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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.”

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20th May

Show Playlist
  • Gabrieli: Magnificat. Gabrieli Consort and Players/Paul McCreesh.
  • Allegri: Miserere. Cantillation/Antony Walker.
  • Schutz: A sower went out to sow his seed. Musica Fiata, Stuttgart Chamber Choir/Frieder Bernius.
  • Beethoven: Ode to Joy. Sydney Philharmonia Choir, Sydney Philharmonia Orch/Antony Walker.
  • Brahms: Four Gypsy Songs. Ansan City Choir/Shin-Hwa Park.
  • Esenvalds: Northern Lights. Polyphonic Voices/Michael Fulcher.
  • Tormis: Men's Songs, excerpts. Svanholm Singers/Sofia Soderberg Eberhard.
  • Whitacre: Sleep. Laudibus Choir, Eric Whitacre Singers/Eric Whitacre.
  • Mealor: Ave Maria. Tenebrae/Nigel Short.
  • Folds: The Luckiest. Voces 8.
  • Massive Attack: Teardrop. Voces 8.
  • Elgar: Five Part-Songs from the Greek Anthology, Op.45. Baccolian Singers of London/Ian Humphris.
  • Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: Bats' Ultrasound. The Song Company.

  • 13th May

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  • Victoria: Ascendens Christus. Ensemble Plus Ultra /Michael Noone.
  • Bach: Ascension Oratorio, BWV11. Jan Kobow, ten., Chiyuki Urano, bass, Yukari Nonoshita, sop., Patrick van Goethem, countertenor, Bach Collegium, Japan/Masaaki Suzuki.
  • Bach CPE: Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus, Wq240. Peter Harvey, bar., Christoph Pregardien, ten., Hillevi Martinpelto, sop., OAE, Collegium Vocale Ghent/Philippe Herreweghe.
  • Stanford: Coelos ascendit hodie, Op.38/2. Trinity College Choir, Melbourne/Michael Leighton Jones.

  • 6th May

    Show Playlist
  • Dufay: Vasilissa Ergo Gaude. Huelgas Ensemble/Paul van Nevel.
  • Dufay: O Sancte Sebastiane/O Martyr Sebastiane/ O Quam Mira. Huelgas Ensemble/Paul van Nevel.
  • Arcadelt: Madrigal: Quand'io pens'al martire. King's College Choir Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury.
  • Lassus: Missa super Quand'io pens'al martire. King's College Choir Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury.
  • Byrd: Mass for five voices with Propers for the Feast of All Saints. Sixteen Choir/Harry Christophers.
  • Finzi: For St. Cecilia, Op.30. James Gilchrist, ten., Bournemouth SO, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus/David Hill.
  • : Psalm 43 - Martyrs. Scottish Philharmonic Singers/Ian McCrorie.
  • : Psalm 130 - Martyrdom. Scottish Philharmonic Singers/Ian McCrorie.
  • Vaughan Williams: For All the Saints. Mark Bensted, org., Choir of St Anne's Anglican Church/Peter McMillan.
  • Barber: The Virgin Martyrs. Cambridge University Chamber Choir/Timothy Brown.
  • Arne: Elegy on the death of Mr. Shenstone. Hilliard Ensemble.

  • 29th April

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  • Josquin Desprez: Missa Pange Lingua. Sydney Chamber Choir/Nicholas Routley.
  • Blow: God spake sometimes in visions. Academy of St Martin in the Fields, King's College Choir Cambridge/Sir David Willcocks.
  • Bach: Cantata BWV172, Ye voices resounding, ye psalteries sounding. Barbara Schlick, sop., Christoph Pregardien, ten., Klaus Mertens, bass, Kai Wessel, alto., Amsterdam Baroque Orch, Amsterdam Baroque Choir/Ton Koopman.
  • Bach: Cantata BWV149, The voice of rejoicing and hope. Kurt Equiluz, ten., Paul Esswood, alto, Sebastian Hennig, sop., Max van Egmond, bass, Leonhardt Consort, Hanover Boys' Choir, Collegium Vocale Ghent/Gustav Leonhardt.
  • Kodaly: Pange Lingua. John Scott, org., Regent Chamber Choir/Gary Cole.
  • Heim: Meditation: Pangue Lingua. Sydney Chamber Choir/Nicholas Routley.
  • Bruckner: Pange lingua. Freiburg Vocal Ensemble/Wolfgang Schafer.

