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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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11th November

Show Playlist
  • Senfl: Magnificat VI: Communio - Beatem me dicent. Vienna Boys' Choir, Clemencic Consort, Vienna Hofburg Castle Choir/Rene Clemencic.
  • Rue: Missa L'Homme arme. Ensemble Clement Janequin.
  • Josquin Desprez: Missa L'Homme arme. Oxford Camerata/Jeremy Summerly.
  • Britten: Sacred and Profane - Eight Medieval Lyrics. The Wilbye Consort/Peter Pears.
  • Jenkins: The Armed Man: Sanctus. London PO, National Youth Choir of Great Britain/Karl Jenkins.
  • Mendelssohn: Grant us peace. Paul Halley, org., St John's Choir, Elora/Noel Edison.
  • Rutter: Go Forth into the World in Peace. Nicholas Rimmer, org., Clare College Choir/Timothy Brown.

  • 4th November

    Show Playlist
  • Gesualdo: Then slay me, grievous torments. The Kassiopeia Quintet.
  • Gesualdo: I languish, cruel one, I die!. The Kassiopeia Quintet.
  • Bach: Cantata BWV 30, Joyous all , ye ransomed souls. Paul Agnew, ten., Joanne Lunn, sop., Dietrich Henschel, bar., Wilke te Brummelstroete, alto, Monteverdi Choir, EBS/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Mendelssohn: O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden. Gilles Cachemaille, bass, Gulbenkian Choir, Gulbenkian Orch/Michel Corboz.
  • Mendelssohn: Psalm 42, As pants the hart. Dame Janet Baker, m-sop., City of London Sinfonia, London Symphony Chorus/Richard Hickox.
  • Llewellyn: Whales weep not. Ryszard Pusz, perc., Adelaide Chamber Singers/Carl Crossin.
  • Harris: Praise the Lord, O my soul. St George's Chapel Choir, Windsor/Timothy Byram-Wigfield.
  • Twist: Do not Stand at my Grave and Weep. The Vocal Consort, Australian Boys' Choir/Noel Ancell.

  • 28th October

    Show Playlist
  • Hildegard von Bingen: Antiphon for St Disibod: O beata infantia. e21/Stephen Grant.
  • Monteverdi: Vespers of the Blessed Virgin, 1610. Les Arts Florissants/William Christie.
  • Chesnokov: Paschal Hymn to the Virgin. St Petersburg Chamber Choir/Nikolai Korniev.
  • Britten: A hymn to the Virgin. The Sixteen/Harry Christophers.

  • 21st October

    Show Playlist
  • Goudimel: As the hart longs. Nancianne Parrella, org., Westminster Choir/Joseph Flummerfelt.
  • Palestrina: Stabat Mater. Cantillation/Antony Walker.
  • Haydn: Mass in C 'Mariazeller', Hob.XXll:8. Stephen Varcoe, bar., Mark Padmore, ten., Susan Gritton, sop., Louise Winter, m-sop., Collegium Musicum 90/Richard Hickox.
  • Gounod (arr. Busser): Requiem. Eva Buffoni, sop., Irene Friedli, contr., Ruben Amoretti, ten., Alain Clement, bass, Michel Veillon, db., Christine Fleischmann, harp, Francois Margot, org., Romand Chamber Choir, Quartet Sine Nomine/Andre Charlet.
  • Gounod: Faust: Soldiers Chorus. London SO, Ambrosian Opera Chorus/Richard Bonynge.
  • Bizet: Te Deum Laudamus. Rudiger Wohlers, ten., St Hedwig's Cathedral Choir, Berlin Cathedral CO/Roland Bader.
  • Saint-Saens: Priere, Op.158. Josephine Vains, vlc., David Macfarlane, org.
  • Faure: O Salutaris hostia. Roberto Alagna, ten., Petits Chanteurs a la Croix Potencee, City of Toulouse Choir, City of Toulouse Orch/Michel Plasson.
  • Bach/Gounod (arr. Higginbottom): Ave Maria. New College Choir, Oxford/Edward Higginbottom.

