.

“The internationally acclaimed Choir of Trinity College is the flagship of Trinity’s musical life.”

Bronwen joined 3MBS in 2017 to nurture a radio seed planted while listening as a child to Radio Australia in Bangladesh where her parents volunteered in the 1970s. She would call the cuckoo part of Haydn’s Toy Symphony from her bed and grew up on a healthy diet of hymn singing in church on Sundays.

Bronwen learnt the cello while at primary and high school in South Australia; however, she chose to pursue an Honours degree in Politics and Development Studies at university. After ...learn more

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17th March

Show Playlist
  • Mendelssohn: Paulus Op.36. Theo Adam, bass, Hans-Peter Blochwitz, ten., Gundula Janowitz, sop., Rosemarie Lang, sop., Leipzig Radio Choir, Gewandhaus Children's Choir, Gewandhaus Orch/Kurt Masur.
  • Berlioz: Eight scenes of Faust, Op.1. John Mark Ainsley, ten., Pierre-Vincent Plante, cor ang., Susanne Mentzer, m-sop., Susan Graham, m-sop., Philip Cokorinos, bar., Davis Joachim, gtr., Montreal SO, Montreal Symphonic Choir/Charles Dutoit.
  • Boyd: As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams. Sydney Chamber Choir/Nicholas Routley.
  • Ligeti: Lux aeterna. Clare College Choir/Timothy Brown.

  • 10th March

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  • Hildegard von Bingen: O tu suavissima virga. Brooke Green, viola da gamba, Singers of St Laurence/Neil McEwan.
  • Machaut: Qui es promesses. Early Music Consort of London/David Munrow.
  • Machaut: Lasse! Comment oublieray. Early Music Consort of London/David Munrow.
  • Rameau: Quam dilecta. Stephen Varcoe, bar., Guy de Mey, ten., Peter Kooy, bass, Henri Ledroit, alto., Suzanne Gari, sop., Lieve Monbaliu, sop., La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale Orch, Collegium Vocale Ghent/Philippe Herreweghe.
  • Mendelssohn: Paulus Op.36. Theo Adam, bass, Hans-Peter Blochwitz, ten., Gundula Janowitz, sop., Rosemarie Lang, sop., Leipzig Radio Choir, Gewandhaus Children's Choir, Gewandhaus Orch/Kurt Masur.
  • Kats-Chernin: Prelude and Cube. Jane Sheldon, sop., Australian Brandenburg Orch, Brandenburg Choir/Paul Dyer.

  • 3rd March

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  • Hildegard von Bingen: O great wonder. Anonymous 4.
  • Lully: Dies Irae. Guillemette Laurens, m-sop., Peter Kooy, bass, Howard Crook, ten., Donna Brown, sop., Herve Lamy, ten., La Chapelle Royale/Philippe Herreweghe.
  • Tchaikovsky: Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41 (excerpts). St Petersburg Chamber Choir/Nikolai Korniev.
  • Poulenc: Les Biches. Philharmonia Orch, Ambrosian Singers/Georges Pretre.
  • Tippett: A Child of our Time: Five Negro Spirituals. John Porter, org., St George's Chapel Choir, Windsor/Christopher Robinson.
  • Barber: Agnus Dei, Op.11. Cantillation/Antony Walker.
  • Whitwell: She Walks in Beauty. Sally Whitwell, pno., Vox/Elizabeth Scott.

  • 17th February

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  • Hildegard von Bingen: Veni spiritus eternorum. Anonymous 4.
  • Hassler: Pater Noster. Niederrheinische Chorgemeinschaft/Hartmut Schmidt.
  • Schutz: Selig sind die Toten, SWV391. Trinity College Choir, Melbourne/Michael Leighton Jones.
  • Bach: Motet: Lobet den Herrn alle Heiden, BWV230. Cantillation, Orch of the Antipodes/Antony Walker.
  • Brahms: A German Requiem, Op.45. Thomas Quasthoff, bass-baritone, Dorothea Roschmann, sop., Berlin PO, Berlin Radio Chorus/Sir Simon Rattle.
  • Weill: Berlin Requiem. Peter Kooy, bass, Alexandre Laiter, ten., Ensemble Musique Oblique, La Chapelle Royale Choir/Philippe Herreweghe.
  • Orff: Andacht's Jodler. Imogen Children's Chorale/Laurie Gaffney.

