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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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13th January

Show Playlist
  • St Godric: Crist and Sainte Marie. The Song Company.
  • Vecchi: Bando del Asino. The Song Company.
  • Telemann: Motet: Deus judicum tuum. Patrizia Kwella, sop., Michael George, bass, Catherine Denley, m-sop., Mark Tucker, ten., Collegium Musicum 90/Richard Hickox.
  • Haydn: Mass in B flat, "Harmony", Hob.XXll:14. Stephen Varcoe, bar., Nancy Argenta, sop., Pamela Stephen, m-sop., Mark Padmore, ten., Collegium Musicum 90/Richard Hickox.
  • Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs. Michael Leighton Jones, bar., Jonathan Bradley, pno., Trinity College Choir, Melbourne, Tinalley String Quartet/Michael Leighton Jones.
  • Bruckner: Os justi. Voces 8.
  • Reger: Das Agnus Dei. Voces 8.
  • Reger: Wir glauben an einen Gott. Voces 8.

  • 6th January

    Show Playlist
  • Lassus: Missa Venatorum. Christ Church Cathedral Choir/Stephen Darlington.
  • Schutz: Psalmen Davids. Laurence Cummings, org., /Jeremy Summerly.
  • Schubert: Mass No.2 in G, D167. Vida Sinkute, sop., Audrius Rubezius, ten., Dainius Puisys, bass, Langas Chorale/Rita Kraucaite.
  • Lim: Xi (Double Happiness). The Song Company.

  • 30th December

    Show Playlist
  • Gabrieli: Jubilate Deo. His Majesty's Sagbutts and Cornetts, Gentlemen of the Chapel/Peter Bassano.
  • Victoria: O magnum mysterium. Gloriana/Andrew Raiskums.
  • Schutz: Let all give thanks to God. Musica Fiata, Stuttgart Chamber Choir/Frieder Bernius.
  • Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248 (2nd. disc). Michael Chance, alto., Barbara Schlick, sop., Peter Kooy, bass, Howard Crook, ten., Collegium Vocale Orch, Collegium Vocale Ghent/Philippe Herreweghe.
  • Saint-Saens: Christmas Oratorio, Op.12. Dresden Philharmonic, Dresden Kreuz Choir/Martin Flamig.
  • Schoenberg: Three Times a Thousand Years, Op.50a. BBC Singers/Pierre Boulez.
  • Hoiby: Hymn to the New Age. William Ferris Chorale.
  • Bowie (arr. Walker): Golden Years. Cantillation/Philip Chu.

  • 23rd December

    Show Playlist
  • Charpentier: Dialogue between the Angels and the Shepherds, H.420. Tracy Smith Bessette, sop., Christine Stelmacovitch, m-sop., David Nortman, ten., Curtis Streetman, bass, Aradia Ensemble/Kevin Mallon.
  • Bach: Cantata BWV123, Dearest Emanuel, Ruler of the Pious. Knut Schoch, ten., Bas Ramselaar, bass-baritone, Sytse Buwalda, alto, Holland Boys' Choir, Netherlands Bach Collegium/Pieter Jan Leusnik.
  • Haydn: Mass in G, 'Saint Nicholas', Hob.XXII:6. Catherine Robbin, m-sop., Nancy Argenta, sop., Alastair Miles, bass, Michael Schade, ten., English Concert, English Concert Choir/Trevor Pinnock.
  • Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols. Stephen Varcoe, bar., Stephen Orton, vlc., Cambridge Singers/John Rutter.
  • Sculthorpe: Morning Song for the Christ Child. The Vocal Consort, Australian Boys' Choir/Noel Ancell.
  • Trotta: Veni, Veni, Emmanuel. Unnamed Orch, Mystical Voices Chorale/Michael John Trotta.
  • Scheidt: In Dulcie Jubilo. John Scott, org., Michael Meekes, tpt., Edward Hobart, tpt., Cambridge Singers/John Rutter.
  • Holst: Christmas Day. Quodlibet Singers, Queensland PO/Ralph Morton.
  • Gruber (arr. Drury): Silent Night. Cantillation/Antony Walker.
  • Traditional: Gabriel's Message. Jane Franklin Consort.
  • Nordqvist: Wonderful Peace. Jane Franklin Consort.
  • Leek: Peace. Quodlibet Singers, Queensland PO/Ralph Morton.

