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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


11th April

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  • Kats-Chernin, Elena: Prelude and Cube. Jane Sheldon, sop. Australian Brandenburg Orch, Brandenburg Choir/Paul Dyer.
  • Llewellyn, Becky: Whales weep not. Ryszard Pusz, perc. Adelaide Chamber Singers/Carl Crossin.
  • Kouvaras, Linda: ...to enter the dream which includes all dreams. Linda Kouvaras, pno. Australian Contempory Chorale/Hildy Essex.
  • Smyth, Ethel: Mass in D. Andreas Macco, bass, Catriona Smith, sop., Helene Schneiderman, mezzo, Scott MacAllister, ten. Stuttgart Philharmonia Choir, Wurttemberg Philharmonic/Helmut Wolf.

  • 4th April

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  • Lassus, Orlande de: Hymn for Lauds, Aurora Lucis Rutilat. Trinity College Choir, Melbourne/Michael Leighton Jones.
  • Bruckner, Anton: Christus factus est. Canberra Chamber Singers/Dominic Harvey.
  • Mahler, Gustav: Symphony No.2 in C minor, 'Resurrection'. Jennie Tourel, m-sop., Lee Venora, sop. New York PO, The Collegiate Chorale/Leonard Bernstein.
  • Part, Arvo: Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi secundum Joannem (St. John Passion). Tonus Peregrinus/Antony Pitts.

  • 28th March

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  • Scarlatti A: Exultate Deo. Regensburg Cathedral Boys' Choir/Dr. Theobald Schrems.
  • Machaut, Guillaume de: Messe de Nostre Dame. Andreas Scholl, alto., Dominique Vellard, ten., Emanuel Bonnardot, bar., Gerd Turk, ten., Herve Lamy, ten., Jacques Bona, bass, Willem de Waal, bar. Ensemble Gilles Binchois/Dominique Vellard.
  • Finzi, Gerald: Magnificat, Op. 36. Harry Bicket, org. Finzi Singers/Paul Spicer.
  • Messiaen, Olivier: Five Refrains. RIAS Chamber Choir/Daniel Reuss.
  • Traditional: Seven spirituals. Ormond College Choir/Douglas Lawrence.

  • 21st March

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  • Hildegard von Bingen: O eterne Deus. Brooke Green, viola da gamba Singers of St Laurence/Neil McEwan.
  • Handel, George Frederic: Chandos Anthem No.1: O Be Joyful In the Lord. Ian Partridge, ten., Lynne Dawson, sop., Michael George, bass Sixteen Choir, Sixteen Orch/Harry Christophers.
  • Purcell, Henry: Anthems and Service in B flat. King's Consort, King's Consort Choir, New College Choir, Oxford/Robert King.
  • Poulenc, Francis: Gloria. Kathleen Battle, sop. Boston Symphony, Tanglewood Festival Chorus/Seiji Ozawa.
  • Whitwell, Sally: She Walks in Beauty. Sally Whitwell, pno. Vox/Elizabeth Scott.
  • Bowman, Calvin: Child in Nature. Calvin Bowman, pno. Australian Boys' Choir, The Vocal Consort/Noel Ancell.

  • 14th March

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  • Diletsky, Nikolai: Easter Canon. Moscow Chamber Choir/Vladimir Minin.
  • Mussorgsky, Modest (arr. Rimsky-Korsakov, Nicolay):Boris Godounov: Coronation scene. Vienna PO, Vienna State Opera Chorus/Herbert von Karajan.
  • Bortniansky, Dmitry: Cherubic Hymn No.7. Melbourne University Choral Society, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir/Andrew Wailes.
  • Stravinsky, Igor: Mass. City of London Sinfonia, Westminster Cathedral Choir/James O'Donnell.
  • Glazunov, Alexander: The King of the Jews, Op.95. Moscow Capella, Moscow SO/Igor Golovschin.
  • Traditional: On the road. Red Army Band, Red Army Choir/Victor Fedorov.

  • 7th March

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  • Bortniansky, Dmitry: With my voice I cried out to the Lord. Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir/Paul Hillier.
  • Borodin, Alexander: Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances. Atlanta SO, Atlanta Symphony Chorus/Robert Shaw.
  • Chesnokov, Pavel: Bless the Lord O My Soul, Op.9/19. Melbourne University Choral Society, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir/Andrew Wailes.
  • Chesnokov, Pavel: Cherubic Hymn. Melbourne University Choral Society, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir/Andrew Wailes.
  • Rachmaninov, Sergei: Vespers, Op.37. Anna Plotka, alto, Irving Dekterev, ten. Gloriana/Andrew Raiskums.
  • Traditional: We are the Red cavalry. Red Army Band, Red Army Choir/Victor Fedorov.
  • Traditional: O field my field. Red Army Band, Red Army Choir/Victor Fedorov.
  • Traditional: There far away beyond the river. Red Army Band, Red Army Choir/Victor Fedorov.
  • Traditional: Farewell of Slavianka. Red Army Band, Red Army Choir/Victor Fedorov.

  • 28th February

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  • Maclean, Clare: Osanna Mass. Sydney Chamber Choir/Paul Stanhope.
  • Whitwell, Sally: A Hundred Thousand Birds. Sally Whitwell, pno. Vox/Elizabeth Scott.
  • Koehne, Graeme: Words About Music. Adelaide Chamber Singers/Carl Crossin.
  • Butterley, Nigel: Flower in the Crannied Wall. Trinity College Choir, Melbourne/Michael Leighton Jones.
  • Kay, Don: There is an Island - Cantata for Children's Choir & Orch.. Australian Rosny Children's Choir, Tasmanian SO/Georg Tintner.
  • Kouvaras, Linda: ...to enter the dream which includes all dreams. Linda Kouvaras, pno. Australian Contempory Chorale/Hildy Essex.
  • Buc, Nicholas: Death and Lip Gloss. Nicholas Buc, pno. Eltham East Primary School Choir/Anne Williams.

  • 21st February

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  • Josquin Desprez: Beyond the order of this world. Tallis Scholars/Peter Phillips.
  • Anonymous: Sarum Chant - Four Hymns. Tallis Scholars/Peter Phillips.
  • Bach, Johann Sebastian: Anna Magdalena Notebook, excerpts. Andrew Blackburn, hpschd., Bente Lancaster, sop. Aspiration in Harmony .
  • Howells, Herbert: Hymnus Paradisi. Claire Rutter, sop., James Gilchrist, ten. Bach Choir, Bournemouth SO/David Hill.
  • Mamlok, Ursula: Cantata based on the first psalm. Laudibus Choir/Michael Brewer.
  • Stanhope, Paul: Losing the Plot. Calvin Bowman, pno., Charlie Sdraulig, pno. Australian Boys' Choir, The Vocal Consort/Noel Ancell.


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