  • 10th February

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  • Anonymous: Veni creator spiritus. Hilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier.
  • Bach: Cantata BWV 39, Deal the hungry ones thy bread. Ruth Holton, sop., Bas Ramselaar, bass-baritone, Sytse Buwalda, alto, Holland Boys' Choir, Netherlands Bach Collegium/Pieter Jan Leusnik.
  • Handel: Wedding Anthem for Prince Frederick and Princess Augusta, Sing unto God. James Bowman, alto., Michael George, bass, John Mark Ainsley, ten., Gillian Fisher, sop., New College Choir, Oxford, King's Consort/Robert King.
  • Mozart: Mass No.18 in C minor, 'Great', K427. Arleen Auger, sop., Frederica von Stade, mezzo-sop, Cornelius Hauptmann, bass, Frank Lopardo, ten., Bavarian RSO, Bavarian Radio Chorus/Leonard Bernstein.
  • Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream: Now the hungry lion roars. Elizabeth Harwood, sop., Alfred Deller, alto., London SO/Benjamin Britten.
  • Orlovich: Butterflies Dance. Concordis Chamber Choir/Andrew Hunter.

  • 3rd February

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  • Agricola: In the ''Chant sur le livre'' style. Huelgas Ensemble/Paul Van Nevel.
  • Ockeghem: Missa Prolationum. Hilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier.
  • Brixi: Opus patheticum de septem doloribus beate Mariae virginis, NOV.9/11. Ibolya Verebics, sop., Christel Borchers, alto, Scot Weir, ten., Joachim Gebhardt, bass, Prague CO, Kuehn Mixed Chorus/Helmuth Rilling.
  • Brahms: Song of Destiny, Op.54. Malvern SO, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir, West Gippsland Chorale/Andrew Wailes.
  • Various: Traditional Lithuanian Works. Langas Chorale/Rita Kraucaite.
  • Sting: Fragile. Don Burrows, fte., The Idea of North.

  • 27th January

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  • Lassus: Matona mia cara. Collegium Vocale Cologne/Wolfgang Fromme.
  • Schumann: Paradise and the Peri, Op.50. Barbara Bonney, sop., Neill Archer, ten., Christoph Pregardien, ten., Cornelius Hauptmann, bass, Gerald Finley, bass-baritone, Bernarda Fink, m-sop., Alexandra Coku, sop., Monteverdi Choir, ORR/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Tavener: Hymns of Paradise. David Dunnett, org., Donald Sweeney, bass, Winchester Cathedral Choir/David Hill.

  • 20th January

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  • Byrd: Mass for four voices. Winchester Cathedral Choir/David Hill.
  • Pergolesi: Stabat Mater. Patrizia Bovi, sop., Pino de Vittorio, ten., Les Pages & Les Chantres de la Chapelle, Le Poeme Harmonique/Olivier Schneebeli.
  • Haydn: Mass in B flat, " Little Organ", Hob.XXII:7. Stephen Varcoe, bar., Janice Watson, sop., Pamela Stephen, m-sop., Mark Padmore, ten., Collegium Musicum 90/Richard Hickox.
  • Brahms: Alto Rhapsody, Op.53. Aafje Heynis, contr., Concertgebouw Orch, Amsterdam, Royal Male Choir/Eduard van Beinum.
  • Butterley: True Samaritan. The Contemporary Singers/Antony Walker.
  • Stravinsky: Three Russian Sacred Choruses. Gregg Smith Singers/Robert Craft.