  • 22nd April

    Show Playlist
  • Hildegard von Bingen: Wisdom and her sisters. Anonymous 4.
  • Hildegard von Bingen: O ignee spiritus. Anonymous 4.
  • Handel: Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, HWV74, Eternal Source of Light Divine. James Bowman, alto., Michael George, bass, John Mark Ainsley, ten., Gillian Fisher, sop., New College Choir, Oxford, King's Consort/Robert King.
  • Purcell: Come Ye Sons of Art, Ode for the Birthday of Queen Mary, 1694, Z232. Michael Chance, alto., Trevor Pinnock, hpschd., Jennifer Smith, sop., Timothy Wilson, alto., Stephen Richardson, bass, English Concert, English Concert Choir/Trevor Pinnock.
  • Faure: The Birth of Venus, Op.29. Sara Macliver, sop., Teddy Tahu Rhodes, bar., Jenny Duck-Chong, m-sop., Paul McMahon, ten., Sinfonia Australis, Cantillation/Antony Walker.
  • Elgar: I sing the birth. Adrian Partington, org., Worcester Cathedral Choir/Donald Hunt.
  • Warlock: The Lady's Birthday. Jennifer Partridge, pno., Baccolian Singers of London/Ian Humphris.
  • Tavener: Birthday Sleep. Polyphony/Stephen Layton.

  • 15th April

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  • Ockeghem: Motet, Intemerata Dei mater. Hilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier.
  • Sheppard: Reges Tharsis. Tallis Scholars/Peter Phillips.
  • Gilles: Requiem. Agnes Mellon, sop., Peter Kooy, bass, Howard Crook, ten., Herve Lamy, ten., La Chapelle Royale Choir, La Chapelle Royale Orch/Philippe Herreweghe.
  • Berlioz: Tristia, Op.18. Monteverdi Choir, ORR/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Nielsen: Three Motets Op.55, FS139. Danish National Radio Choir/Leif Segerstam.
  • Brahms: Why should the sufferer be forn to see the light, Op.74. Concentus Vocalis/Herbert Bock.
  • Bortniansky: Why Art Sorrowful, O My Soul. Moscow Chamber Choir/Vladimir Minin.

  • 8th April

    Show Playlist
  • Merulo: Magnificat del secondo tono. Frederic Munoz, org., Grupo Vocal Gregor.
  • Josquin Desprez: La Deploration de Johannes Ockeghem: Nymphes des bois. Pro Cantione Antiqua/Bruno Turner.
  • Brixi: Missa Integra in D minor. Ibolya Verebics, sop., Christel Borchers, alto, Scot Weir, ten., Joachim Gebhardt, bass, Prague CO, Kuehn Mixed Chorus/Helmuth Rilling.
  • Mozart: Missa Brevis in G, K140. Andreas Schmidt, bass, Helen Donath, sop., Uwe Heilmann, ten., Annette Markert, m-sop., Leipzig Radio Choir, Leipzig RSO/Herbert Kegel.
  • Martinu: Field Mass. Miroslav Kejmar, tpt., Ivan Kusnjer, bar., Czech PO, Czech Philharmonic Chorus/Jiri Belohlavek.
  • Stanhope: Pirramimma. St Peters Chorale/Graeme Morton.
  • Smetana: Three-part choruses for female voices. Prague Chamber Choir/Josef Pancik.

  • 1st April

    Show Playlist
  • Anonymous: Easter Pre-Mass Processional Chant. Schola Antiqua/John Blackley.
  • Tallis: Responses and Collects for Easter Matins. Chapelle du Roi /Alistair Dixon.
  • Tallis: Christ rising again from the dead. Chapelle du Roi /Alistair Dixon.
  • Schutz: O Bone Jesu, fili Marriae, SWV471. Fretwork, Monteverdi Choir, EBS/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri - Cycle of seven Cantatas, BuxWV75, Upon the feet. Fretwork, Monteverdi Choir, EBS/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Ives: Easter Carol. Christopher Hughes, org., BBC Singers, New London Orch (members of)/Stephen Cleobury.
  • Anonymous (arr. Wood): This joyful eastertide. City of London Sinfonia, Cambridge Singers/John Rutter.
  • Byrd: Haec dies. Cardinall's Musick/Andrew Carwood.
  • Nanino: Haec dies. Westminster Abbey Choir/Simon Preston.

  • 25th March

    Show Playlist
  • Anonymous: Hymn, Vexilla Regis prodeunt. Westminster Abbey Choir, Abbey Consort/Martin Neary.
  • Guerrero: Motet: Vexilla regis. Musica Ficta/Raul Mallavibarrena.
  • Cardoso: Lamentations for Maundy Thursday. Westminster Cathedral Choir/James O'Donnell.
  • Charpentier: Tenebrae for Maundy Thursday. Peter Harvey, bar., Ian Honeyman, ten., Gerard Lesne, alto., Sandrine Piau, sop., Il Seminario Musicale/Gerard Lesne.
  • Poulenc: Tenebrae factae sunt. Concentus Vocalis/Herbert Bock.
  • Da Venosa: Tenebrae Factae Sunt. The Song Company.