  • 16th December

    Show Playlist
  • Brumel: Magnificat secundi toni. Tallis Scholars/Peter Phillips.
  • Anonymous: Russian Orthodox chants - Christmas songs. Munich Russian Chamber Choir/Viktor Dreving.
  • Praetorius: Magnificat: Meine Seel erhebt den Herren. Musica Fiata, La Capella Ducale/Roland Wilson.
  • Purcell: Rejoice in the Lord Alway, Z49. Leonhardt Consort, King's College Choir Cambridge/Gustav Leonhardt.
  • Telemann: Messiah. Susanne Borchert-Rohwedder, sop., Gabriele Kunzler, contr., Holger Off, ten., Eckhard Trox, bass, Hamburg PO, Vocal Ensemble of the Rellingen Church/Wolfgang Zilcher.
  • Marcellino: O Emmanuel. The Song Company/Roland Peelman.
  • Britten: A Shepherd's Carol. The Wilbye Consort/Peter Pears.
  • Rutter: Shepherd's Pipe Carol. Adelaide SO, Adelaide Girls' Choir/Timothy Sexton.

  • 9th December

    Show Playlist
  • Obrecht: Beata es, Maria. Pro Cantione Antiqua/Bruno Turner.
  • Obrecht: Missa Maria Zart (Mass for gentle Mary). Tallis Scholars/Peter Phillips.
  • Bach: Cantata BWV 70, Watch ye, pray ye, pray ye, watch ye!. Kurt Equiluz, ten., Paul Esswood, alto, Wilhelm Wiedl, sop., Ruud van der Meer, bass, Concentus Musicus Vienna, Tolz Boys' Choir/Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
  • Bach: Puer natus in Bethlehem, BWV603. Kevin Bowyer, org., Fionian Chamber Choir/Alice Joensen.
  • Vaughan Williams: Come Down O Love Divine. Thomas Williamson, org., King's College Choir Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury.
  • Tavener (arr. O'Leary): A Nativity. Young Voices of Melbourne/Mark O'Leary.
  • Rutter: Nativity Carol. City of London Sinfonia, Cambridge Singers/John Rutter.

  • 2nd December

    Show Playlist
  • Parsons: Magnificat. The Parsons Affayre/Warren Trevelyan-Jones.
  • Gibbons: Songs of hope. Tonus Peregrinus.
  • Bach: Cantata BWV 61, Come Thou of man the Saviour (I). Christoph Pregardien, ten., Peter Kooy, bass, Sibylla Rubens, sop., Sarah Connolly, m-sop., Collegium Vocale Ghent/Philippe Herreweghe.
  • Graun: Christmas Oratorio. Klaus Mertens, bass, Markus Schafer, ten., Ingrid Schmithusen, sop., Lena Susanne Norin, alto, Das Kleine Konzert, Rhenish Church Choir/Hermann Max.
  • Elgar: I sing the birth. Worcester Cathedral Choir/Donald Hunt.

  • 25th November

    Show Playlist
  • Perotin: Dum sigillum. Hilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier.
  • Anonymous: A Scottish Lady Mass. Red Byrd, Yorvox.
  • Scarlatti A: Nisi Dominus. Susanne Ryden, sop., Ryland Angel, alto., Philharmonia Baroque Orch, Philharmonia Chorale/Nicholas McGegan.
  • Handel: Nisi Dominus. Ian Partridge, ten., Michael George, bass, Charles Brett, alto., Sixteen Choir, Sixteen Orch/Harry Christophers.
  • : Paraphrase 18 - Glasgow. Scottish Philharmonic Singers/Ian McCrorie.
  • : Paraphrase 48- St. Andrew. Scottish Philharmonic Singers/Ian McCrorie.

  • 18th November

    Show Playlist
  • Anonymous: Agnus Dei. Monteverdi Choir/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Handel: Ode for St. Cecilia's Day. Felicity Palmer, sop., Anthony Rolfe Johnson, ten., Concentus Musicus Vienna, Stockholm Bach Choir/Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
  • Gounod: St. Cecilia Mass. Barbara Hendricks, sop., Laurence Dale, ten., Jean-Philippe Lafont, bar., Radio France Chorus, French Radio NO/Georges Pretre.
  • Stanhope: Lament to Saint Cecilia. Sydney Chamber Choir/Paul Stanhope.