  • 14th October

    Show Playlist
  • Penalosa: Absolve, Domine. Ensemble Gilles Binchois/Dominique Vellard.
  • Schutz: Funeral Music, Op.7. Monteverdi Choir, EBS, His Majesty's Sagbutts and Cornetts/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Croft: Burial Service. King's College Choir Cambridge/Sir David Willcocks.
  • Bernstein: Symphony No.3, Kaddish. Samuel Pisar, spkr., Abbie Furmansky, sop., Berlin Radio Chorus, Berlin Cathedral Boys Choir, Lucerne SO/John Axelrod.
  • Bortniansky: Lord make me to know my end. Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir/Paul Hillier.
  • Tormis: Our Shadows (Once We Will Reappear). Svanholm Singers/Sofia Soderberg Eberhard.
  • Part: Berliner Mass (Agnus Dei). Gwyn Gillard, org., Geelong Grammar School Choir /Tom Healey.

  • 7th October

    Show Playlist
  • Hildegard von Bingen: O gloriosissimi Lux. Tapestry, Ensemble Project Ars Nova.
  • Monteverdi: In the Light of the Stars. Delitiae Musicae/Marco Longhini.
  • Purcell: The Lord is my Light, Z55. Charles Daniels, ten., Michael George, bass, Rogers Covey-Crump, ten., King's Consort Choir, The King's Consort/Robert King.
  • Handel: Chandos Anthem No.10: The Lord Is My Light. Ian Partridge, ten., Lynne Dawson, sop., Sixteen Choir, Sixteen Orch/Harry Christophers.
  • Vaughan Williams: The Sons of Light. Royal Liverpool PO, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir/David Lloyd-Jones.
  • Brahms: Wherefore is the Light Given to Him, Op.74/1. David Griffiths, bar., Anthony Jennings, org., Dorian Choir/Karen Grylls.
  • Rutter: The Lord is my Light and Salvation. John Scott, org., City of London Sinfonia, Cambridge Singers/John Rutter.
  • Whitwell: Starlight Steeple. Sally Whitwell, pno., Vox/Elizabeth Scott.
  • Grainger: At Twilight. Paul Badley, ten., Academy St Martin in the Fields Chorus/Richard Hickox.
  • Schubert: Moonlight, D.875. BBC Singers/Jane Glover.
  • Harris: Love of love and light of light. St George's Chapel Choir, Windsor/Timothy Byram-Wigfield.
  • Sibelius: In the moonlight, JS 114. YL Male Voice Choir/Matti Hyokki.

  • 30th September

    Show Playlist
  • Ferrabosco II: Fuerunt Mihi Lacrimae. Voice Box/Andrew Robertson.
  • Ferrabosco II: Psalm 103 - Benedic anima mea. Huelgas Ensemble/Paul Van Nevel.
  • Bruckner: Mass No.1 in D minor. Edith Mathis, sop., Wieslaw Ochman, ten., Karl Ridderbusch, bass, Marga Schiml, contr., Bavarian RSO, Bavarian Radio Chorus/Eugen Jochum.
  • Beethoven: Elegischer gesang, Op.118. London SO, Ambrosian Singers/Michael Tilson-Thomas.
  • Maclean: Love was his meaning. Sydney Chamber Choir/Nicholas Routley.
  • Sibelius: Be Still my Soul. David Drury, org., Cantillation/Brett Weymark.

  • 23rd September

    Show Playlist
  • Gesualdo: These gladsome scented flowers. The Kassiopeia Quintet.
  • Monteverdi: O Spring, season of youth. Delitiae Musicae/Marco Longhini.
  • Orff: Carmina Burana. Sally Matthews, sop., Lawrence Brownlee, ten., Christian Gerhaher, bar., Berlin PO, Berlin Radio Chorus, Berlin Cathedral Boys Choir/Sir Simon Rattle.
  • Nielsen: Springtime in Funen, FS96. Inga Nielsen, sop., Peter Gronlund, ten., Sten Byriel, bass, Danish RSO, Danish National Radio Choir, St Anne's School Children's Chorus/Leif Segerstam.
  • Track: Colours of Spring, Op.153. Ensemble Musica Cantata/Margaret Zimmerman.
  • Lennox: Pictures of Spring: Three Songs. Ralph Morton, org., Australian Voices Youth Choir/Graeme Morton.
  • Vaughan Williams: Early in the Spring. London Madrigal Singers/Christopher Bishop.
  • Traditional (arr. Vaughan Williams): The spring time of the year. City of London Sinfonia, Cambridge Singers/John Rutter.